Jets
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29 - 48 Final
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Rivers, Tomlinson help Chargers light up Jets

Sep 23, 2008 - 5:43 AM By Tim Powers PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SAN DIEGO (Ticker) -- The San Diego Chargers finally got the better of Brett Favre.

Having lost all five previous meetings with the future Hall of Fame quarterback, the Chargers intercepted Favre twice en route to a 48-29 triumph over the New York Jets on Monday night.

Favre's counterpart, San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers, turned in another impressive performance, going 19-for-25 with three touchdowns and one interception.

Rivers tossed scoring passes to Mike Tolbert, Chris Chambers and Antonio Gates to pace the Chargers (1-2), who lost on the final play of the game against the Carolina Panthers in their season opener. San Diego then was beaten by the rival Denver Broncos on a two-point conversion after a controversial call with 24 seconds left in Week Two.

"It was a fun night," Rivers said. "For one, any time you're playing against a Brett Favre-led team, the game is never over. It was never too comfortable there until the end. Obviously, (Favre is) a Hall of Famer, and it was fun to be out there on the field with him."

LaDainian Tomlinson picked up his first rushing touchdown of the season for the Chargers, who opened the third quarter with a scoring drive to push the lead to 38-14.

"It was a great night for us," Tomlinson said. "It seemed like we were picking up third downs and keeping drives alive, and that was the whole gameplan. It didn't matter how any of us felt tonight, we were going to do what it takes to win. We needed this one bad, and we got it."

Rivers, who threw for a career-high 377 yards one week ago in Denver, got off to a slow start in this one, throwing an interception on his first pass attempt that David Barrett returned for a touchdown and an early 7-0 lead for New York.

After Rivers threw the first of three first-half touchdown passes, San Diego answered with an interception return for a touchdown of their own, when Antonio Cromartie picked off Favre's pass and scampered 52 yards for the score and a 17-7 bulge.

Rivers tossed two more scores, the second of which was set up by Eric Weddle's interception, as San Diego built a 31-14 halftime advantage and 24-point lead after Tomlinson's early second-half score.

"Favre tried to force it in on a little pivot route to Laveranues Coles, and I had to just make a play on the ball," Cromartie said. "Then I just had to turn around and go. This past week, we emphasized on getting to the ball, and when you get to the ball, good things happen."

Favre threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Jets (1-2) attempted an ill-fated late rally. The 38-year-old, nine-time Pro Bowler finished the game 30-of-42 with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

"We made too many mistakes," Favre said. "Against a football team like that, they're going to score points regardless, and we just made too many mistakes. I made numerous, numerous mistakes and it hurt us."

Tomlinson added a second score in the fourth quarter and rushed for 67 yards in the contest.

"I thought the key to the game was our defense set a tempo early in the first half," Chargers head coach Norv Turner said. "I thought we got back to playing the way we play. We did a lot of good things today, but there are a lot of things we have to work to get better at."

Coles had six receptions for 75 yards and one touchdown and Thomas Jones ran for 37 yards on 10 attempts for the Jets, who lost for the second straight week.

"You can't play this way, you can't have the turnovers," New York coach Eric Mangini said. "We can't do that and expect to win games, especially to win games on the road. What we collectively have to do is come back and work consistently and make sure that we don't do this again."

Kellen Clemens replaced Favre on the final possession of the game, going 3-for-5 for 26 yards before tossing an interception to Cromartie with 44 ticks remaining in the game.






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    Jets 29, Chargers 48  FinalSep 23 1:07 AM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NY JETS 7 7 0 15 29
    SAN DIEGO 10 21 7 10 48 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NYJ - TD, DAVID BARRETT 25 YD INTERCEPTION
    RETURN (JAY FEELY KICK), 3:33. NY
    JETS 7-0
    SDG - FG, NATE KAEDING 36 YD, 9:20. Drive: 12
    plays, 71 yards in 5:47. Key plays:
    Rivers 12-yard pass to D

    Sep 22 11:39 PM


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    FG SDG
    NATE KAEDING 49 YD
    NY JETS 29
    SAN DIEGO 48 2:03 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Jets 29, Chargers 48  4th - 2:03Sep 22 11:30 PM


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    TD NYJ
    DUSTIN KELLER 13 YD PASS FROM BRETT FAVRE
    (TWO-POINT PASS CONVERSION FAILED)
    NY JETS 29
    SAN DIEGO 45 3:41 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Jets 29, Chargers 45  4th - 3:41Sep 22 11:22 PM


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    TD SDG
    LADAINIAN TOMLINSON 2 YD RUN
    (NATE KAEDING KICK)
    NY JETS 23
    SAN DIEGO 45 3:55 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Jets 23, Chargers 45  4th - 3:55Sep 22 11:15 PM


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    FG NYJ
    JAY FEELY 32 YD
    NY JETS 23
    SAN DIEGO 38 8:21 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Jets 23, Chargers 38  4th - 8:21Sep 22 11:05 PM


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    TD NYJ
    CHANSI STUCKEY 4 YD PASS FROM BRETT FAVRE
    (TWO-POINT PASS CONVERSION FAILED)
    NY JETS 20
    SAN DIEGO 38 10:30 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Jets 20, Chargers 38  4th - 10:30Sep 22 10:56 PM


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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NY JETS 7 7 0 14
    SAN DIEGO 10 21 7 38 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NYJ - TD, DAVID BARRETT 25 YD INTERCEPTION
    RETURN (JAY FEELY KICK), 3:33. NY
    JETS 7-0
    SDG - FG, NATE KAEDING 36 YD, 9:20. Drive: 12
    plays, 71 yards in 5:47. Key plays:
    Rivers 12-yard pa

    Sep 22 10:46 PM


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    TD SDG
    LADAINIAN TOMLINSON 2 YD RUN
    (NATE KAEDING KICK)
    NY JETS 14
    SAN DIEGO 38 10:36 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Jets 14, Chargers 38  3rd - 10:36Sep 22 10:21 PM


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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NY JETS 7 7 14
    SAN DIEGO 10 21 31 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NYJ - TD, DAVID BARRETT 25 YD INTERCEPTION
    RETURN (JAY FEELY KICK), 3:33. NY
    JETS 7-0
    SDG - FG, NATE KAEDING 36 YD, 9:20. Drive: 12
    plays, 71 yards in 5:47. Key plays:
    Rivers 12-yard pass t

    Sep 22 10:01 PM


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    TD SDG
    ANTONIO GATES 6 YD PASS FROM PHILIP RIVERS
    (NATE KAEDING KICK)
    NY JETS 14
    SAN DIEGO 31 3:17 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Jets 14, Chargers 31  2nd - 3:17Sep 22 9:51 PM


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    TD SDG
    CHRIS CHAMBERS 27 YD PASS FROM PHILIP RIVERS
    (NATE KAEDING KICK)
    NY JETS 14
    SAN DIEGO 24 11:17 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Jets 14, Chargers 24  2nd - 11:17Sep 22 9:33 PM


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    TD NYJ
    LAVERANUES COLES 3 YD PASS FROM BRETT FAVRE
    (JAY FEELY KICK)
    NY JETS 14
    SAN DIEGO 17 13:50 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Jets 14, Chargers 17  2nd - 13:50Sep 22 9:25 PM
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    TD SDG
    ANTONIO CROMARTIE 53 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN
    (NATE KAEDING KICK)
    NY JETS 7
    SAN DIEGO 17 14:48 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Jets 7, Chargers 17  2nd - 14:48Sep 22 9:20 PM


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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NY JETS 7 7
    SAN DIEGO 10 10 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NYJ - TD, DAVID BARRETT 25 YD INTERCEPTION
    RETURN (JAY FEELY KICK), 3:33. NY
    JETS 7-0
    SDG - FG, NATE KAEDING 36 YD, 9:20. Drive: 12
    plays, 71 yards in 5:47. Key plays:
    Rivers 12-yard pa

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    TD SDG
    MIKE TOLBERT 1 YD PASS FROM PHILIP RIVERS
    (NATE KAEDING KICK)
    NY JETS 7
    SAN DIEGO 10 2:03 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Jets 7, Chargers 10  1st - 2:03Sep 22 9:14 PM


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    NY JETS 7
    SAN DIEGO 3 5:34 LEFT, 1ST QTR
    NYJ BALL ON NYJ 27 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Jets 7, Chargers 3  1st - 5:34Sep 22 9:04 PM


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    TD NYJ
    DAVID BARRETT 25 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN
    (JAY FEELY KICK)
    NY JETS 7
    SAN DIEGO 0 11:27 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Jets 7, Chargers 0  1st - 11:27Sep 22 8:49 PM
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