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Subject: NE vs. Chargers 2006 rss

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Will Green
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PST San Diego, CA. (AP) --


Tom Brady vs Phillip Rivers. You can hear the fans now: "This game
will light up the sky!" A no-brainer right? Well, you know what they
say, that's why they play the game.

On a day that saw both starting QB's struggle, throwing for a COMBINED
116 yards through the air, it was the running games that took center
stage. New England running back Kevin Faulk had his best game of the
season grinding out 158 yards including a key 44 yard run to set up
New England's first TD. San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson also had his
best game of the season running for 148 yards but couldn't lift his
team to victory as the Patriots prevailed 17-9.

San Diego came into the game looking to get it's high powered offense
in gear. After a New England punt to start the game, Rivers and
company mounted an impressive drive to the Patriots 23 yard line. It
was there on 4th and 1 that San Diego coach Marty Weisenheimer elected
to go for a first down, passing on a field goal attempt. It proved to
be an unlucky roll of the dice for Marty as the Chargers stopped
themselves and didn't convert. San Diego's next possession ended with
Rivers throwing an interception, a field position mistake that the
Patriots quickly converted into three points.

The second quarter produced more struggles for the Chargers while New
England had it's best quarter of the game. The Chargers couldn't
penetrate the Pats stiff defense and couldn't capitalize on some tough
running by LT, missing a short field goal. New England on the other
hand found the end zone twice in the second. RB Faulk scored on a 7
yard screen pass from Brady and with under a minute left in the half
Faulk ripped off a 16 yard TD run to give the Pats a 17-3 lead at the
half.

The second half saw both offenses struggle to find any rhythm. The
Patriots had their worst offensive half of the season as San Diego's
D. rose to the occasion and held the Pats offense to a total of 37
yards. However San Diego's offense failed to capitalize punting and
missing a field goal on it's first two drives of the second half. The
Chargers best chance to get back in the game came late in the 3rd
quarter when they intercepted a Tom (the tuck) Brady pass at the New
England 32 yard line. The Chargers drove to the New England 2 yard
line and looked poised to break the goal line. However on 3rd and goal
New England linebacker Mike Vrabel broke through the line and stuffed
LT for a 5 yard loss forcing the Chargers to settle for a 7 yard field
goal.

The 4th quarter saw the San Diego defense hold the Pats to three punts
while it's offense tried once more to drive for a touchdown. Alas it
was not to be. The Pats D. stopped the Chargers in the red zone and
San Diego was forced to settle for a second field goal.

Knowing that no lead is safe against San Diego, the Pats were able to
run the clock down to under a minute left before punting back to San
Diego. However a short punt gave San Diego a glimmer of hope to try
and score, go for two to force overtime. The hope was short lived
however as Rivers was sacked for a loss and two of his final three
desperation passes fell incomplete.

Final score: New England 17 San Diego 9


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KILLER report. Too bad we lost.cry
 
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