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Chargers Dominate Time of Possession in Win

Posted Oct 20, 2013

Once again, the Bolts dominated time of possession.

Early in the first quarter, Ladarius Green was pushed out of bounds on the sidelines after a 13-yard gain and a first down.  There, he found defensive coordinator John Pagano, eager to congratulate the tight end with a few helmet slaps.

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Pagano and the defense could congratulate plays like that all day.  The offense kept them off the field against the Jaguars and dominated the time of possession on Sunday.

The Bolts held the ball for 37:30 to the Jaguars' 22:30.  Save for one 18-play drive that ended with a field goal for the opposition in the second quarter, that number would be skewed even more in the Bolts' favor. 

McCoy has good reason to sing the praises of his offense today.  Philip Rivers led a unit that was a perfect six-for-six on third down in the first half and converted over half of all their third downs during the game.  More impressively, Rivers' first incompletion came with 57 seconds to go in the first half -- that's right, the first half.

More often than not, Rivers dropped back and found the receiver he wanted.  After converting that first third down to Green, he connected on third down with Antonio Gates for seven yards.  And like the duo had so many times before, they moved the chains.

Sometimes, it didn't look as easy as Rivers and Gates can make it seem.  Right after his first incompletion, Rivers went back to Keenan Allen on a slant.  The throw was either late or behind the rookie, but Allen slid low, cradled the pass, and took contact. Again, the chains moved.

Rivers, Gates, and Allen churned out drive-extending first downs through the air, and another strong rushing day kept the clock rolling.  Led by his second consecutive 100-yard game, Ryan Mathews and the Bolts earned 10 first downs on the ground. 

The rushing game really clicked in the third quarter.  Mathews, Danny Woodhead, and Ronnie Brown all contributed on a ten-play drive that ate up the clock in the third quarter.  The drive, highlighted by a 23-yard screen to Woodhead on 2nd-and-20, effectively put the game out of reach for the Jaguars.

Mathews added a touchdown early in the 4th quarter to seal the victory and end a dominant day of possession by the Chargers.

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