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Winning the opening coin toss, the Chargers elected to defer until the second half and forced an immediate three-and-out. With the ball at the Titans 49-yard line, Philip
Although the Titans had first and goal to start the second quarter, the Chargers defense stood tall and limited the damage to a field goal and a 7-3 lead. After a three-and-out by the offense, the Bolts defense forced Tennessee to punt as well. On the play, Brett Kern dropped the ball and
San Diego began the second half with the ball but was forced to punt at midfield. With their first possession of the third quarter, the Titans drove down to the 25-yard line, but Rob Bironas missed a 43-yard field goal. Taking over at his own 33-yard line,
The Titans were in San Diego territory as the fourth quarter began. A big stop in the backfield by
The Chargers were up by four, but the Titans had the ball with under 30 seconds to play. Jake Locker dropped back around the Bolts 35-yards line and saw one-on-one coverage between Justin Hunter and
It was Over When…
In desperation mode, the Chargers began lateralling the ball backwards as the clock struck zero. The ball exchanged hands 10 times before ending up in the arms of Titan’s cornerback Verner, securing the victory for Tennessee.
Play of the Game
Stat of the Game
After finishing with a third-down conversion rate over 50% in the first two games, the Chargers only converted 3-of-9 (33%).
“In a football game like this, too many mistakes at critical times during the game. This is a very good football team. We knew coming in here, the style of football they play, it’s a tough place to play, (they’re) a physical football team. Give them credit. But it comes down to the end of the game where we’ve got to make a play, and they made one more play than we did. So give them the credit where it’s deserved. We put them in a situation, and we didn’t finish the game. So we’ve got to improve there.” – Head Coach Mike McCoy
“We’ve been through it already against Houston, and so we rebounded. Obviously Dallas is as talented a team as they come, so there’s no feeling sorry for ourselves. We’ve got to correct it, look at the film and see what could have been done better. There were some things out there where when you get a team on the ropes you’ve got to take advantage of it. Convert third downs and get off the field on 3rd-and-10. So there’s stuff that we can improve on.” – Safety
“There were a lot of guys battling and fighting. It was a physical game; a tough game.” – Quarterback Philip Rivers
“Our mentality is always the next man up. If somebody goes down, somebody has to step in. So throughout the week we’re preparing everyone to step in and make a play. So there are no fingers to be pointed. Tennessee had a guy who made a play at the end.” – Cornerback
“It was time to step up. They called the plays and I should know them by now. I just got to go out there and make that play.” – Cornerback Crezdon Butler
“When we look at that film, it’s going to be only one or two plays that determine this whole game. The last play was one of them, and I’m pretty sure there were a couple more that determined it also.” – Defensive End
Odds and Ends
Tennessee outgained San Diego 452 yards to 277.
Philip Rivers finished the game 20-for-24 for 184 yards, one touchdown and a 112.5 passer rating.
The Chargers gained 102 yards on the ground, led by Ryan Mathews 58 on 16 carries.
Eric Weddle finished with a team-high nine tackles.
Reggie Walker and Larry English each recorded a sack on the afternoon.
With his touchdown catch, Antonio Gates moved passed Lance Alworth on the all-time points scored list for the Chargers.