Sunday, December 6, 2009
Wrap-Up: Chargers 30, Browns 23
By Bill Williamson
This is why the San Diego Chargers are so dangerous – they do what it takes to win.
Playing without three injured defensive starters, the Chargers just wanted to get through Sunday’s cross-country trek to chilly Cleveland. In what was being sold as a potential trap game in San Diego, the Chargers weren’t perfect against the Browns. But they did what was needed to dispatch the Browns and extend their win streak to seven games.
San Diego is now 9-3 and leads Denver by one game in the AFC West. The Chargers are on pace to earn the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs. San Diego does enter a rugged stretch, though. The Chargers play at Dallas next week and then hosts Cincinnati before traveling to Tennessee.
So, the Chargers just wanted to get out of Cleveland with a win. They did their job.
San Diego’s offense was its explosive self. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 373 yards. Tight end Antonio Gates continued his hot streak with 167 yards receiving.
While he didn’t have a huge game, San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson made history. He had 64 yards on 20 rushes and surpassed Jim Brown for eighth place on the NFL’s all-time rushing list. Brown, who work for Cleveland, was in attendance to watch Tomlinson move ahead of him.
It was a special day for the Chargers on a day they just wanted to survive and move toward the playoffs.