AFC West High Energy Player of the Week

October, 5, 2010
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A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 4.

[+] EnlargeShaun Phillips
AP Photo/Denis PoroyChargers linebacker Shaun Phillips terrorized Arizona's QBs.
San Diego linebacker Shaun Phillips was all over the field Sunday in a 41-10 Chargers victory against visiting Arizona.

Phillips had four of San Diego's nine sacks. He also made his impact felt on the scoreboard with an incredible two-play sequence late in the second quarter.

On the first play, he brought down Arizona quarterback Derek Anderson for his second sack of the game. On the next play, Phillips dropped back into coverage and hurt the shell-shocked Anderson again. Phillips caught an errant pass and darted 31 yards for a touchdown to give the Chargers a commanding 28-7 lead. Anderson never saw the field again as he was replaced by rookie Max Hall.

Phillips made Hall pay too, with two more sacks.

Phillips stepped up big when his team needed him. The Chargers had only four healthy linebackers as fellow outside linebackers Shawne Merriman (calf) and Larry English (foot) were out of the game. But in the end, Phillips more than made up for the two linebackers’ absence.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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