January 24, 2011 – 6:06 PM
Oct. 17, 2010 – San Diego at St. Louis
The Chargers lost Malcom Floyd (hamstring) and Antonio Gates (foot) to injury in the first half and again fell behind 17-0.
Philip Rivers and Patrick Crayton led a comeback that got San Diego within 20-17, but Steven Jackson picked up two crucial first downs for the Rams late in the fourth quarter that enabled St. Louis to run out the clock and preserve the win.
Here are some snapshots from St. Louis:
Antonio Gates, left, and Philip Rivers stand near midfield at the Edward Jones Dome during pregame warm-ups. The duo entered the game as one of the NFL’s most prolific combinations. Gates caught at least one touchdown pass in each of his last nine regular-season games.
Gates catches two passes for 12 yards before leaving early in the second quarter with what was diagnosed as a torn plantar fascia in his right foot.
St. Louis safety Oshiomogho Atogwe intercepts a deep ball intended for Floyd in the end zone. Floyd suffered a hamstring injury during the game that limited him to five games and 13 catches the rest of the season.
Antwan Barnes pressures rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, who releases the ball with a hand in his face.
Left tackle Marcus McNeill, in his stance before the snap, plays his first game of the 2010 season.
Nate Kaeding attempts a 49-yard field goal that would get blocked. Kaeding (groin) was injured before the game and missed the next three games. The Chargers signed Kris Brown to kick during Kaeding’s absence.
Rivers slides out of the pocket to his left as Rams defensive tackle Fred Robbins applies pressure.
Crayton attempts to leap over St. Louis cornerback Ron Bartell after one of his six catches for 117 yards.
Luis Castillo makes a form tackle on Jackson after a three-yard run. San Diego called timeout after the play to set up third-and-6 at the St. Louis 36 with 2:24 left and pressure mounting on the Rams, but Jackson rushed for nine yards on the play and the Chargers never got the ball back.
Stay true and keep pounding,
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