4:15 PM ET, December 16, 2007
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- On the last day of September, the San Diego Chargers lost for the third time in four games and their fans were chanting the name of the coach who was fired in February.Norv Turner was Public Enemy No. 1. LaDainian Tomlinson was a frustrated non-factor.Fast forward 11 weeks, and the Chargers are AFC West champions with two games to play.
The Chargers clinched their second consecutive AFC West title after their 51-14 blowout win over the Lions, becoming just the seventh team since the NFL merger in 1970 to do so.
After two first-half touchdowns vs. the Lions, LaDainian Tomlinson moved into seventh place on the all-time touchdown list with 127 career scores.
The 51 points were the most the Chargers scored since beating Pittsburgh 54-44 on Dec. 8, 1985. ... The Lions injury report: G Edwin Mulitalo (concussion), DT Langston Moore (quad), CB Travis Fisher (hamstring, LB Paris Lenon (right eye).
The Chargers were hitting on all cylinders, led by reigning MVP LaDainian Tomlinson. The offensive line held its blocks and sparked a dominating ground attack that marked up 274 yards. Having the running game clicking made life much easier for QB Philip Rivers. He was efficient and managed the game well. The offense wasn’t the only bright spot in San Diego. The Chargers’ 3-4 defensive scheme stymied the Lions' running game with interior stunts and zone run blitzes, and a combination of zone and man coverages forced Detroit QB Jon Kitna into five interceptions. It was almost too easy for the Chargers as they jumped out to a big lead early, forcing the Lions to all but abandon the run and use the pass to play catch-up. San Diego then could just come after Kitna, and the Chargers did just that.
-- Ken Moll, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.9||5.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-2||5-8|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||1|
|TD||10:08||LaDainian Tomlinson, 6 yd run (Nate Kaeding kick is good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 62 yds, 3:22
|FG||3:09||Nate Kaeding 22 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 11 plays, 77 yds, 5:46
|TD||1:17||LaDainian Tomlinson, 2 yd run (Nate Kaeding kick is good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 17 yds, 0:58
|FG||8:39||Nate Kaeding 22 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 11 plays, 47 yds, 6:18
|TD||8:31||Shaun Phillips, 18 yd interception return (Nate Kaeding kick is good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 18 yds, 0:00
|TD||2:55||Brandon Middleton, 9 yd pass from Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson kick is good)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 66 yds, 5:33
|TD||0:32||Brandon Manumaleuna, 1 yd pass from Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding kick is good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 79 yds, 2:23
|TD||8:38||Darren Sproles, 1 yd run (Nate Kaeding kick is good)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 85 yds, 6:25
|FG||5:57||Nate Kaeding 45 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 4 plays, -3 yds, 2:35
|TD||3:08||Shaun McDonald, 17 yd pass from Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson kick is good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 69 yds, 2:49
|TD||3:04||Darren Sproles, 11 yd run (Nate Kaeding kick is good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 27 yds, 3:42