1:00 PM ET, December 9, 2007
LP Field, Nashville, TN
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- LaDainian Tomlinson wanted to eliminate all the risks of trying a field goal in overtime.So he took the ball, cut to his left and outran everyone on a 16-yard touchdown run with 7:29 left in overtime, finishing off the Chargers' rally from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Tennessee Titans 23-17 on Sunday.
LaDainian Tomlinson's two touchdowns against the Titans on Sunday gave him 125 for his career, tying Walter Payton for eighth on the NFL's all-time list.
Cromartie's interception tied a Chargers record. Charlie McNiel also had nine interceptions in 1961. ... Tomlinson got his 42nd 100-yard rushing performance of his career. ... Rivers now has 20 combined turnovers by himself. ... San Diego fullback Lorenzo Neal hopped off the field and was taken to the locker room for X-rays on his right leg. ... Titans left guard Jacob Bell will have tests for what team officials called a "burner," a neck injury resulting in tingling or burning. He returned in the second half in street clothes and was replaced by Eugene Amano. ... The Titans now are 22-7 against teams making their first trip to LP Field. ... Titans kicker Rob Bironas, who came in 18-of-19 inside the 40, missed a 29-yard attempt wide left.
It wasn't always pretty; it was a nasty, physical game littered with punts, injuries, turnovers, sacks and a huge dose of hitting. The defensive fronts controlled the game. Each team's defensive superstar -- Tennessee's Albert Haynesworth and San Diego's Shawne Merriman (before he suffered an injury) -- was simply exceptional and nearly unblockable, while the other 10 defenders greatly benefited. Merriman had two sacks, and Titans DE Kyle Vanden Bosch dominated Chargers LT Marcus McNeill for three of Tennessee's five sacks. It wasn't a good game to be a quarterback; both starters were briefly knocked out with injuries. San Diego deserves credit for coming back to win this overtime game.
-- Matt Williamson, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.4||3.8|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-4||2-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||5:23||Rob Bironas 44 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 4 plays, 3 yds, 1:59
|FG||11:47||Nate Kaeding 20 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 5 plays, 39 yds, 2:00
|TD||5:24||Chris Brown, 7 yd run (Rob Bironas kick is good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 19 yds, 2:00
|TD||14:24||LenDale White, 7 yd run (Rob Bironas kick is good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 42 yds, 4:06
|TD||7:35||LaDainian Tomlinson, 7 yd pass from Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding kick is good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 48 yds, 1:32
|TD||0:13||Antonio Gates, 2 yd pass from Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding kick is good)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yds, 2:15
|TD||7:35||LaDainian Tomlinson, 16 yd run|
Drive info: 6 plays, 48 yds, 3:15