Chargers Mow Baltimore Down

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  1. Rupert

    Rupert The Long Wind

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    By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer
    November 25, 2007

    AP - Nov 25, 5:49 pm EST
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    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- LaDainian Tomlinson reached another milestone and the Chargers got a much-needed win.

    Philip Rivers quieted the boo-birds and rediscovered Antonio Gates, throwing two of his three touchdown passes to the All-Pro tight end and leading San Diego to a 32-14 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

    Tomlinson had a quiet day until his 36-yard run early in the third quarter pushed the reigning league MVP past 10,000 career rushing yards, making him the 23rd player in NFL history to reach the milestone and the third in less than a month.

    The Chargers (6-5) won for the fifth time in seven games following their shocking 1-3 start. This was the first time in a while that so many things went right for the Bolts.
    The Ravens (4-7) lost their franchise-record fifth straight game. Quarterback Kyle Boller was sacked four times.

    These two teams finished with the best records in the AFC last year and would have met for a Super Bowl berth if not for their pratfalls in their playoff openers. The Ravens lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts, and the Chargers melted down against New England.

    Baltimore hasn't been the same since, and the Chargers, especially Rivers, have been wildly inconsistent in Norv Turner's first season as head coach.

    Rivers, who came in leading the NFL with 17 turnovers, didn't throw an interception for only the third game this season. He was booed several times after overthrowing receivers but won over the crowd during the second quarter, when San Diego surged to a 22-7 lead.

    Rivers found Gates wide open in zone coverage for a 35-yard touchdown pass midway through the quarter, then hit an equally open Chris Chambers on a 5-yard scoring toss just before halftime.

    Gates caught a 25-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter. He finished with six catches for 105 yards.

    Rivers was 25-of-35 for 249 yards. Tomlinson carried 24 times for 77 yards and had six catches for 45 yards.

    Tomlinson reached the 10,000-yard milestone three days after Warrick Dunn of the Atlanta Falcons did it. Tomlinson became the third player this month to join the exclusive club. Jacksonville's Fred Taylor made it to 10,000 yards on Nov. 11 against the Tennessee Titans. He came out after the run, and the milestone was acknowledged on the video screen. Fans started chanting "L.T.! L.T." and the running back, in his seventh season, pointed to the crowd and bowed. Tomlinson's monster 2006 season included 31 touchdowns and 186 points, both league records.

    The Ravens had two turnovers, leading to six points for San Diego.

    Shawne Merriman sacked Boller and forced a fumble that linebacker Marques Harris recovered midway through the second quarter, setting up Nate Kaeding's 46-yard field goal. It was the first sack in five games for Merriman, who had an NFL-high 17 last year. A week earlier, Merriman was knocked on his rear end by 5-foot-7 Maurice Jones-Drew in San Diego's 24-17 loss at Jacksonville. Merriman had only one tackle in the game, then questioned his teammates' commitment. He backed off those statements after watching the game film a day later.

    Mike Anderson muffed the kickoff after Chambers' touchdown catch and Tim Dobbins recovered, setting up Kaeding's 41-yard field goal. Kaeding finished with four field goals. Baltimore's Willis McGahee scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter and Boller threw a 13-yard TD pass to Le'Ron McClain in the third.
     
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  2. CrossBones

    CrossBones The Black Pearl

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    Damn it. :p

    Having Norv fail with a team that was 14-2 would just be money!