SAN DIEGO – Buffalo had scored 10 unanswered points and crept within six during a pivotal third quarter.
The Chargers faced a fourth-and-2 in their own territory, appearing to go two possessions without a first down to open the half.
Nine seconds later,
“I just got a good read on the quarterback,” said Gregory, who hadn’t scored a touchdown since playing for Syracuse in college. “I was able to make a good break on the ball, caught it and nothing but grass in front of me.”
Weddle, the team’s starting free safety and one of the leaders on defense, played personal protector on punt team for the third game, a position that used to be
The play design on the fake punt called for
“The personal protector’s the one running it,” Hester said. “He kind of asked all of us in the huddle. We kind of looked at the defense and everybody was in agreement. We thought we could run it, and it was there. Ultimately it’s Eric that made the decision.
“You don’t see many starting safeties as good as he is doing that. All the onus was on Randy and he did a great job.”
Said Gregory: “I told him, his 40 must be like a 4.9 on that one, but he got around the edge (laughs). He did what he needed to do.”
It was the second consecutive week Weddle launched a sudden run of touchdowns. His interception late in the first half against Jacksonville helped the Bolts slip back-to-back touchdowns in just before intermission, gaining a 24-14 lead.
“We get the momentum back, that’s the biggest thing,” Weddle said of his decision. “For a minute there we were up six and we were getting ready to punt. Momentum is big in the NFL.”
Weddle also made his seventh interception of the season Sunday on a pass that ricocheted off Na’il Diggs’ helmet, tying him with New England’s Kyle Arrington and Green Bay’s Charles Woodson for the NFL lead. Weddle is within three picks of the Chargers’ team record with three games to play.
POWER GAME THRIVES:
The two latter numbers represent games in which the Chargers led by multiple scores as early as the second quarter and were able to dictate the flow of the game.
“(Having a big lead) makes a big difference,”
Mathews now is within 57 rushing yards of 1,000 in his second season. He’s also caught 45 passes for more than 400 receiving yards and has at least one carry of more than 30 yards in three consecutive games.
“With Ryan running the way he is, it opens up the passing game for Philip (Rivers), Vincent (Jackson), Malcom (Floyd) and Antonio (Gates),” Tolbert said. “The offense is clicking pretty good right now.”
Tolbert bulled his way to a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter, his eighth score of the season. He’s now tied for the team lead with
“I thank God for that, man. I think that the real reason why I’ve gained a lot of success is that I’ve never looked back at what I’ve accomplished. I’m always trying to worry about, ‘What can I do better?’” Spikes said.
“For me to take a little time out and reflect on this 200th game – I think somebody told me there’s only eight other linebackers to be able to do that in the history of the game. It’s a true testament to what I do throughout the offseason.”
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