San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson – not that he has anything to prove to anyone – has re-established himself as a top rusher in the NFL this season, even if his stats do not reflect that at all. Tomlinson scored a 16-yard touchdown run with 7:29 left in overtime, as San Diego rallied from 14 points down late in the fourth quarter to nip the Tennessee Titans 23-17 at Nashville.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers began the rally by tossing a 7-yard TD pass to Tomlinson with 7:29 remaining in regulation, pulling San Diego to within 17-10. Tennessee QB Vince Young, on the Titans next possession – third-and-4 – missed tight end Bo Scaife and they had to punt. Rivers would then move the Chargers down the field 80 yards; Rivers then proceeded to throw a 20-yard TD pass to wide receiver Chris Chambers on a catch against the ground. The play was reviewed and upheld. Rivers converted 2 more third downs, the last one resulting in a TD pass to TE Antonio Gates, tying the game.
In overtime, the Titans forced the Chargers to punt. Tennessee would run twice, then young threw incomplete. On the Chargers’ next possession, Tomlinson would run on 4 of the next 6 plays, the last rush resulting in the winning score, a 16-yard run. The Titans’ loss seemed unjustified as their defense produced 5 sacks and 3 interceptions, but if the offense doesn’t produce….but I digress.
Rivers, despite his late heroics, had a mediocre day, going 21-of-40 for 228 yards with 2 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions. Tomlinson had a great outing, rushing 26 times for 146 yards and a TD; he also caught 5 balls for 27 yards and a TD, as well. Chambers led all San Diego receivers with 4 receptions for 90 yards; Gates caught 6 balls for 57 yards and a TD. Tennessee’s Young had a crap day, going 13-for-21 for only 121 yards with 2 INT’s. RB LenDale White had a good day, rushing 30 times for 113 yards and a TD; RB Chris Brown added a rushing score, as well. WR Roydell Williams led the Titans receivers with 30 yards on 3 receptions. San Diego (8-5) remains in first place in the AFC West as they return home to host the Detroit Lions Sunday, while Tennessee (7-6) travels to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs.