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Chargers keep win streak vs Titans alive in 33-25 win

The Chargers always seem to play special against the Titans, and Sunday was another case of that, as they won their 8th straight against them, winning at home 33-25.

Now at 3-5, the team snapped their three-game losing streak. They haven’t lost to Tennessee since 1993. They rallied after being down and held down Kerry Collins and the Titans with a late rally.

Collins’ fourth-and-2 pass from the San Diego 15 with 30 seconds left was dropped by running back Chris Johnson, who had a 29-yard TD run earlier. The Chargers held him in check to 59 yards rushing.

“It’s been a tough month,” QB Philip Rivers said. “This was a hard-fought, emotional win. It took everything we had against a good team. We talked about it all week — we have to find a way to win one game.”

The Titans looked as if they were finally going to overcome the Chargers, as they built a 19-7 lead in the second quarter on the strength the Johnson TD run. He got a key block from QB Vince Young on the play.

The Chargers scored the game’s next 20 points to go ahead 27-19, in large part because the Titans couldn’t get to Rivers, who completed 27 of 36 passes for 305 yards.

“If he was a cat,’’ defensive end Jason Babin said, “I think he probably used all nine lives today. He stepped up in the pocket and made some throws and it was like, ‘How did he get that ball off?’ ”

Playing with an injured toe, Chargers TE Antonio Gates took advantage of yet another mismatch. He got behind linebacker Will Witherspoon to haul in the go-ahead, 48-yard pass TD pass, his ninth of the season, for a 24-19 lead.

“They were the most complete team we’ve played,” Turner said. “That’s what makes this win that much more special to me.”

Young played well, going 10-for-21 for 253 yards and two touchdowns. Rivers had his fifth 300-yard game of the season, tying his career high from last season.

“To me it’s a team deal,” Rivers said. “We would much rather be 5-3 or 6-2 than be sitting at 3-5 and have a record like this. I think it’s a reflection of our team. Hopefully there’s a lot more yards left and hopefully they’re going to turn into a lot more wins.”

The Chargers will look to keep their winning ways up as they play at Houston next Sunday.


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