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Bolts Out of the Blues Power Surge Lifts San Diego Past Favre, New York

September 23, 2008

By Bernie Wilson

Facing Brett Favre in prime time, the San Diego Chargers knew they had to leave no doubt.

Stunned by two gut-wrenching losses, Philip Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson and the rest of the Chargers raced past nemesis Favre and the New York Jets for a 48-29 victory Monday night in a wild game befitting two original AFL teams.

“It didn’t matter how any of us felt. We were going to do what we had to do to win this game,” Tomlinson said. “We needed this bad. If we lost this game, we go 0-3 and I don’t know what’s going to happen. For us to get that first win, there is a sigh of relief.”

Rivers tied a career-high with three touchdown passes, Tomlinson scored his first two touchdowns of the season and San Diego finally got back at Favre after all these years.

They sacked him three times and intercepted him twice, including a 52-yard return for a score by All-Pro cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

Favre always seemed to come up big on Monday nights with Green Bay. This night, though, he finally lost to the Chargers after beating them five straight times dating to 1993.

San Diego (1-2) looked like the team picked by many to reach the Super Bowl. The Chargers lost their opener to Carolina on the last play, then lost by one point at Denver in a game remembered for referee Ed Hochuli’s blown call that set up the Broncos’ winning score.

“It’s good to win a game,” Rivers said. “We needed to win a game. I think you saw what this team can do and the big plays we can make.”

Tomlinson, the two-time defending NFL rushing champion, scored on a 2-yard leap to give the Chargers a 38-14 lead in the third quarter. He had been slowed since jamming his right big toe late in the Carolina game. He scored on another 2-yard run late in the fourth quarter, one play after Rivers’ 60-yard pass to Vincent Jackson.

“I almost forgot what it felt like,” said Tomlinson, who has 131 career touchdowns to tie Cris Carter for sixth place all time. “I was happy to get a rushing touchdown to keep you guys off our backs.”

Although the Chargers know they need to improve on defense, it was enough to stop Favre.

“I wasn’t surprised, based on what we’ve seen on film,” Favre said. “They were very active defensively. This ruffled us a little bit protectionwise. I thought they schemed very good.”

Favre rolled his left ankle early in the third quarter but said he thinks he’s OK.

Chargers 48, Jets 29 N.Y. Jets7 7 0 15 – 29

San Diego 10 21 7 10 – 48

First quarter

NY – Barrett 25 interception return (Feely kick), 11:27. N.Y. Jets 7, San Diego 0.

SD – FG Kaeding 36, 5:40. Drive: 12 plays, 53 yards, 5:47. Key plays: Rivers 12 pass to Davis on third-and-8; Rivers 20 pass to Davis on third-and-10 to Jets 37. N.Y. Jets 7, San Diego 3.

SD – Tolbert 1 pass from Rivers (Kaeding kick), 2:03. Drive: 5 plays, 16 yards, 1:54. Key plays: Jammer 23 return of Jones fumble to Jets 16; Rivers 11 pass to Davis to Jets 2. San Diego 10, N.Y. Jets 7.

Second quarter

SD – Cromartie 52 interception return (Kaeding kick), 14:48. San Diego 17, N.Y. Jets 7.

NY – Coles 3 pass from Favre (Feely kick), 13:50. Drive: 2 plays, 5 yards, :58. Key play: Washington 94 kickoff return to Chargers 5. San Diego 17, N.Y. Jets 14.

SD – Chambers 27 pass from Rivers (Kaeding kick), 11:17. Drive: 5 plays, 44 yards, 2:33. Key plays: M. Harris 1 return of onside kickoff to Jets 44; Tomlinson 4 run on third-and-1 to Jets 31. San Diego 24, N.Y. Jets 14.

SD – Gates 6 pass from Rivers (Kaeding kick), 3:17. Drive: 10 plays, 45 yards, 5:50. Key plays: Weddle 3 interception return to Jets 45; Tomlinson 3 run on third-and-1; Tomlinson 1 run on third- and-1 to Jets 10. San Diego 31, N.Y. Jets 14.

Third quarter

SD – Tomlinson 2 run (Kaeding kick), 10:36. Drive: 7 plays, 79 yards, 4:24. Key plays: Rivers 19 pass to Gates; Rivers 25 pass to Sproles; Sproles 21 run to Jets 2. San Diego 38, N.Y. Jets 14.

Fourth quarter

NY – Stuckey 4 pass from Favre (pass failed), 10:30. Drive: 15 plays, 83 yards, 5:28. Key plays: Favre 12 pass to Stuckey; Favre 12 pass to Cotchery; Favre 9 pass to Baker on fourth-and-1; Favre 2 run on fourth-and-1 to Chargers 4. San Diego 38, N.Y. Jets 20.

NY – FG Feely 32, 8:21. Drive: 6 plays, 43 yards, 2:09. Key plays: Gholston recovery of onside kickoff at Jets 43; Favre 41 pass to Coles to Chargers 8. San Diego 38, N.Y. Jets 23.

SD – Tomlinson 2 run (Kaeding kick), 3:55. Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 4:26. Key plays: Rivers 5 pass to Jackson on third-and-2; Rivers 60 pass to Jackson on third-and-5 to Jets 2. San Diego 45, N.Y. Jets 23.

NY – Keller 13 pass from Favre (pass failed), 3:09. Drive: 2 plays, 19 yards, :46. Key play: Cotchery 54 kickoff return to Chargers 19. San Diego 45, N.Y. Jets 29.

SD – FG Kaeding 49, 2:03. Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards, 1:06. Key play: Carroll recovers onside kickoff at Jets 39. San Diego 48, N.Y. Jets 29.

A – 68,922. Time – 2:59.

NY SD

FIRST DOWNS 21 20

Rushing 2 8

Passing 17 12

Penalty 2 0

THIRD DOWN EFF 1-8 9-13

FOURTH DOWN EFF 2-3 0-0

TOTAL NET YARDS 308 357

Total Plays 63 60

Avg Gain 4.9 6.0

NET YARDS RUSHING 41 107

Rushes 13 35

Avg per rush 3.2 3.1

NET YARDS PASSING 267 250

Sacked-Yds lost 3-30 0-0

Gross-Yds passing 297 250

Completed-Att. 33-47 19-25

Had Intercepted 3 1

Yards-Pass Play 5.3 10.0

KICKOFFS-End Zone-TB 6-2-1 9-0-0

PUNTS-Avg. 2-38.0 1-48.0

Punts blocked 0 0

FGs-PATs blocked 0-0 0-0

TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE 316 96

Punt Returns 0-0 0-0

Kickoff Returns 9-291 3-41

Interceptions 1-25 3-55

PENALTIES-Yds 2-5 6-37

FUMBLES-Lost 2-1 0-0

TIME OF POSSESSION 27:40 32:20

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING – N.Y. Jets, Jones 10-37, Favre 2-5, Washington 1-(minus 1). San Diego, Tomlinson 26-67, Sproles 5-38, Hester 1-3, Rivers 3- (minus 1).

PASSING – N.Y. Jets, Favre 30-42-2-271, Clemens 3-5-1-26. San Diego, Rivers 19-25-1-250.

RECEIVING – N.Y. Jets, Cotchery 10-76, Coles 6-75, Stuckey 6-42, Keller 4-41, Baker 3-26, Washington 2-20, Jones 2-17. San Diego, Tolbert 4-17, Jackson 3-74, Davis 3-43, Tomlinson 3-20, Sproles 2- 39, Gates 2-25, Chambers 1-27, Manumaleuna 1-5.

KICKOFF RETURNS – N.Y. Jets, Washington 5-198, Cotchery 1-54, B. Smith 1-26, Bowens 1-7, Franks 1-6. San Diego, Sproles 2-40, M. Harris 1-1.

TACKLES-ASSISTS-SACKS – N.Y. Jets, D. Harris 9-1-0, Barton 3-4- 0, Pace 6-0-0, K. Coleman 5-0-0, Lowery 4-0-0, Barrett 3-1-0, Ellis 2-2-0, Devito 3-0-0, Pouha 3-0-0, Rhodes 3-0-0, Thomas 3-0-0, Revis 1-1-0, Cotchery 1-0-0, Faneca 1-0-0, Gholston 1-0-0, Jenkins 1-0-0, Murrell 1-0-0, E. Smith 1-0-0, Spencer 1-0-0, Elam 0-1-0. San Diego, Cromartie 7-2-0, Cason 6-1-0, Weddle 5-2-0, Tucker 5-1-2, Hart 5-1- 0, Phillips 4-1-1, Wilhelm 4-1-0, Dobbins 4-0-0, Gordon 3-0-0, Jammer 2-1-0, Applewhite 2-0-0, Gregory 1-1-0, Olshansky 1-1-0, D. Smith 1-1-0, Siler 0-2-0, Bingham 1-0-0, M. Harris 1-0-0, Kaeding 1- 0-0, Naanee 1-0-0, Osgood 1-0-0, Castillo 0-1-0, Cesaire 0-1-0.

INTERCEPTIONS – New York, Barrett 1-25. San Diego, Cromartie 2- 52, Weddle 1-3.

OFFICIALS – Referee Peter Morelli, Ump Richard Hall, HL George Hayward, LJ Darryll Lewis, FJ Rob Vernatchi, SJ Greg Wilson, BJ Kirk Dornan, Replay Howard Slavin.

Originally published by Bernie Wilson, Associated Press.

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