January 27, 2011 – 5:41 PM
Oct. 24, 2010 – New England at San Diego
The Chargers defense made Tom Brady look pedestrian in the first half – Brady completed 6-of-16 passes for 35 yards – but turnovers on four consecutive possessions stalled San Diego’s offense.
When the Patriots opened the second half with a 17-play touchdown drive, the Chargers trailed 20-3. More than half the third quarter expired before they got the ball.
The teams traded field goals to start the fourth quarter before Antonio Gates’ four-yard touchdown ignited a comeback attempt that fell short on a 50-yard field goal that dinged off the right upright.
Here are some snapshots from Qualcomm Stadium:
The Chargers recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month against the Patriots, adding pink to the field and the players’ uniforms.
Quentin Jammer halts Patriots running back Danny Woodhead at the 1-yard line during the first quarter. Woodhead, New England’s leading rusher during the game, carried eight times for just 24 yards.
Antwan Barnes pressures New England’s Tom Brady on a pass play. Barnes sacked Brady twice and the Chargers limited the unanimous All-Pro quarterback to 3.6 yards per attempt.
Antonio Gates tore his plantar fascia a week earlier against St. Louis and did not have a catch against New England until this four-yard touchdown with 7:21 left in the game. That got the Chargers within 23-13 and set up a successful onside kick.
Mike Tolbert punched into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown after Richard Goodman recovered the onside kick as San Diego closed to 23-20.
Antwan Applewhite wrestles BenJarvus Green-Ellis down for a one-yard loss on fourth-and-1 with 1:55 left.
Kris Brown attempts a 50-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter. The kick had enough distance but caromed off the right upright.
Stay true and keep pounding,
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