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Tomlinson wins rushing title

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AlP8eAXWzqjbARvCdAwytvSU2bYF?slug=txchargerstomlinson&amp;prov=st&amp;type=lgns" target="_blank">PA SportsTicker</a>

    <img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20071231/capt.d6df98938d8c4e06b6ae99c713f34e52.chargers_raiders_football_cata109.jpg" alt="San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson smiles at the end of the game against the Oakland Raiders in an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007. San Diego won 30-17." align="left" height="231" width="151" />OAKLAND, California (Ticker)- San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson wrapped up his second straight rushing title on Sunday after running for 56 yards in a 30-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

    After a slow start, Tomlinson finished the season with 1,474 yards - 341 less than his total of 1,815 last season, when he set an NFL record with 31 touchdowns.

    Tomlinson finished 133 yards ahead of Minnesota Vikings rookie Adrian Peterson, who took over the rushing lead after running for an NFL-record 296 yards in a 35-17 Week Nine win over the Chargers.

    Peterson was on pace to become the first rookie to lead the NFL in rushing since Edgerrin James in 1999. But he suffered his knee injury in a 34-0 loss at Green Bay the following week and was not as effective after returning.

    Peterson did not start Sunday and was limited to 36 yards in the Vikings' 22-19 overtime defeat to the Denver Broncos.

    In the first four games of the season, Tomlinson ran for only 262 yards as the Chargers started 1-3 under first-year coach Norv Turner.

    After his first 100-yard game of the season, a 132-yard performance against Kansas City in Week Four, Tomlinson ranked 18th in rushing.

    But the 28-year-old running back caught fire with 177 yards in a 24-10 Week 13 victory at Kansas City, the first of his four straight 100-yard games.

    With the Chargers (11-5) tuning up for the playoffs, Tomlinson was limited to 15 carries on Sunday.

    "I kind of feel like last year, where I felt strong at the end of the year and I really felt like I was playing my best football at the end," Tomlinson said earlier in the week.

    The Chargers have won six straight games and will host a first-round playoff contest next week.

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