In today’s 27-17 victory over the New York Jets the Chargers history books gained some new marks. In turn a lot of game balls were distributed after the game. Coach Turner passed out a game ball to each player – Kendal Reyes, Corey Liuget, Jarret Johnson, Antonio Garay, Donald Butler, Shaun Phillips, Larry English, Brandon Taylor, Melvin Ingram – who amassed one or more of the 11 total sacks by the Chargers defense, marking a new single game record. The old single game record was 9 sacks in 2010.
The other game ball goes without saying as Antonio Gates scored the 82nd touchdown of his career, surpassing Chargers great Lance Alworth to make him the Chargers all time touchdown reception leader.
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After a resounding 34-24 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Coach Norv Turner decided his game ball would go to Reggie Wells and Kevin Haslam.
Haslam took over for Jeromey Clary in last week’s game and started at the left tackle position. Wells was signed just earlier this week and started at right tackle, this being his first game of 2012 and first start since 2010. Haslam on the other hand was starting for the first time in his career.
Haslam and Wells were called upon at the 11th hour to fill voids of an ailing Chargers offensive line and they did just that.
Another game ball was dished out in the locker room, but this one was given by Chairman of the Board and President Dean Spanos to Coach Turner as a result of securing the franchise’s first win in Pittsburgh, as well as scoring the most points against them. The team was ecstatic to see their Coach be honored.
Tags: kevin haslam, Offensive Line, Pittsburgh, reggie wells
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After the Chargers 31-13 win over their division rival Kansas City Chiefs, Coach Turner gave his game balls to Jarret Johnson and Demorrio Williams for their stellar performances on the defensive side of the ball, and gave one each to Danario Alexander and Seyi Ajirotutu on the offensive side.
Johnson had a strip sack in the end zone resulting in a Chargers recovery for a TD while Williams had the first pick six of his career. On offense, Alexander had three catches for 60 yards with a long of 30, while Ajirotutu had one long catch for 28 yards.
Tags: Ajirotutu, Danario Alexander, Demorrio Williams, Jarret Johnson
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Coach Turner couldn’t help but give his game ball to three players after today’s decisive victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, Jackie Battle, Demorrio Williams, and Le’ron McClain, all three of whom’s last performance at Arrowhead was in a Chiefs uniform.
Today, all three players were given a token of gratitude for their performance representing the blue and gold.
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The Chargers dominated on all fronts as they bounce to a 17-0 lead at the end of the first quarter against the Chiefs.
The Bolts held the ball for 10:37 of the 1st quarter, forced two turnovers, and held the league’s number one ranked rushing team in the league to a negative twelve yards on the ground.
– Philip Rivers completes the 2000 pass of his career
– Eddie Royal catches his 10th career touchdown
Tune into Chargers.com for Live game updates.
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After a Sunday of Chargers football excellence, Coach Turner decided the game ball deservedly had to be given to the entire offensive and defensive line. The defensive line held one of the league’s best rusher’s in Chris Johnson, to a total 17-yards rushing while the Chargers offensive line allowed for 148 total yards rushing and Rivers to go 24 for 32, with 284 yards, and 3 TDs. A final score of 38-10 on a blistering hot day in San Diego puts the Chargers at 2-0 on the season.
Let us know who gets your game ball today…
Tags: defensive line, game ball, Offensive Line, Titans
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Mike Harris, undrafted rookie free agent from UCLA, proved his worth and then some on his NFL career debut by getting awarded tonight’s game ball. Harris, coming in for injured Jared Gaither at left tackle showed tonight that he can not only compete at the NFL caliber but can be a game changer.
Who do you think should have gotten tonight’s game ball?
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Tonight Philip Rivers showed us what he is famous for, spreading the ball and hitting seven different receivers down field. Malcom Floyd topped the reception list with four catches for 66 yards. Rivers kept the ball moving downfield which also helped set up Kaeding for a perfect night thru the uprights.
Tell us your thoughts on the Chargers receiving core debut …..
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Chargers-Vikings game on Friday night was pretty exciting. Nick Novak nailed a 45-yard field goal as time expired to give the Chargers a 12-10 victory.
Awesome, right? Well, maybe not.
According to this 2011 post over at Yahoo.com, only 31% of NFL teams who had an undefeated preseason since 2000 went on to have a winning season.
The Chargers are getting dangerously close to 4-0.
The post makes a point on how the preseason victories can get fans really excited.
It’s easy for some fans to think that their team is destined for greatness when they’re the only team that wins all their preseason games. Fans tell themselves, “How good will they be when they’re actually trying? Our team has some tremendous depth and can overcome any injury!”
So here we are, heading into the fourth and final preseason game and the Bolts sit 3-0. If my math is correct, and the team pulls out a win in San Francisco on Thursday night, they’ll go UNDEFEATED!
Is it nice to win the games? Absolutely, but it doesn’t mean much, one way or the other in the preseason.
So do you want the Chargers to go 4-0 in the preseason? Or does it matter? I’m confused.
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Here at the team hotel, head coach Norv Turner has just alerted Chargers.com that Charlie Whitehurst will start Friday night’s game at the Minnesota Vikings, giving Philip Rivers the day off.
“Charlie is going to start, and I’m anxious to watch him in a starting role,” said Turner. “It’s something we may be in the position during the regular season that we have to do that, and it’s a good experience for him.”
This isn’t the first time Turner has decided to rest Rivers in favor of another quarterback in the preseason. A few years back, he did the very same thing when he wanted to get a better look at Billy Volek.
One more note – Rivers won’t be the only healthy player who will sit out Friday’s game as Turner said he plans to rest Antonio Gates as well.
Stay tuned for more here in Minneapolis.
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