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AFC Wildcard Game 2008: Chargers mortalize the Titans

“Mortalize” isn’t a real word.  N’importe.

Qualcomm Stadium in California. The Tennessee Titans trekked southwestward across the country to challenge the San Diego Chargers for a shot at the AFC divisional championship game, and then hopefully the Super Bowl.

The first quarter started with grey skies, precipitation, and a Titans field goal.   The second quarter ended with another Titans field goal.  Going into halftime, Tennessee 6 and San Diego 0.   The third quarter gave the Chargers a modicum amount of hope with a field goal.  Well Hallelujah.  San Diego wide receiver Vincent Jackson made a touchdown in the bottom of the third quarter.  Chargers 10 and Titans 6.  The fourth quarter picked up again in the precipitation.  Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson nearly made a touchdown just before the halfway point in the fourth quarter.    The ball was called dead at the one yard-line; San Diego challenged but the ruling stood (no more time-outs for them).  Tomlinson made another effort, leaped up and over the Titans defensive players and broke the plane with his outstretched hands.  Chargers up to 17.   Tennessee challenged but the ruling stood (they still had one more at that point).  After 3.65 quarters of underwhelming game-play (excepting interceptions), the game ended 17 to 6 in favor of San Diego.  The Chargers are going to the AFC divisional game.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Because this game was on CBS, the blue line of scrimmage graphic was on the field.  After watching a number of football games on Fox, NBC, and CBS within the the last week, I think I’d be content either way if the blue line of scrimmage was nixed next season.

2. “Jackson has San Diego down to the twenty-six yard line–its deepest penetration,” one of the commentators remarked.  Again, easily misinterpreted.

3. Before Vincent Jackson made the TD in the bottom of the third quarter, Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was flagged for unnecessary roughness. He crept beyond the line of scrimmage and pushed Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to the ground.  I caught it in a slow-motion instant replay from behind the Titans line; it reminded me of something one would see in sixth-grade gym class.

4. Chargers defensive end Luis Castillo did this reverse kick-ball-change step after he  sacked Titans quarterback Vince Young.

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