The Chargers struggled in all three phases of the game and fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-17.…
A Shot of Southern Un-Comfort
--LaDainian Tomlinson went into Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with 91 yards between him and 10,000 career rushing yards. Tomlinson finished with 62, which marked his fourth consecutive game that he has been unable to reach 100 yards. On Sunday, he fell 29 yards short of becoming the fourth-fastest player to reach 10,000.
--The Jaguars celebrated a similar milestone last week in Tennessee. Fred Taylor reached the same number, but at a slower pace. Taylor became the 21st player in the NFL history to reach 10,000 career rushing yards.
--Despite the un-reached achievement, Tomlinson was a top contributor in Sunday's game. L.T. caught five passes for 93 yards, which tied WR Chris Chambers' game total. More than half of Chambers' yards came from a reception down field that was initially ruled incomplete. Norv Turner's challenge paid off. Just like the addition of Chambers, the ruling was a huge pick up for San Diego.
--With a pivotal block by Shane Olivea, Tomlinson reached the end zone. His single rushing touchdown kept him at bay of Walter Payton's 110. With one more, Tomlinson will achieve in seven years what Payton did in 12.
--On the defensive side, it was Shaun Phillips who came ready to pound. Phillips led his team with 10 tackles, but failed to sack. Phillips and Shawne Merriman continued the zero-sack routine of the past four games. Merriman and Phillips are each tied with 5.5 for the season.
--Antonio Gates finished with 54 receiving yards and a touchdown. Gates has seen better games and has not broken the 100-yard mark since week five.
--Darren Sproles was not able to continue last Sunday's history-making performance. On special teams, Sproles was not the explosive player seen last Sunday at Qualcomm. The Chargers attempted to mix it up with Sproles and Michael Turner on offense. Sproles gained zero yards on two receptions. Turner was in for show, with no receptions to his name.
--The Indianapolis Colts did not let the least competitive division in the league get the best of them two weeks in a row. The reigning Super Bowl champs narrowly won against the Kansas City Chiefs, 13-10. The Chiefs loss keeps the Chargers atop the AFC West.
--The Chargers remaining games are split evenly between home and away. The Chargers have only one win on the road recorded this season, a 41-3 triumph over the Denver Broncos in week four.
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