Tuesday, November 23, 2010
AFC West Week 11 decisive moment
By Bill Williamson
It’s no surprise that the San Diego Chargers' special teams were involved in a decisive moment of a game in 2010. But it's a tad shocking that it was involved in a positive way for the Chargers.
But believe it or not, the San Diego special teams, which struggled for the first nine game of the season in many ways, came up large. Looking back, the turning point of San Diego’s eventual easy 35-14 win over Denver on Monday night was a fake punt that the Chargers executed perfectly.
It was the first quarter and Denver was leading 7-0. The Chargers’ high-powered offense was lagging after two series, and punter Mike Scifres was again sent out to punt. But on his second trip onto the field, Scifres wasn’t punting.
Scifres threw a perfect strike to a wide-open Mike Tolbert, who finished the 28-yard gain with nice open-field running. The fake punt gave San Diego the ball at Denver’s 31. Six plays later, San Diego’s energized offense tied the game.
It began a string of 35 unanswered points for the Chargers. And it all goes back to San Diego’s special teams. Go figure.