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Mike McCoy talked last week about the importance of closing out games. For the second straight game, his defense delivered with a lockdown fourth quarter.
The Chargers will rise above .500 for the first time this season, thanks to a dominant final 15 minutes by the defense and a three-yard touchdown by Ryan Mathews. They defeat the Jaguars for their second road victory of 2013, 24-6.
That's the second touchdown for Mathews in as many games. He had six carries to close the game out, including the tote that turned into six more points and ended a drive that spanned two quarters.
That score was set up by a big catch and run by Eddie Royal. He reversed his field and ran right after running left and gained 29 yards.
The defense took over from there. They harassed Chad Henne, sacking him three times and notching another game-sealing interception.
Marcus Gilchrist, who knocked away a touchdown earlier in the game, came down with the pick. Henne overthrew Justin Blackmon and he leapt to snag the ball away.
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All three members of the Bolts' three-headed rushing attack played a role to help widen a third quarter lead.
Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead, and Ronnie Brown all earned touches on a ten-play, 79-yard drive in the middle of the third quarter. Nick Novak kicked a 20-yard field goal at the end of that drive and the Chargers are up 17-6 after 45 minutes of play.
Brown got things started with back-to-back runs up the middle totaling 13 yards. Penalties put the Bolts offense in reverse, but then, on 2nd and 20, Rivers threw to Woodhead out of the backfield. The speedy back jukes around Jaguars until he was dragged down 26 yards later. Then, Ryan Mathews ran left for a 14-yard pickup to set up Novak's kick.
The Jaguars responded with a long drive of their own, highlighted by a 43-yard pitch and catch from Chad Henne to Mike Brown. But once in scoring range, Marcus Gilchrist pried the ball away from Marcedes Lewis in the back corner of the end zone on a second down play. Then, Justin Blackmon couldn't get two feet in bounds on a potential touchdown throw from Henne on third down. Scobee kicked his second field goal of the game on fourth down.
The Bolts have the ball in Jaguars territory to start the fourth quarter. Stay tuned to Chargers.com.
Very few coaches are faced with an easy decision when their starting and backup left tackles exit a game. Even fewer coaches have the luxury of swapping in a player of D.J. Fluker's caliber in such an emergency.
The first-round rookie out of Alabama stepped up for Mike MCCoy when King Dunlap and Mike Remmers stepped out and paved the way for another Bolts touchdown. Philip Rivers had time to find Eddie Royal darting for the corner thanks to some great protection, and at the end of the half the Chargers lead the Jaguars 14-3.
The team's second touchdown was impressive on all fronts. Fluker and the line bought time for Rivers, who hit Royal in stride. And Royal navigated around a would-be tackler before leaping for the front pylon. The score was reviewed and upheld.
The Jaguars responded to that score with an 18-play drive of their own. But that possession yielded only three points when Shareece Wright got his fingertips on a slant to Cecil Shorts on 3rd-and-3 from the Chargers' 12-yard line. Jags kicker Josh Scobee booted a 30-yard field goal as a result.
Rivers and the offense took over with just under five minutes left to go. Two highlight reel catches -- a one-hander by Gates and a sliding snag by Keenan Allen -- got the Bolts back into scoring range at the end of the half. But Rivers scrambled with time expiring and was stopped inches short of a third touchdown.
The Jaguars will receive the second-half kickoff. Stay tuned to Chargers.com.
One of the most prolific quarterback - tight end tandems in NFL history is at it again.
Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates connected three times on the opening drive in Jacksonville and helped the Chargers cap a 13-play drive. Danny Woodhead ran up the middle for a two-yard score -- his first rushing touchdown of the season -- and after fifteen minutes, the Bolts lead the Jaguars 7-0.
Rivers controlled the ball for seven and a half minutes to begin the game. Gates came down with the contest's first catch, a five-yard gain over the middle. Rivers continued to work his tight end between the hash marks all drive long.
Gates caught everything, including a tough six-yard gain on third down to move the chains deep in Jaguars territory. The Jags brought pressure up the middle and nearly got to Rivers -- but not before he rifled a pass to Gates.
Ryan Mathews and Keenan Allen have showed up early after breakout games last weekend. Mathews has four carries for 22 yards, and Allen snagged one pass for a 26-yard pickup.
The Bolts have the ball to start the second quarter looking to add to their early lead.
With a trip to the Sunshine State, the Bolts are looking to rise above .500 for the first time this season.
That won’t be an easy feat with the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6) playing host today. Head Coach Mike McCoy and the San Diego Chargers (3-3) know their Week 7 opponent is much more dangerous than their record indicates. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:00AM PST at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.
Philip Rivers has played well against the Jaguars in the past. The ten-year veteran is 2-1 all-time vs. today’s opponent, completing 66 of 97 passes (68%) for 937 yards and seven touchdowns. If that success (and Rivers’ hot start to the 2013 season) continues, he’ll have another chance to enter the Bolts’ record books. Rivers needs 262 passing yards to join Dan Fouts (43,040) as the only passers in team history with 30,000 in their career. Breakout receivers like Vincent Brown and Keenan Allen could help Rivers reach that mark. And when he isn’t throwing, Rivers can hand off to a stable of strong running backs that helped the Bolts ground out a win last week. Ryan Mathews notched the team’s first 100-yard performance this season, but under McCoy, any rusher could have his number called – including Danny Woodhead, Ronnie Brown and Le’Ron McClain.
The Jaguars pushed the Denver Broncos to the brink of an upset last week with an impressive offensive performance. Shareece Wright, Derek Cox and the rest of the Bolts’ secondary will be tabbed with slowing down the hottest receiver in football, Justin Blackmon, who notched 190 receiving yards last week. He will seek to catch more passes from quarterback Chad Henne, who tallied 303 yards through the air in Week 6. Henne also shares the backfield with another premier player, running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who enjoyed his most successful rushing day of the season last week in Denver. It’ll be up to linemen Corey Liuget, Kendall Reyes and Cam Thomas to make sure the UCLA product’s momentum doesn’t carry over this week.
Inactives for the Chargers include: Nick Becton, Donald Butler, Jarret Johnson, Chad Rinehart, Brad Sorensen, Stephen Schilling and Brandon Taylor. Johnnie Troutman will start for Rinehart, Andrew Gachkar for Butler and Tourek Williams for Johnson.
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