Tomlinson's history vs. Patriots

June, 17, 2012
6/17/12
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Former Chargers and Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson will sign a one-day contract with San Diego and announce his retirement on Monday, the team announced.

Tomlinson's career intersected with Patriots history on a number of occasions, most notably during his two seasons as the NFL's rushing leader, 2006-07.

The NFL MVP in 2006, Tomlinson led the 14-2 Chargers into a highly-anticipated divisional playoff game against the underdog Patriots. Tomlinson had a combined 187 yards and two touchdowns in the contest, but the Chargers lost, 24-21.

After the game, Tomlinson publicly criticized Patriots players who celebrated on the field after the game, saying, "They showed no class and maybe that comes from their head coach."

Months later, shortly after the Patriots were accused of videotaping opposing coaches' signals in September 2007, Tomlinson made headlines by commenting about the Patriots.

"I think the Patriots actually live by the saying 'If you're not cheating, you're not trying,'" Tomlinson said at the time. "They live off that statement."

The Chargers and Patriots met again in the 2007 AFC Championship Game, with a knee injury limiting Tomlinson to just two carries for five yards in the contest. He was later criticized for sitting on the Chargers bench while wearing his helmet for the second half of the game.

In nine career regular-season games against the Patriots, Tomlinson averaged 79.6 yards rushing, with five rushing touchdowns.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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