Chargers ride Tomlinson to victory

Two quick LaDainian Tomlinson touchdowns set the tone and he would continue to run all over the St. Louis Rams in a 38-24 San Diego Chargers win.

Antonio Gates came out of the backfield to catch a 27-yard pass from Philip Rivers to set the Bolts up with first and goal at the two on their opening possession. LaDainian Tomlinson went over the left guard to bang it in, capping a 12-play, 80-yard drive that ate eight minutes off the clock.

Tomlinson's 90th career touchdown came soon thereafter – less than four minutes. He burst through the hole and took it 38-yards to the house to give San Diego a 14-0 first quarter lead. He tied Emmitt Smith, becoming the second fastest player in NFL history to reach 90 touchdowns, taking just 86 games to accomplish the feat.

The Rams countered with seven points of their own, marching 74 yards in 11 plays. Marc Bulger was 5-for-5 on the drive for 56 yards and Stephen Jackson pushed it across the goal line from three yards out.

The Chargers defense came up with the next score. Jacques Cesaire forced a Stephen Davis fumble, which Marlon McCree pounced on. Realizing he wasn't touched, McCree got up and ran it back 79 yards for the score and a 21-7 San Diego lead.

Two passes, one of 20 yards to Torry Holt and a 44-yard strike to Isaac Bruce setup a Jeff Wilkins 34-yard field goal.

A 51-yard Tomlinson run setup a 31-yard chip shot for Nate Kaeding to make the score 24-10.

Michael Turner mopped up where Tomlinson left off. After Tomlinson accounted for 47 yards on the drive and Turner went off left tackle to get the last 14, pushing the Chargers lead to 31-10.

Bulger went 8-of-9 for 66 yards on the ensuing possession, tossing a seven-yard touchdown pass to Shaun McDonald. Down by 14, the Rams tried an onside kick but Tomlinson recovered it.

The star running back would continue his mastery of the Rams. After a 14 yard run around the left side, he caught a 25-yard pass from Rivers for his third touchdown of the game. He accounted for all 42 yards on the drive.

Kevin Curtis would score a meaningless touchdown with a minute and a half to go in the game to provide the final margin of victory.


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