Chargers tame Cowboys 32-21

Doug Flutie's 353-yard passing performance leads the San Diego Chargers to an impressive 32-21 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

It's been a few years since the Chargers opened a season with two consecutive wins. It's been even longer that they were tied for the lead in the AFC West, but then again these aren't last years Chargers.

Sunday's 32-21 win over the Dallas Cowboys proved that.

With Doug Flutie connecting on 23 of 38 passes for 353 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions, and rookie running back LaDanian Tomlinson rushing for 90-yards in 27 carries, San Diego dominated America's team.

"We never thought for one minute that this game was going to be easy," said Chargers Head Coach Mike Riley. "Fortunately, we got off to a lead because they came storming back. Today was a good example of what you need to do if you want to win ball games. We took pretty good care of the ball and made plays when we needed to."

Coming off a season in which they won only one game, big plays are certainly something they need to do.

The Chargers racked up 480 yards of total offense, including 350 through the air and 130 on the ground. On the defensive side of the ball the Chargers forced five Dallas turnovers with three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

The first three Chargers offensive possessions started in Dallas territory, thanks to two turnovers and a strong defensive stand. Flutie took full advantage, scoring on all three drives with two touchdown passes and a Wade Richey field goal.

"Doug played really well and was confident in what he was doing today," Riley told reporters.

"There were some times that our offensive line gave him some nice time to throw down the field and look it over a little bit. He made some athletic plays, had some good runs and spread the ball around."

Flutie's 353-yard performance marked the fifth time in his career he has passed for more than 300-yards, and it was 13-yards shy of his career-high of 366-yards. It was also the first time that the Cowboys allowed someone to pass for 300 yards since January 2, 2000 when the Giants' Kerry Collins passed for 314 yards.

"We were very efficient on offense," said Flutie. "I thought we moved the ball extremely well. There were still some opportunities to make some more plays. We made some big plays, and I was happy with the way things went overall."

"We've got a lot of guys who can make plays. Tim, Jeff, Curtis, Freddie, LT, everybody. We have a lot of different weapons and I think everybody touched the ball today and had some opportunities to make plays."



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