Chargers execute Manning, Giants

The Chargers were able to execute to near perfection on Sunday night and that transcendence from head coach Marty Schottenheimer enabled the team to score more points that they had in 12 years.

Drew Brees went 4-for-4 for 41 yards on the opening drive and opened the game by completing eight straight passes. He was 19-for-22 for 191 yards and two touchdowns. He was not sacked and had a quarterback rating of 133.1.

"Winning is the product of execution," head coach Marty Schottenheimer said.

"That is the kind of win we would like every week where everyone contributes," said Brees.

The Chargers scored over 30 points seven times last year and nine if you include the preseason. This was the second time they scored more than 30 in 2005 and first during the regular season. The 45 points was, however, the most points scored since 1993.

"That is the San Diego Chargers offense I know," Antonio Gates said.

Donnie Edwards notched the first sack on Eli Manning on Sunday night, forcing a punt from the Giants. Edwards was vocal of his distaste for Manning bucking the system.

"It is a slap in the face to the NFL when someone that is in college tries to put himself above the NFL. To rise up and try and be better than that is a discredit to the game."

The linebacker did put the win above all else, using that as his motivation. Edwards forced a fumble in the fourth quarter, giving the Bolts a turnover in 15 straight games.

Shawne Merriman roughed up Tiki Barber six yards behind the line in the second quarter, coming in unblocked and making the open field tackle.

Luis Castillo was called for roughing the passer in the third quarter, which wiped out a Drayton Florence interception that the cornerback returned for a touchdown.

"I am glad we won and it did not cost us this time," he said.

Marques Harris notched the first sack of his career in the fourth quarter. In fact, it was his first tackle of the year. If defenders were given efficiency rating's his would be perfect.

Darren Sproles second carry of the year went 21 yards in the third quarter, giving him two carries and 33 yards rushing on the year. He also added a 58-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter.

The Chargers attempted an onside-kick after scoring their second touchdown in the second quarter. Terrence Kiel had a chance to pounce on the ball but could not corral it. It turned out to be for naught when he stepped out of bounds and was called for illegal touching. The Giants elected to re-kick and lost 15 yards of field position when they ended up starting at their own 18.

At one point in the game, the Giants had converted five of six third downs with ten or more yards to go.

The fans booed Eli Manning at every turn, holding up witty signs. But police reported no arrests were made.

"You could feel the energy in the building when we took the field," Schottenheimer said. "I know a lot of that had to do with Eli, but our fans really brought a tangible asset tonight."

"I got about what I expected," Manning said. "Hopefully, we can put all this - the Chargers and every thing that happened - in the past."


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