NFL 08: Chargers grill up the Patriots

The New England Patriots and the San Diego Chargers square off on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.  Unfolding on the Chargers’ turf, the first quarter started with a San Diego field goal.  Patriots kicker Stephen Gostowski’s field goal was no good.  On the Chargers’ next possession, wide receiver Malcolm Floyd made a touchdown.  San Diego 10 and New England 0.  Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding attempted but missed his second field goal at the bottom of the first quarter. The second quarter put the Patriots on the board with a field goal.  San Diego 10 and New England 3.  With about two minutes left in the quarter, Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson made a TD.  Going into halftime, San Diego 17 and New England 3.

San Diego defended their goal line very effectively against the Patriots in the top of third quarter (through the nine minute mark).  New England quarterback Matt Cassel got his team down to the red zone but was unable to complete any passes for a touchdown.  He even tried to get into the end zone himself on fourth and goal but to no avail.  On the Chargers’ next possession, tight end Antonio Gates made a TD catch.  San Diego 24 and New England 3.  Chargers corner back Quentin Jammer intercepted Matt Cassel on the Patriots’ next turn
“at bat.”  One play later, the camera went into a close-up of New England head coach Bill Belichick mouthing what looks like “hey Finch!” to an off-screen person.  That Chargers drive ended with a field goal.  San Diego 27 and New England 3.

The fourth quarter took off with a field goal for San Diego and ambled towards the bottom with a Patriots TD by running back Sammy Morris.  San Diego 30 and New England 10.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Tonight’s halftime Toyota Line of Scrimmage spotlight: Maryland School for the Deaf.

2. Towards the bottom of the third quarter, Al Michaels informed John Madden that Matt Cassel, at age twelve, played in the 1994 Little League World Series.  There was a video clip too.  Earlier in the game, Michaels and Madden discussed Cassel’s minimum football experience, getting more time on the sidelines than on the field.  I think Cassel could be the subject of an interesting football film (and or book but only if John Feinstein writes it).

3. Sometime in the third quarter, Al Michaels made a comment about Chargers head coach Norv Turner’s IQ going up 15 to 20 points after running back Michael Turner was traded to Atlanta.

4. Have the Chargers’ colored jerseys always been light blue? No, but they were in th 60s.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

By the way, the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals played quite an exciting overtime game.  Click here to find out how the Cardinals beat the Cowboys 30 to 24.

The Philadelphia Eagles beat the San Francisco 49ers 40 to 26.  Click here for details.

And the Jone-Us Brothers will be performing during halftime of the Thanksgiving game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Seattle Seahawks.

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