Week 14 - Chargers 35 Bills 28 (cpu)

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    Winning ugly yet one more time, the Chargers took care of business this week and got a must-have win against the Bills in front of a home crowd in San Diego.

    The Bills won the toss and elected to receive. Taking the ball on the Charger"s 20 yard line, the Bills systematically drove down the scored a TD when Ryan Fitzpatrack found Stevie Johnson in teh back of the end zone on third and goal from the 1 yard line. The 14 play drive ate up the first 5:30 of the first quarter. On their first drive, the Chargers answered in similar fashion with Ryan Mathews capping an impressive drive with a 1 yard TD plunge on a long sustained drive which melted an additional 5 minutes off the game clock.

    The Chargers D buckled down on the ensuing drive eventually forcing a Bill's punt. The Chargers [picked up where they left off with Rivers combining the run and pass to move the ball within the Bills 35 yard line with under a minute to go in the half. However, Rivers made one of the Jekyl-Hyde decisions that have haunted him this season when he threw an ill advised ball down the seam to a clearly covered Antonio Gates. The ball was intercepted and returned for a 79 yard TD by the Bill's G. Wilson. At half, the Bills enjoyed a 14-7 lead.

    The Chargers received the opening kick of the second half and came out like a motivated offense playing for its playoff life. The Chargers dominated the line of scrimmage and brought the ball down the field for a TD score which was culminated by a Rivers 6 yard pass to Laurent Robinson in the flats. The drive ate 3:22 off the clock and drew the score even at 14-14. However, the Bills would go right back ahead two plays later when Fitzpatrick found Stevie Johnson running down the sideline uncovered for an 88 yard strike. Philip Rivers threw yet another interception on the Charger's next possession putting even more pressure on a Charger's defense that was clearly struggling. The Chargers D managed to force a punt, and on a second and short, Rivers found Jacob Hester alone down field in the outside third against Cover 2. Hester made the first man miss and was able to out run the pursuit with a game tying 69 yard reception. At the start of the fourth, the Bills had the ball in a game tied at 21.

    The Chargers forced a punt, and return man Todman got some blocks and brought the ball back 16 yards to nearly midfield. The Chargers were able to quickly matriculate the ball to the Bill's side of the field, and then took their first lead when Rivers found Antonio Gates running down the seam facing only single man coverage. The resulting 29 yard TD catch by Gates put the Chargers up 28-21, and the Chargers never trailed again.

    The Chargers defense once again came through holding the Bills just two yards shy of a first down on a big third down which left the Bills facing a decision to punt from the Chargers 38, go for the 1st, or go for the long field goal. The Bills played it safe with a punt, and the Chargers responded with another TD drive which effectively sealed the game. Laurent Robinson caught his second TD pass of the night when Rivers expertly read the blitz and found him in single coverage on the post from 22 yards out.

    The Bills were able to add a late TD after Stevie Johnson made a circus catch, which ricocheted off of three Charger Defenders, at the Chargers 11 yard. On the next play, Johnson snagged his third TD catch of the game. With the score 35-28, the Bills tried for a desperation onside kick which was fielded cleanly and downed by Jacob Hester. The Chargers promptly got into the "V"ictory formation and killed remaining 42 seconds on the clock.

    In his post-game interview, the Chargers coach stated: "Like everyone of our games from here on out, this was a must-win for us. Each of the next three games is a defacto playoff game for us, and they will be treated as such. We are approaching the rest of the season as if we will have to win them all to get to the playoffs."

    When asked about the effect of injuries on this season, the coach responded, "Look. You always have injuries. Sure, our best Tackle McNeil is out, TO is out, and Bob Sanders is out. But we are pros and the next guy has to step up and make a play. We went out and got Flozell Adams early in the year to address a lineman injury. Laurent Robinson and Rookie Vincent Brown have stepped up to fill the void left by TO's injury. Sanders has been hurt off and on all year, so Gregory is becoming a play-hardened veteran." However, the coach did admit that the team would soon be looking to the FA market for some needed depth as a result of the rash of injuries, especially now since it appears the Chargers are getting it together in time to make a serious bid for a playoff spot.

    GAME STATS

    Passing: Rivers 14-24 266 yards 4 TDs 3 INTs
    Fitzpatrick 13-20 247 yards 3 TDs 0 INTs

    Rushing: R. Mathews 20 carries 88 yards 1 TD Long run of 22 yards
    F. Jackson 13 carries 11 yards 0 TDs Long run of 11 Yards

    Receiving: Laurent Robinson 6 rec., 98 yards, 2 TDs
    Antonio Gates 5 rec., 86 yards, 1 TD
    Jacob Hester 1 rec., 69 yards, 1 TD
    Stevie Johnson 3 rec., 99 yards, 3 TDs
    David Nelson 2 rec., 66 yards, 0 TDs


     

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