New York Giants: antonio gates

SAN DIEGO -- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning said he didn't realize running back Andre Brown had fumbled on his second-down carry with 2:35 left in the first half, so he didn't race to the line to try to get a play off before the Chargers could challenge that Brown had. Having better information sooner, the Chargers called timeout, challenged the play and won, so they got the ball at the Giants' 39-yard line. San Diego led 17-0 at that point, but the Giants were moving the ball and believed they could get in position to cut down the lead before halftime. Instead, the Chargers covered those 39 yards in five plays to take a 24-0 lead into the halftime locker room.

Running back Danny Woodhead ran for 4 yards on the first play, then Philip Rivers hit tight end Antonio Gates for a 23-yard gain that moved the ball to the Giants' 2-yard line. A false start moved them back to the 7, and Ryan Mathews picked up 1 yard on first down. San Diego called a timeout with 24 seconds to go in the half.

On the next play, Woodhead ran a route. Defensive end Justin Tuck, in coverage, bumped him as he came across the line, then broke inside, presumably to cover the run. The problem was, cornerback Trumaine McBride also broke inside, and Woodhead was able to run, uncovered, into the end zone, where Rivers found him for a 6-yard touchdown pass. That made the score 24-0 in favor of the Chargers -- a nearly insurmountable lead, as the Giants have only exceeded 24 points in two of their 13 games this season.

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