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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Game Notes | Week 16: Chargers @ Buccaneers

Philip Rivers - Playfake screen pass to Manumaleuana for an 11 yard touchdown. Rolled out, bought time and threw a perfect pass to Antonio Gates on the end line for a second TD. Having his way with the Bucs defense. Scrambled and found Gates again in the end zone. Career-high 4th touchdown to Sproles on a screen pass.

LaDainian Tomlinson - Finding running room early with 7 carries for 36 yards. Showing a little of the Jamal Lewis stutter step when he can't find a hole.

Antonio Gates - Rivers found him streaking along the end line for a leaping 15-yard touchdown. A scrambling Rivers once again found Gates in the end zone, too physical for the Bucs corners.

Vincent Jackson - Back shoulder throw down the sideline, but unable to pull it in with Aqib Talib all of him. Picked up 15 yards on a slant. Another 18 yards on a playfake over the middle. Wide open for a 22-yard gain. 25-yarder over the middle to set up a last second field goal to close out the first half.

Chris Chambers - Norv Turner thought he'd have a big day today. Sold a post pattern and made a break for the sidelines, hauling in a 17-yard pass.

Darren Sproles - Rare Sproles-Rivers-Sproles flea flicker that goes for 4 yards. Screen-pass homerun for a 32-yard touchdown.

Legadu Naanee - A couple of nice first-half catches.

Jeff Garcia - Scrambles to set up his own bootleg TD on a 3rd & 2. Despite the injured calf, he was his usual gutsy, improvisational self, but he got little help from a receiving crew that dropped balls all day. Bought time and got drilled as he threw a bomb to a wide open Antonio Bryant for a 71-yard touchdown. Bleeding all over the face after Quentin Jammer drilled him in the helmet, smashing it into the bridge of his nose. Second interception (pick-6) came on a deflected ball. Down by 17 with a bloody face, was replaced by Luke McCown with 2 minutes left in the game.

Warrick Dunn

Antonio Bryant - Lost 2 yards on first catch and fumbled it away to the Chargers. Bad drop on a ball that hit him in the chest, and then another drop on the next play. Racked up a couple of catches on the drive to close out the first half. Chargers secondary lost him, and a hurried Garcia found him wide open down the field for a 71-yard TD. Just overthrown by a yard on another wide open deep ball.

Michael Clayton

Cadillac Williams - Appeared to break the goal-line on a high effort run, but the Bucs didn't challenge the call and B.J. Askew dove over on the next play.

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