RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- The Chargers couldn't run the ball with LaDainian Tomlinson averaging but 2.6 yards on 15 carries. He had a score, but just 39 yards as he was consistently met in the backfield. The line was missing RG Kris Dielman (ejected) and C Nick Hardwick (concussion) and it showed; Jeromey Clary was also being pushed around.
LB Stephen Cooper
RUSH DEFENSE: A -- DT Jamal Williams was a big-time force - in particular he smacked Thigpen on a run; Cooper had 11 tackles. The Chargers were hurt here mostly by Thigpen running for first downs from the shotgun or pistol formations. Larry Johnson averaged only 3.2 yards on 17 carries. The tackling here, though, was spotty.
SPECIAL TEAMS: A -- Great effort on the onside kick which gave the Chargers a chance. Mike Scifres supplied the kick, with Kassim Osgood wrestling away control of the ball. K Nate Kaeding had a 32-yard field goal in the wind. Coverage units were fine. Darren Sproles had a 40-yard kickoff return.
COACHING: B -- Coach Norv Turner's bunch came out flat - he says otherwise - in the first half. But the Chargers were manhandled on both sides of the ball and almost seemed disinterested in falling behind 21-3 at the half. But they came back with a renewed effort - coordinator Ron Rivera tweaked some personnel groups - and the result was one of the most unlikely Chargers victories in recent memory. Whether or not Turner was the reason the Chargers started playing with a purpose, can be debated. But he's been criticized enough so that when it does happen, he deserves his share of the credit.