Chargers' defense was a positive

In week's past, you could count on the defense to blow a close lead. But that isn't the way it happened this time. The defense, for the most part, played well.

When a team passes 54 times against San Diego, it would be easy to envision a 400-yard passing game. But the Bolts held Donovan McNabb to under 300 yards, despite the Philly quarterback completing 35.

It also held the Eagles to ten points.

"I thought defensively we played extremely well," said head coach Marty Schottenheimer. "I was really proud of the fact that we stepped up and made some plays."

During the game they lost cornerback Sammy Davis and Jamar Fletcher stepped in and performed admirably. He picked off a pass, had a sack and helped eliminate the big play.

His interception was the first by a cornerback on the Chargers roster – coming in game seven.

"I think we put a lot of pressure on him and we pressured the wide receivers on the line of scrimmage and I think it made a difference," said fellow cornerback Quentin Jammer.

Even though five of the nine penalties the Chargers committed were on the defensive side of the ball, and three came on one touchdown scoring drive, the defense kept the play in front of them. Only one pass play went for more than 20 yards and ten of the 34 completions went to running back Brian Westbrook out of the backfield.

Ten points against should have been enough for a victory. And it was. But throw in a Drew Brees interception that gave Philadelphia the ball at the San Diego 23 – a drive the defense prevented the Eagles from gaining any yardage – netted three points and a blocked field goal provided the Eagles with the victory.

"Well you could say that we held them to 10 points, but in the end we lost," defensive end Luis Castillo said. "We are a team and we didn't do enough as a team and we didn't make enough plays."

The defense produced three sacks and forced two interceptions and held the Eagles to a 4-for-14 conversion rate on third down.

But they could not overcome deficiencies in other areas of the game.

"It was disappointing," said linebacker Randall Godfrey. "I never experienced a loss like that one. We had this game. We totally dominated the 2nd half, in my eyes, but they made a play and that's part of football."

"We came into a hostile environment and we played them well to the end," Clinton Hart said. "Unfortunately they came out on top."

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