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Tomlinson proves unstoppable

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.pe.com/sports/football/stories/PE_Sports_Local_D_chargers_side_17.944d379.html" target="_blank">The Press-Enterprise</a>

    <img src="http://bolttalk.com/images/tomlinson15.jpg" alt="LaDanian Tomlinson" />


    OAKLAND - The Coliseum stands were empty, save for the cleanup crew sweeping away the trash. Seagulls circled in the late afternoon sun.

    And there, in the North end zone, one lonely, handmade sign still hung over the front of the bleachers.

    "Stop LT"

    Easier said than done. The Oakland Raiders didn't come close to stopping LaDainian Tomlinson on Sunday. Tomlinson ran for 140 yards and one touchdown, caught two passes for 39 yards and another touchdown and threw a 4-yard scoring pass to Justin Peelle.

    The result was a 27-14 Chargers' victory that evened San Diego's record at 3-3.

    Tomlinson's feat -- rushing, receiving and throwing for a touchdown in the same game -- has only been accomplished five times in the past 40 years. He's the first to do it in four seasons.

    "Actually, you kind of get numb to it," fullback Lorenzo Neal said of Tomlinson's superb performances.

    Added quarterback Drew Brees: "He has a higher quarterback rating than anybody in the history of the game. I think all-in-all, he's 4 for 5, three touchdowns and yards-per-catch of 30 or something."

    Brees is pretty good keeping track of Tomlinson -- the only number that's off is the yards-per-catch, which actually is just 22.25.

    San Diego jumped to a 14-0 lead thanks to Tomlinson's more conventional scoring. On the Chargers' second series, Brees found Tomlinson on a short pass on the left sideline. Apparently, the Oakland coverage broke down because Tomlinson had a wide-open trip to the end zone and a 35-yard score. That made it 18 consecutive games with a touchdown for Tomlinson, tying Lenny Moore's 40-year old NFL record. Tomlinson stopped on his way back to the sideline and retrieved the ball.

    On San Diego's next possession, it was Tomlinson capping a 55-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run.

    The killer was the pass. Leading 17-7 late in the second quarter, the Chargers got a first-and-goal at the 2, but Tomlinson lost a yard apiece on two runs. Oakland then called a timeout and out of the stoppage, Brees gave it to Tomlinson, who moved right, then pulled up and threw to Peelle in the middle of the end zone.

    "Watch the throw," San Diego coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "There wasn't much room in there. He looked like a quarterback. He just kind of flicked it in there."

    Said Peelle: "L. T. actually put that ball right on my chest. I had a guy all over me."

    The win lifted Schottenheimer's record against the Raiders to 24-7.

    Schottenheimer downplayed the significance during his post-game comments but his players said that the coach points to these games.

    "It's his opponent," safety Terrence Kiel said. "He hates the Raiders. He didn't say why. He just talked about the Raiders for a while. (He said) they don't respect anybody."

    Added Tomlinson: "He enjoys this game. He reminded us every day, five, six times that it was Raider week."

    Tomlinson made it a happy week for the Chargers.

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