Final/OT

Chargers 23

(7-4, 4-2 away)

Redskins 17

(5-6, 4-2 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 27, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 OT T
SD 0 7 0 10 623
WSH 3 7 7 0 017

Top Performers

Passing: D. Brees (SD) - 215 YDS, 3 INT

Rushing: L. Tomlinson (SD) - 25 CAR, 184 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: E. Parker (SD) - 7 REC, 98 YDS

LT's 41-yard TD run lifts Chargers over Redskins in OT

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- Instead of crowing about a victory over his former team, Marty Schottenheimer decided once and for all to proclaim LaDainian Tomlinson the greatest running back ever.

It was over when ...
LaDainian Tomlinson got going after halftime. LT ran for 147 of his 184 yards after the half, including the game-tying 32-yard score late in the fourth quarter and the winning 41-yard touchdown in OT.
Game ball goes to ...
Tomlinson, who helped the Chargers overcome not only a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit but also three Drew Brees interceptions.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen Just when you start to think about the other Chargers players, you realize it all comes down to LT. He's been clutch in crucial situations for this team and today was no different. He made the big play in the fourth quarter and in overtime for the Chargers and secured this victory. Don't ever overlook his dominance and his special abilities because he's a tiger when it comes to taking on defenders. He has all the tools and weapons and can shake a defender left or right or just bowl him over.
-- Eric Allen

Who could blame him? Tomlinson tied the game with a 32-yard run late in the fourth quarter and won it with a 41-yard scamper on the second play of overtime. He ran for 147 for his 184 yards after halftime Sunday in the San Diego Chargers' 23-17 victory over the Washington Redskins.

"I believe with a certainty, in my opinion, he is the finest running back I have ever seen in professional football," Schottenheimer said. "And I know people say, 'Well, what about Jim Brown? And what about Gale Sayers?' That's all well and good, but I tell you what, in the era that we're in now where you have defensive linemen that weigh 300 pounds and run 4.75, and these mammoth guys that are playing linebacker, I think with a certainty, in my opinion, he is the finest running back that I have ever seen."

The coach won't get much argument from his players. Tomlinson is reason No. 1 the Chargers (7-4) overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, as well as three interceptions by quarterback Drew Brees. San Diego won its fourth straight and remained two games behind Denver in the AFC West.

"We found something that was working," Brees said, "and we stuck with it."

Tomlinson became the seventh player to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first five seasons. He accepted Schottenheimer's praise with modesty, but he hinted at better things to come.

"I'm only in my fifth year, and we still have five games to go down the stretch, and the offensive line is just now getting healthy," Tomlinson said, "so I'm looking forward to what we have here in the future."

Schottenheimer also became the second ex-Redskins coach in two weeks to stick it to his former team. Norv Turner was emotional after getting revenge on owner Dan Snyder when the Oakland Raiders won 16-13 last week, but Schottenheimer said he had no particular "anxiousness or nostalgia" because he was in Washington for only a year.

"Whatever emotions he has, he made that second to winning the game for the Chargers," right guard Mike Goff said. "We knew what was at stake. It was good to win one for the coach."

The Redskins (5-6) were distraught, their playoff hopes all but erased after losing a late fourth-quarter lead for the third straight week. The critical play this time was an obvious tackle-from-behind holding penalty on center Casey Rabach that forced kicker John Hall to try a 52-yard field goal -- beyond his range when he was practicing before the game -- with 30 seconds left. The attempt was wide right and a little short, Hall's first miss of the season after a 9-for-9 start.

"I'm just trying to figure out where we go from here," said linebacker LaVar Arrington, speaking slowly with eyes glazed. "This one's got me confused. We're just letting them get away, the same way, over and over again."

Coach Joe Gibbs was equally somber.

"That's about three of the toughest losses I've been through," Gibbs said. "This is going to be a real test for us. We'll see what we're made of here."

The Redskins lost despite winning the turnover battle 3-0. They were tied for last in the league with a minus-13 differential entering the game, but Carlos Rogers, Shawn Springs and Walt Harris got the team's first interceptions by cornerbacks this season. Springs' pick put the ball at San Diego's 31 with 1:04 left, before Rabach's holding penalty.

The Chargers won the toss at the start of overtime. Tight end Antonio Gates, bottled up for most of the game as he played on a sprained foot, caught a 24-yard pass. Tomlinson scored on the next play, with Goff throwing a key block.

"It was a roller-coaster ride," Brees said, "to come on the road and play as inconsistently as we did but then just to find a way at the end. It wasn't pretty, but we've found ourselves on the other side of these quite a few times in the past."

Game notes


San Diego defensive end DeQuincy Scott left the game with a lower leg injury. ... Redskins defensive tackle Joe Salave'a aggravated a foot injury. Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin returned after missing three games with a hip injury. ... San Diego left tackle Roman Oben (foot) missed his third straight game. ... Kicker Nate Kaeding, 14-for-15 coming into the game, missed two of three field-goal attempts. ... Because of injuries, Santana Moss started the game as the only active Redskins wideout with more than five catches on the season. ... The Redskins have lost 10 straight to AFC teams.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SD
WSH
1st Downs2415
Passing 1st downs
1111
Rushing 1st downs
104
1st downs from penalties
30
3rd down efficiency
6-153-14
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays7662
Total Yards397282
Yards per play5.24.5
Total Drives1515
Passing195191
Comp-Att
22-4517-27
Yards per pass
4.16.6
Interceptions thrown
30
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-202-3
Rushing20291
Rushing Attempts
2833
Yards per rush
7.22.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-10-1
Penalties6-407-60
Turnovers30
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
30
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession30:4729:47

Passing Leaders

SDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brees22/442154.9033-20
Tomlinson0/100.0000-0
WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brunell17/271947.2102-3

Rushing Leaders

SDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tomlinson251847.4341
Parker11313.0013
WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Portis29873.008
Cartwright11313.0113

Receiving Leaders

SDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Parker79814.0022
McCardell5459.0013
WSHRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moss66510.8122
Jacobs44411.0017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSDWSH
wshFG5:27John Hall 30 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 23 yds, 2:26
03
SECOND QUARTERSDWSH
sdTD10:48LaDainian Tomlinson, 1 yd run (Nate Kaeding kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 57 yds, 3:30
73
wshTD7:29Santana Moss, 22 yd pass from Mark Brunell (John Hall kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 69 yds, 2:58
710
THIRD QUARTERSDWSH
wshTD3:19Rock Cartwright, 13 yd run (John Hall kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 79 yds, 4:53
717
FOURTH QUARTERSDWSH
sdFG14:14Nate Kaeding 39 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 52 yds, 11:07
1017
sdTD3:37LaDainian Tomlinson, 32 yd run (Nate Kaeding kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 67 yds, 0:59
1717
OVERTIMESDWSH
sdTD14:35LaDainian Tomlinson, 41 yd run
Drive info: 2 plays, 65 yds, 0:21
2317