Chargers special teams not so special

The San Diego Chargers left six points on the table and gave away two more in their loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Ironically, it came on a day when Mike Scifres and Nate Kaeding set records.

Nate Kaeding had connected on 14 straight field goals dating back to a game at Washington last year before missing from 40 yards out in the third quarter. His 54-yard field goal in the second quarter set a new career-high, besting a 53-yarder he collected on October 17, 2004. He is 4-for-6 in his career on field goals longer than 50 yards.

"I am the kind of guy – I expect myself to be perfect," Kaeding said.

"I don't know what happened," head coach Marty Schottenheimer began. "But we had an opportunity to go up nine points and misfired." The substance is we are a good football team and came in to play another good football team and came up three points short."

Mike Scifres boomed a 75-yard punt in the fourth quarter – with all the yards coming in the air. It was the longest punt of his career, topping the 71-yarder he crushed on December 4, 2005 against Oakland.

Scifres would not be able to handle a snap on a 52-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter. He would take a safety in the fourth quarter after hurting himself on a punt attempt.

Scifres has punted 12 times this season and only four have been returned for a total of one yard. Of his 12 punts this season, six have landed inside the 20-yard line and just one has gone for a touchback.

David Binn skipped a snap to Scifres but the punter was not only able to get it away, he also crushed it 55 yards. Through 153 punts, he has not had one blocked. An ineligible man downfield meant a re-punt. The team took an intentional safety on the next play, keeping their team up by four points.

Malcom Floyd was on the receiving end of the second touchdown of his career on the Chargers' opening drive. His last touchdown came on January 2, 2005 against the Kansas City Chiefs from the hands of Doug Flutie, a 29-yard catch. It was the second catch of the year for Floyd.

Quentin Jammer didn't miss this one. When McNair launched a pass deep right, Jammer was the only player near the ball and snagged it for his second interception of the season. With the pick, Jammer matched the total he amassed over his previous two seasons combined. The cornerback picked off four passes in 2003. His 18 return yards this year set a new career high for a season. His previous high had been 14 yards in 2005.

LaDainian Tomlinson fell two yards shy of gaining 100 yards, netting 98 yards on 27 carries. First carry for Michael Turner – 19 yards. He ended the day with 46 on seven carries, a 6.6 average.

"It seems like I've been in too many of these kinds of games," a frustrated Tomlinson said. "They get old real fast. They won it, you have to give them credit. They were more aggressive. They won the game and we lost it."

Stephen Cooper smashed Daniel Wilcox at the one-yard line as Baltimore was poised to score, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Donnie Edwards. It was the first forced fumble of Cooper's career and his only tackle of the game.

"He didn't see me coming and I put a good lick on him," Cooper said of the hit. "We didn't get the win today but fortunately we have a lot left in the season."

Lorenzo Neal fumbled the ball on the Chargers four-yard line but Antonio Gates picked it up at the five. It came right after Cooper's forced fumble.

Donnie Edwards snared his 25th career interception in the fourth quarter. He would fumble the return but Shaun Phillips would fall on it. Edwards, voted the top coverage linebacker by NFL general managers, had two picks last season for the Bolts.

"I was ready for him, cause I like playing against McNair," Edwards said. "He likes to look a lot of players off, especially linebackers. He'll look one way and throw the other way. I was just reading his eyes and made a quick little break."

Phillips also had a sack and a forced fumble. He has 2.5 sacks on the year. Phillips forced two fumbles last season. He led the team in tackles with seven. Shawne Merriman collected a sack, giving him four on the season.

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