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End of an Era

From 2004 to 2007, LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates dominated like no other tandem. The Chargers thrived between the hashes, forcing linebackers to come up to stop LT before throwing over them to hit Gates. But with the development of Philip Rivers and San Diego's receivers, LT and Gates are relegated to supporting roles.

Earlier this season, it was easy to write off the dwindling statistics of LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates as the byproduct of injuries. Tomlinson was hampered by a toe injury sustained in the Season Opener against the Carolina Panthers while Gates suffered from lingering toe and hip injuries. However, as LT and Gates have returned to health, it has become clear the shift in San Diego's... Recommended Stories