Chargers Report Card Week 13

The Chargers beat the Broncos 30-27 in overtime, marking their third overtime victory of the season. Give the "A+" to LaDainian Tomlinson obviously but how about the rest.

QUARTERBACKS- Drew Brees again proves he can manage a game. The game plan went through Tomlinson but he played the perfect Marty-ball with no interceptions and 27-41 passing for 217 yards. He completed some key passes to different receivers in crucial situations including 10 first downs via the pass. Grade: B+

RUNNING BACKS- Do we really have to even cover this? LaDainian Tomlinson set a record with 220 yards rushing breaking the mark he tied earlier in the season and originally set by Gary Anderson. He also added 11 catches and totaled 271 yards on the day. Fred McCrary added solid blocking and four catches. Grade: A+

RECEIVERS- Rookies Eric Parker and Reche Caldwell get 3 catches apiece in replacing Curtis Conway, who missed the game with a shoulder injury, and Tim Dwight (bruised ribs, one catch). Stephen Alexander caught three passes and Josh Norman had two. Overall, the receivers did a solid job in replacing the injured Conway and ailing Dwight. Grade: B+

OFFENSIVE LINE- Dallas import Kelvin Garmon had an outstanding job replacing Bob Hallen. He showed he could pull and lead the "Tomlinson toss". Damion McIntosh returned and did a solid job and the line allowed just one sack and paved the way for the Tomlinson show. Grade: A

DEFENSIVE LINE- Clinton Portis ran through the line like Swiss cheese but the line was able to pressure Steve Beuerlein on many occasions and Beuerlein had to make some great plays with hands on his jerseys. Three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovered highlight the day. Grade: B

LINEBACKERS- Supplied some pressure in the backfield but could not contain Portis. Donnie Edwards nets his 5th interception of the year on a nifty steal off a pass intended for Patrick Hape. Grade: C

SECONDARY- Alex Molden had his best game of the year in shutting down Rod Smith two weeks after looking like an old man in coverage against San Francisco. Quentin Jammer did a solid job in the starting role. They were unable to provide support in stopping Portis. Grade: C-

SPECIAL TEAMS- Wade Richey is cut a day after imploding. Steve Christie kicks the game winner in overtime but misses three, one of which is blocked and the others go wide. Grade: D

COACHING- Marty Schottenheimer puts the game in the hands of his star player and it works. He also was less conservative than usual going for the field goals despite a possible lack of faith in the kicking game and also goes for it on a fourth and inches. Grade: A-

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