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Game Day Primer: Chargers vs. Panthers

RB LaDainian Tomlinson (Doug Pensinger/Getty)

The Chargers kick off the most anticipated season in franchise history on Sunday when the Carolina Panthers visit Qualcomm Stadium. San Diego looks to fire out of the gates and force the Panthers to play from behind, sans Steve Smith. Carolina plans to use a ball-control offense and disciplined defense to pull off the upset.

When the Chargers Run LaDainian Tomlinson looks to continue his trend of running for more than 100 yards in the season opener every even-numbered year. He did it against the Cincinnati Bengals in 2002 (114), the Houston Texans in 2004 (121) and the Oakland Raiders in 2006 (131). The Chargers won each of those games. Tomlinson will have a new face clearing holes for him, as rookie Mike Tolbert...

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