NFL Nation: 2013 Week 3 SDG at TEN Rapid Reaction
September, 22, 2013
By Eric D. Williams | ESPN.com
A few thoughts on the San Diego Chargers' 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
What it means: The Chargers had not lost to the Titans since the franchise was in Houston and known as the Oilers in 1992 (nine straight games). San Diego lets another game slip away in the final moments and falls to 1-2.
Defense can’t stop Locker: Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker went 7-of-10 for 94 yards on the game-winning drive, including a 34-yard touchdown strike to rookie receiver Justin Hunter with 15 seconds left. San Diego could have effectively ended the game four plays earlier, but defensive back Marcus Gilchrist couldn’t hold onto an interception on a tipped ball off the hands of Titans tight end Delanie Walker. Locker finished 23-of-37 for 299 passing yards.
Stock watch: Rising -- Philip Rivers continues to show a rebirth under new Chargers coach Mike McCoy. Rivers completed 20 of 24 passes for 184 yards with a 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Antonio Gates. Rivers now has eight touchdown passes and just one interception on the year. Rivers did cost his team field position with a personal foul penalty for arguing an offensive pass interference call in the first half that negated an Eddie Royal touchdown pass in the first half. The Chargers had to settle for a Nick Novak 44-yard field goal on the drive.
Reserves step up: Michael Harris started in place of rookie D.J. Fluker (concussion) at right tackle and looked solid in pass protection, not giving up a sack. Harris also made a key block on Ronnie Brown's 1-yard touchdown run that put San Diego ahead in the second half, 17-10. Reggie Walker was a late replacement at inside linebacker in place of Donald Butler (groin), and notched a sack in the first half.
Titans run wild: Tennessee owned the line of scrimmage offensively, finishing with 170 rushing yards. Chris Johnson rushed 19 times for 90 yards. And Locker finished with 68 rushing yards.
What’s next: The Chargers return home to face the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.
September, 22, 2013
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A few thoughts on the Titans’ 20-17 win over the Chargers at LP Field:
What it means: The Titans are 2-1 and feeling great about themselves in a game that could qualify as Jake Locker’s coming out party. He jumped and pumped his fist heading toward the sideline with 15 seconds on the clock after his a 34-yard touchdown pass to rookie Justin Hunter. Four plays later the Chargers tried a wild lateral-fest to make something big happen, but failed.
Stock watch, up: Locker completed 23 of 37 passes for 299 yards and the winning score. He was great on the final drive, hitting Kendall Wright, Delanie Walker, Damian Williams and finally Hunter, after shaking off a tough drop by Walker. Locker also ran five times for 68 yards. Nate Washington was the Titans' best receiver with eight catches for 131 yards.
Stock watch, down: As Hunter was a hero, going over Crezdon Butler, Kenny Britt continues to sink. The receiver had two penalties in the first half, one a questionable block in the back. Those were on top of two drops, including on the first play from scrimmage on an easy ball.
Unsung: Bernard Pollard's block of Nick Novak's 38-yard field goal attempt on the last play of the first half was huge. The Titans had to feel like they were leading at intermission even though it was 10-10.
Laundry list: The Titans committed 11 penalties for 116 yards. They didn’t always get the best of the calls -- Britt’s block in the back looked like a hand on the back, and the Chargers got away with a pass interference on Hunter in the end zone. And they only drew one flag after the half.
What’s next: The Titans play at home against the Jets in the middle game of a three-game home stand.
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