Chargers 23, Titans 17
What an unbelievable game, my pulse is still racing!
Let me begin by proposing that Tennessee’s “LP Field” be renamed “LT Field”….think that’ll fly? And it appears that Vince Young has fallen prey to the “Madden Curse.”
I have to admit, I was rapidly losing faith in the 2nd quarter, and had really lost it by the time the Chargers were down 17-3, even considering putting Philip Rivers on my fantasy chopping block (Sorry Philip, please forgive me!) especially after his 2nd INT of the game, giving him a total of 15 for the season (really, Phil, it has to stop, OK?) I did have serious pangs of guilt after a cheap shot to his knee sidelined him for a few plays, to subsequently return in a brace; allowing Billy Volek to make his triumphant return to Tennessee, only to throw an INT. Despite Rivers’ 2 picks, he redeemed himself with 2 TDs and some amazingly heads-up and agile plays despite the pain I knew he suffered, exhibiting the leadership qualities so firmly espoused last season and somewhat lacking thus far this year.
Antonio “Mr. INTâ€ Cromartie snagged his 9th pick of the season, still leading the league! Later in the game Matt Wilhelm added an INT of his own, as well as leading the team in tackling today, with Clinton Hart a close second. Shawne “Sackmasterâ€ Merriman added 2 sacks to up his season total to 11.5; however, left in the 3rd quarter due to a sprained left knee, to be replaced by Marques “Backflipâ€ Harris.
Antonio Gates landed painfully hard upon his left hip, and, despite being in obvious pain, returned to snag the tying TD in the 4th quarter with 9 seconds left. Adding to the “death toll” was an as-of-yet-undisclosed injury to Lorenzo Neal.
LaDainian “Mr. Decemberâ€ Tomlinson was true to form, rushing for 146 yds and a TD as well as receiving 27 yds and another TD, including the game-winning OT 16-yd scramble.
Vincent Jackson had a couple of clutch grabs, most importantly keeping the winning OT drive alive. Chris Chambers contributed his receiving skill as well. Special teams were great, as always, with Nate Kaeding perfect on FGs and XPs, while Mike Scifres was able (along with a spectacular play by Kassim Osgood) to pin the Titans deep in their own territory a few times.
Props to the Titans’ defense for tiring out toward the end of the game.
The officiating was miserable, from the failure to flag obvious holding and personal foul penalties (most notably by the Titans.) However, a late-drive “catchâ€ by Chris Chambers, dubbed a reception on the field, was upheld after review (it really could have gone both ways.) Furthermore, I still have no clue what, if anything, is in Norv Turner’s head, with some of the plays he called.
Anyway, I have no voice and further aggravated my post-op right knee from all the pacing and jumping; not to mention my neighbors probably thought I was being massacred for 3.5 hours…..oh, and let’s not forget the undeniably excessive use of air horns!
San Diego has bettered its record to 8-5, hosting Detroit next week, coming off a truly disappointing last-second loss to Dallas.
“Now that’s what I’m talking about!!!”