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San Diego Chargers vs. Tennessee Titans Series at a Glance

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We are getting a little bit of a jump on this post this week because of the Friday game.  The Chargers lead the all time series between these two 23-16-1 and have won the last 6 meetings.  Jeff Fisher is 0-5 in his career against San Diego. 

The last regular season meeting between these two was on December 9th, 2007 when the Titans blew a big lead late in the game and eventually lost on a LaDainian Tomlinson 16 yard touchdown run in overtime.  That game is remembered for a lot of things including a hit that sidelined Shawne Merriman that he is still upset about, and a horrible call for the Chargers on 4th down when Chris Chambers clearly did not catch the ball but it was ruled that he did.

The Titans traveled to San Diego in the playoffs later that season and lost 17-6 in a game where the Titans offense wouldn't have moved the ball against smash's FRA squad.

Since this is "Thursday Night Football Special Edition on NFL Network" we will get to hear the announcing tandem of Bob Papa and NFL expert Matt Millen.

NFL press release info after the jump.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (11-3) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (7-7)

SERIES

 

CHARGERS

TITANS

SERIES LEADER

22-13-1

 

STREAKS

Past 5

 

COACHES VS. OPP.

Turner: 4-1

Fisher: 0-5

LAST WEEK

W 27-24 vs. Bengals

W 27-24 (OT) vs. Dolphins

LAST GAME

12/9/07: Chargers 23 at Titans 17 (OT).  San Diego TE Antonio Gates catches tying TD pass with 9 seconds left & RB LaDainian Tomlinson runs for 16-yard game-winning TD in OT.

LAST GAME AT SITE

12/9/07

BROADCAST

NFLN (6:30 PM CT): Bob Papa, Matt Millen.  Westwood One Radio: Ian Eagle, Randy Cross, Laura Okmin (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 124 (WW1), 125 (SD).  XM: 124 (WW1), 102 (SD).

 

STATS

PASSING

Rivers: 287-444-3,891-25 (T2C)-9-102.8 (1C)

Young: 127-210-1,619-10-4-92.5

RUSHING

Tomlinson: 205-670-3.3-10

Johnson: 301-1,730 (1L)-5.7-11 (T3L)

RECEIVING

Gates (TE): 75-1,071-14.3-6

Johnson (RB): 44-446-10.1-2

OFFENSE

355.1

360.6

TAKE/GIVE

+7 (T2C)

-1

DEFENSE

330.1

365.4

SACKS

Phillips: 7

T. Brown: 5

INTs

Cromartie, Jammer: 3

Finnegan: 5

PUNTING

Scifres: 45.2

Kern: 45.1

KICKING

Kaeding: 129 (1L) (42/43 PAT; 29/32 FG)

Bironas: 108 (3C) (33/33 PAT; 25/29 FG)

NOTES

CHARGERS Club will play 1st regular season game on Christmas Day…SD has 4-2 (.667) all-time record in Friday games.  Game is club’s 1st on Friday since 29-13 win vs. Cin. on 9/6/68…Aim for 10th win in row…Seek to extend NFL record of 17 consecutive wins in Dec…Incl. postseason, Chargers aims for 7th straight win vs. Ten…In 9-game win streak, QB PHILIP RIVERS has completed 179 of 261 (68.6 pct.) for 2,372 passing yards w/18 TDs vs. 6 INTs & 110.5 passer rating.  Rivers (3,891) needs 119 passing yards to surpass career-high of 4,009 in ’08…RB LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (136) needs 1 rush TD to surpass EMMITT SMITH (1990s) for most rush TDs in single decade.  In 4 career games vs. Ten. (incl. postseason), Tomlinson averages 101.5 rush yards per game (406 total) & has 5 rush TDs in those 4…TE ANTONIO GATES (1,071) needs 31 rec. yards to surpass career-high of 1,101 in ’05…WR VINCENT JACKSON aims for 3rd consecutive game w/100+ rec. yards…CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE had INT in last regular season game vs. Ten…TITANS Franchise is 2-1 on Christmas Day…Game is club’s 1st on Friday since 25-24 loss at Boston Patriots on 11/6/64…Aim for 6th win in row at home…Team ranks 2nd in NFL w/162.6 rush yards per game…QB VINCE YOUNG is 5-0 as starter at home in ’09 & has completed 79 of 121 passes (65.3 pct.) for 1,090 yards w/7 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 106.4 passer rating.  Young had career-high 3 TD passes last week…RB CHRIS JOHNSON (9) aims to become 3rd player in NFL history to rush for 100+ yards in 10 consecutive games (BARRY SANDERS, 14; MARCUS ALLEN, 11).  Johnson (2,958) needs 42 rush yards to reach 3,000 for career…WR JUSTIN GAGE tied career-high w/2 TD rec. last week…Defense has 8 INTs in past 2 games…CB NICK HARPER & MICHAEL GRIFFINrecorded 1st INTs of season last week…CB CORTLAND FINNEGAN had INT in last meeting against Chargers (WC on 1/6/08).