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Peterson Runs all over San Diego as Bolts Lose 35-17

The San Diego defense couldn’t make a tackle to save its life on Sunday allowing rookie RB Adrian Peterson to amass a NFL single game record for rushing yards with 296 and 3 TDs on 30 carries. After knocking Minnesota starting QB Tarvaris Jackson out of the game early, the only weapon left on the Minnesota offense was the rookie Peterson. But the Bolt defense failed to capitalize on the opportunity and even allowed emergency QB Brooks Bollinger to pass for a TD; he was 7 of 10 for 95 yards and 1 TD on the day. The front seven of the bolts failed to put pressure on the QB as they only had one sack.

The Chargers offense appeared to have regressed back to the beginning of the season as they failed to put much of anything together. Minnesota gained 528 total yards while San Diego only managed to gain 229 yards. QB Philip Rivers and his offensive cohorts were hampered all day hacing to play without starting C Nick Hardwick. Hardwick missed the game because of a foot injury. RB LaDainian Tomlinson was almost non-existent as he only gained 40 rushing yards on 16 carries and scored 1 TD. Since the dominant run-defense of the Vikings was shutting down LT, Rivers had to step up and have a solid game: He did not do that as he completed just 19 0f 42 pass attempts with 1 INT and 0 TDs.

Antonio Cromartie provided the lone bright spot of the game for the bolts as he set an NFL record for the longest play in history as he returned a miss field goal 109 yards for a TD on the last play of the first half.

As if falling back to .500 wasn’t bad enough, the Chargers suffered some injuries that could hamper their chances of bouncing back from this ugly loss. DE Luis Castillo left the game in the 3rd quarter and did not return. Castillo wasn’t even able to walk himself to the locker-room as he had to be carted there. CB Quentin Jammer pulled a hamstring in the 2nd quarter and did not return.

Despite losing the Chargers are still going to be tied with the Kansas City Chiefs atop the division as they lost the Packers.

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