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New York at San Diego

Rivers throws three TDs, L.T. scores two more in Chargers' first win

CBSSports.com wire reports

SAN DIEGO -- Facing Brett Favre in prime time, the San Diego Chargers knew they had to leave no doubt.

Stunned by two gut-wrenching losses, Philip Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson and the rest of the Chargers raced past nemesis Favre and the New York Jets for a 48-29 victory Monday night in a wild game befitting two original AFL teams.

"It didn't matter how any of us felt. We were going to do what we had to do to win this game," Tomlinson said. "We needed this bad. If we lost this game, we go 0-3 and I don't know what's going to happen. For us to get that first win, there is a sigh of relief."

Rivers tied his career high with three touchdown passes, Tomlinson scored his first two TDs of the season and San Diego finally got back at Favre after all these years. They sacked him three times and intercepted him twice, including a 52-yard return for a score by All-Pro cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

Favre always seemed to come up big on Monday nights with Green Bay. This night, though, he finally lost to the Chargers after beating them five straight times dating to 1993.

San Diego (1-2) looked like the team picked by many to reach the Super Bowl. The Chargers lost their opener to Carolina on the last play, then lost by one point at Denver in a game remembered for referee Ed Hochuli's blown call that set up the Broncos' winning score.

"It's good to win a game," Rivers said. "We needed to win a game. I think you saw what this team can do and the big plays we can make."

Tomlinson, the two-time defending NFL rushing champion, scored on a 2-yard leap to give the Chargers a 38-14 lead in the third quarter. He had been slowed since jamming his right big toe late in the Carolina game. He scored on another 2-yard run late in the fourth quarter, one play after Rivers' 60-yard pass to Vincent Jackson.

"I almost forgot what it felt like," said Tomlinson, who has 131 career touchdowns to tie Cris Carter for sixth place all-time. "I was happy to get a rushing touchdown to keep you guys off our backs."

Favre rolled his left ankle early in the third quarter.

"It felt like I got shot in the leg or something," said Favre, who played all but the Jets' final possession. "They took some X-rays and I think it's OK."

Rivers has thrown three TD passes in every game this season. He was 19-of-25 for 250 yards on Monday, while Tomlinson had 67 yards on 26 carries, his third straight game under 100 yards.

Favre had three touchdown passes for the Jets (1-2), including fourth-quarter TD throws of 4 yards to Chansi Stuckey and 13 yards to Dustin Keller. The 38-year-old Favre was 30-of-42 for 271 yards.

The Chargers could have had two more picks, but safety Clinton Hart -- playing with a broken bone in one hand -- dropped Favre's fourth-down pass in the end zone late in the third quarter and Cromartie let an interception and a sure touchdown clang off his hands in the first quarter. Cromartie intercepted backup QB Kellen Clemens in the end zone in the final minute.

"It's hard to overcome that when you're playing a loaded offense like they have," Favre said.

Although the Chargers know they need to improve on defense, it was enough to stop Favre.

"I wasn't surprised, based on what we've seen on film," Favre said. "They were very active defensively. This ruffled us a little bit protection-wise. I thought they schemed very good."

The Chargers scored three times and the Jets once in a crazy span of 5 minutes, 46 seconds spanning the first and second quarters.

Rivers recovered from an early blunder to throw a 1-yard touchdown pass to rookie fullback Mike Tolbert for a 10-7 lead late with 2:03 left in the first quarter.

On the fourth play of the next Jets' drive, Cromartie overpowered Laveranues Coles and took the ball away, racing 52 yards for a 17-7 lead.

Leon Washington returned the kickoff 94 yards to the San Diego 5. Two plays later, Favre hit Coles on a 3-yard TD pass to pull the Jets within 17-14.

San Diego's Marques Harris recovered an onside kick at the Jets 44 to set up a 27-yard scoring pass from Rivers to Chris Chambers that made it 24-14 11:17 before halftime.

Eric Weddle intercepted Favre to set up Rivers' 6-yard scoring pass to tight end Antonio Gates for a 31-14 lead late in the second quarter.

Jets cornerback David Barrett stunned the Chargers and quieted the crowd at Qualcomm Stadium when he jumped in front of Gates for an interception he returned 25 yards for a touchdown less than four minutes into the game.


  • Chargers DE Luis Castillo was shaken up in the second quarter but returned.
  • Tomlinson said his toe is close to being 100 percent.
  • Cromartie, who led the NFL with 10 interceptions last year, has 12 in his three-year career.
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LaDainian Tomlinson shakes off a toe injury and collects his first two touchdowns of the season.
LaDainian Tomlinson shakes off a toe injury and collects his first two touchdowns of the season. (Getty Images)


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NYJ - Pass: B. Favre (30-42, 271), Rec: J. Cotchery (10-76)
SD - Pass: P. Rivers (19-25, 250), Rec: V. Jackson (3-74)
Scoring Summary
TDDavid Barrett, 25 Yd interception return (Jay Feely kick is good), 11:27.
FGNate Kaeding 36 Yd, 5:40. Drive: 12 plays, 53 yards in 5:47.
TDMike Tolbert, 1 Yd pass from Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding kick is good), 2:03. Drive: 5 plays, 16 yards in 1:54.
TDAntonio Cromartie, 52 Yd interception return (Nate Kaeding kick is good), 14:48.
TDLaveranues Coles, 3 Yd pass from Brett Favre (Jay Feely kick is good), 13:50. Drive: 2 plays, 5 yards in 0:58.
TDChris Chambers, 27 Yd pass from Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding kick is good), 11:17. Drive: 5 plays, 44 yards in 2:33.
TDAntonio Gates, 6 Yd pass from Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding kick is good), 3:17. Drive: 10 plays, 45 yards in 5:50.
TDLaDainian Tomlinson, 2 Yd run (Nate Kaeding kick is good), 10:36. Drive: 7 plays, 79 yards in 4:24.
TDChansi Stuckey, 4 Yd pass from Brett Favre (Brett Favre 2 Pt. Conversion pass to failed), 10:30. Drive: 15 plays, 83 yards in 5:28.
FGJay Feely 32 Yd, 8:21. Drive: 6 plays, 43 yards in 2:09.
TDLaDainian Tomlinson, 2 Yd run (Nate Kaeding kick is good), 3:55. Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards in 4:26.
TDDustin Keller, 13 Yd pass from Brett Favre (Brett Favre 2 Pt. Conversion pass to Chansi Stuckey failed), 3:09. Drive: 2 plays, 19 yards in 0:46.
FGNate Kaeding 49 Yd, 2:03. Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards in 1:06.
Players of the Game
San Diego

P. Rivers
Att 25
Comp 19
Yds 250
TD 3

B. Favre
Att 42
Comp 30
Yds 271
TD 3
New York
B. Favre30/4227132
K. Clemens3/52601
T. Jones103708
B. Favre2503
L. Washington1-10-1
J. Cotchery1076014
L. Coles675141
C. Stuckey642112
D. Keller441114
C. Baker32609
L. Washington220015
T. Jones21709
San Diego
P. Rivers19/2525031
L. Tomlinson266725
D. Sproles538021
J. Hester1303
P. Rivers3-101
V. Jackson374060
C. Davis343020
D. Sproles239025
C. Chambers127127
A. Gates225119
L. Tomlinson32009
M. Tolbert41716
B. Manumaleuna1505
Complete Player Stats
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DAL 27 Final
GB 16
PIT 6 Final
PHI 15
JAC 23 Final
IND 21
CLE 10 Final
BAL 28
STL 13 Final
SEA 37
DET 13 Final
SF 31
NO 32 Final
DEN 34
ARI 17 Final
WAS 24
HOU 12 Final
TEN 31
CIN 23 Final
NYG 26
MIA 38 Final
NE 13
CAR 10 Final
MIN 20
TB 27 Final
CHI 24
OAK 23 Final
BUF 24
KC 14 Final
ATL 38