Detroit 14 San Diego 51
|Detroit 14||San Diego 51|
|December 16, 2007||Qualcomm Stadium-Attendance: 66,505 (71,000)||Time: 3:03|
|SD||TD||10:04||LaDainian Tomlinson rush to the left for 6 yards for a touchdown.||0||6|
|SD||PAT||10:04||Nate Kaeding extra point attempt is good.||0||7|
|SD||FG||3:06||Nate Kaeding 22 yard field goal attempt is good.||0||10|
|SD||TD||1:13||LaDainian Tomlinson rush to the left for 2 yards for a touchdown.||0||16|
|SD||PAT||1:13||Nate Kaeding extra point attempt is good.||0||17|
|SD||FG||8:36||Nate Kaeding 22 yard field goal attempt is good.||0||20|
|SD||TD||8:23||Jon Kitna pass to the middle intercepted by Shaun Phillips and returned 18 yards for a touchdown.||0||26|
|SD||PAT||8:23||Nate Kaeding extra point attempt is good.||0||27|
|DET||TD||2:50||Jon Kitna pass completion to the middle to Brandon Middleton for 9 yards for a touchdown.||6||27|
|DET||PAT||2:50||Jason Hanson extra point attempt is good.||7||27|
|SD||TD||0:27||Philip Rivers pass completion to the left to Brandon Manumaleuna for 1 yard for a touchdown.||7||33|
|SD||PAT||0:27||Nate Kaeding extra point attempt is good.||7||34|
|SD||TD||8:35||Darren Sproles rush up the middle for 1 yard for a touchdown.||7||40|
|SD||PAT||8:35||Nate Kaeding extra point attempt is good.||7||41|
|SD||FG||5:52||Nate Kaeding 45 yard field goal attempt is good.||7||44|
|DET||TD||3:03||Jon Kitna pass completion to the middle to Shaun McDonald for 17 yards for a touchdown.||13||44|
|DET||PAT||3:03||Jason Hanson extra point attempt is good.||14||44|
|SD||TD||2:58||Darren Sproles rush up the middle for 11 yards for a touchdown.||14||50|
|SD||PAT||2:58||Nate Kaeding extra point attempt is good.||14||51|
|Team Stat Comparison|
|3rd down efficiency||4-9||11-18|
|4th down efficiency||0-1||0-1|
|Yards per pass||6.4||6.5|
|Yards per rush||2.9||5.2|
SAN DIEGO (AP) -LaDainian Tomlinson and the San Diego Chargers left no doubt.
The Chargers repeated as AFC West champions by beating the punchless Detroit Lions 51-14 on Sunday, their fourth straight win and eighth in 10 games.
Tomlinson had 116 yards and two scores on 15 carries to continue his climb up the career rushing and touchdown charts. The rout was so complete that L.T. got the second half off, which allowed Darren Sproles to run for 122 yards and two TDs. It was the first time in Chargers history that two backs rushed for more than 100 yards in the same game.
Quarterback Philip Rivers, playing on a sprained left knee sustained a week earlier, joined Tomlinson on the sideline after playing the first series in the third quarter.
Detroit's Jon Kitna tied his career-high with five interceptions. Three of them came in the span of six plays in the first half, leading to 17 points.
Cornerback Antonio Cromartie broke a 46-year-old Chargers record with his 10th interception of the season, tops in the NFL. Cromartie's 10 picks have come in the last nine games, and he's been a starter for the last six. Cromartie also recovered a fumble on a kickoff.
Detroit had six turnovers, setting up 27 points.
With their third division crown in four years secured, the Chargers (9-5) need simply to win out to secure the AFC's No. 3 playoff seed. It's been a nice turnaround for a team that stumbled to a 1-3 start in Norv Turner's first season as coach.
The next challenge, of course, is finding a way to win in January. The Chargers have dropped four straight postseason games dating to their embarrassing Super Bowl loss to San Francisco on Jan. 29, 1995. Since then, it's been one-and-done three times, including last year's pratfall against New England after they went an NFL-best 14-2 under Marty Schottenheimer.
It's a sure thing they won't be facing a team as awful as the Lions (6-8) come the first weekend of January. Detroit has lost six straight following its 6-2 start.
Tomlinson passed Eddie George and Tiki Barber and took over 19th place on the career rushing list with 10,487 yards. His two touchdowns give him 127, moving him past Jim Brown (126) for seventh place all time. He also joined Eric Dickerson as the only players in NFL history to rush for more than 1,200 yards in their first seven seasons.
Sproles had one carry for minus-1 yard in the first half. He carried 24 times in the second half, scoring on runs of 1 and 11 yards. His 56-yard touchdown reception from Billy Volek was called back after tackle Shane Olivea, who recently lost his starting job, was whistled for being an ineligible receiver downfield.
Tomlinson, the reigning NFL MVP, scored on a 6-yard run to cap San Diego's opening drive and on a 2-yard run after the first of Kitna's interceptions.
That first pickoff went to safety Clinton Hart after bouncing off the hands of wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
After Tomlinson capped the short scoring drive, Kitna completed three straight passes to his teammates before throwing one right to Chargers linebacker Matt Wilhelm. That set up Nate Kaeding's 22-yard field goal.
On the first play of Detroit's next series, outside linebacker Shaun Phillips deflected Kitna's pass, leaped to catch the ball and returned it 18 yards for a 27-0 lead with 8:23 still to play before halftime.
Rivers threw a 1-yard scoring pass to Brandon Manumaleuna to make it 34-7 at halftime.
Kitna threw touchdown passes of 9 yards to Brandon Middleton and 17 to Shaun McDonald.
Defense: --- F-. What more is there to say. Bad tackling, the worst secondary in the NFL! Shaun Rogers and Corey Redding have been non existant during the losing streak. And I actually said after the Denver game Rogers was going to the Pro Bowl - if anything he deserves to go to weight watchers and get his head examined for not being able to stay in shape.
Special Teams: --- C. Cason did not do much returning the ball and coverage is what it is. At least it was a better effort than the prior few games.
Coaching: --- F. Marinelli keeps saying the Lions need to work on the fundementals. No coach - they need to work on getting better talent on the field. Why you take a WR and QB in the first two rounds of the draft when you do not need either speaks volumes as to how inept a GM Millen is!
Overall: --- F-. The apathy has set in for me and I could care less if they win another game. I am so sick of the same old crap year in and year out. What changes? I may sound like a broken record but NOTHING is ever going to change until Millen is axed! I would love for Millen to look someone in the eye and state why he deserves a chance to keep ruining this team. Next week they might win a football game since Kansas City is one of the worst teams in the NFL. But, will that change anything? Definitely not! The Lions are more closer to being one of the worst teams in the NFL than they are a mediocre one. Two more games until another Lions losing season is over with.