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COSTA MESA, Calif. — Tackled by his teammates upon breaking the NFL record for touchdowns by a tight end, Los Angeles Chargers TE Antonio Gates wanted to avoid one person — longtime quarterback and good friend Philip Rivers.

“I specifically told Philip to stay away from me,” Gates said. “Because Philip is the guy that I’ve been through the battles with for years and years — I know that he can bring the emotions out of me.

“He was the only one I was like, ‘Look — you get away from me! Everybody else come on and congratulate me. But Phil, you stay over there!’ So it was fun. We moved forward. We made a play. We practiced it with repetition. We prepared for this moment. But at the end of the day, we still wanted to get the win.”

Gates’ historic touchdown catch — the 112th of his career to surpass Tony Gonzalez for the tight end record — came in the Chargers’ 19-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Rivers and Gates have connected on 85 touchdowns during their careers, the most in NFL history for a quarterback-tight end tandem. The duo tied Steve Young and Jerry Rice among all-time NFL quarterback-receiver duos with Gates’ touchdown and now trail only Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison (112).
Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates have connected on 85 touchdowns during their careers, the most in NFL history for a quarterback-tight end tandem. Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
“It’s a lot of touchdowns,” Rivers said. “A lot of years, a lot of tight ends that have played in this league. It’s certainly a special accomplishment for him. I’m just thankful that I could be a part of a lot of them — not all of them but a lot of them. He’s been awesome, awesome for a long time.”

The Chargers dropped to 0-2 for the first time since 2008.

“It was a bittersweet moment,” Gates said. “Obviously, we scored and we were able to move forward in the game, but you still want to get a win for the whole accomplishment. But at the end of the day, my teammates embraced me.”

Since the NFL went to 12 playoff teams in 1990, only 12 percent of teams to start the season 0-2 have gone on to make the playoffs. However, the last time the Chargers started 0-2, in 2008, they finished 8-8 and snuck in as an AFC wild-card team.

Even though it came in a loss, Gates plans to place the ball from the touchdown catch in his trophy case.

“I’m going to keep that ball, that’s for sure, and put it with the rest of the collection that I have,” Gates said. “And fortunately, when my kids get older, they can be able to say this is their dad, and this was what he was able to accomplish when he played the game of football.”

Here are the snap counts for the Chargers’ Week 2 loss against the Dolphins:

OFFENSE (based on 58 snaps)

Quarterback — Rivers 58, Kellen Clemens 0.

Running back — Melvin Gordon 48, Derek Watt 8, Branden Oliver 7.

Wide receiver — Tyrell Williams 52, Keenan Allen 49, Travis Benjamin 39, Dontrelle Inman 13.

Tight end — Hunter Henry 33, Gates 32, Sean McGrath 5

Offensive line — Russell Okung 58, Matt Slauson 58, Spencer Pulley 58, Kenny Wiggins 58, Joe Barksdale 41, Chris Hairston 21.
Offensive analysis — Chargers place-kicker Younghoe Koo’s struggles at the end of games continue a trend for the Chargers. Per ESPN Stats & Information, the Chargers have missed four straight potential game-tying or go-ahead field goals in the fourth quarter dating back to last year. Josh Lambo missed two in Week 16 against the winless Browns. Prior to this stretch, the Chargers had made 16 consecutive game-tying or go-ahead FGs in the fourth quarter or overtime. The team’s last miss before this stretch was Nov 27, 2011, a 48-yard field goal missed by Nick Novak with 12:36 left in regulation. … The Chargers finished 2-of-8 on third down against the Dolphins and are 25 percent on third down for the season, third-worst in the NFL. … After not being targeted in Week 1, tight end Hunter Henry was targeted seven times against the Dolphins, finishing with seven catches for 80 yards.

DEFENSE (based on 68 snaps)

Defensive line — Joey Bosa 51, Melvin Ingram 50, Darius Philon 36, Brandon Mebane 35, Corey Liuget 32, Tenny Palepoi 25, Damion Square 23, Chris McCain 18.

Linebacker — Jatavis Brown 68, Hayes Pullard 42, Kyle Emanuel 12, Korey Toomer 12, Nigel Harris 11.

Secondary — Trevor Williams 68, Tre Boston 68, Casey Hayward 68, Jahleel Addae 66, Desmond King 56, Adrian Phillips 6.

Defensive analysis — LB Jatavis Brown led the Chargers in tackles for a second straight game with 12. Brown leads the NFL with 26 tackles. … While Brown has played well, the Chargers’ tackling issues overall continue. Miami running back Jay Ajayi finished with 122 rushing yards, including 55 yards after initial contact, according to ESPN Stats & Information. … Miami WR Jarvis Landry’s 13 receptions on 15 targets tied his career high and is tied for second-most in Dolphins’ history.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s defensive players were on show in Week 2 of the NFL season. Eric Weddle and Bobby Wagner both make highlight reel interceptions in wins for their teams. Alex Smith continues to impress in his win against the Eagles, only missing seven passes for the game. Garett Bolles goes down with an injury and is carted off the field to a standing ovation. His X-rays come back negative for an Achilles tear.

Eric Weddle (Utah):
Weddle is in his 11th season in the NFL and still showing he has a lot left in his tank. Weddle was let go by the Chargers two years ago, when they felt he was on the decline of his career. The Baltimore Ravens were happy to pick up the four-time pro bowl and two-time All-Pro safety to help their already daunting defense.

Sunday’s game against Cleveland showed that Weddle hasn’t yet started to decline. Weddle had a total four tackles for the game against the Browns and one athletic, diving interception. The interception came with 30 seconds left in the first quarter, with Cleveland driving to tie the game at seven. The Browns were on the Ravens 26-yard line when the Browns ran a screen pass that got tipped in the air by the receiver. Weddle was able to locate the ball in the air and dive, one-handed, for the interception.
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Bobby Wagner (Utah State):
On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks showed they are still one of the premier defenses in the NFL. Bobby Wagner, former Aggie, leads the ball-hawking Seahawks defense as one of the two defensive team captains. Wagner showed he is one of the premier linebackers in the league against San Francisco.

Wagner finished the game with seven total tackles in the win against the 49ers. He also had two pass deflections for the game.

Wagner showed how fundamentally sound he is with an interception that every youth football player should watch over and over.

His interception came in the first quarter when 49er quarterback Brian Hoyer stepped back for a shot pass to Carlos Hyde. Wagner read the play perfectly: Hoyer tried to look off the receiver, but Wagner wasn’t fooled. He kept his eye on the quarterback and anticipated the throw. Hoyer threw the ball right to the perfectly positioned Seahawks linebacker.

Alex Smith (Utah):
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith thew 28 passes in Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles and only missed seven passes. That is a completion percentage of 75 and brings his average for the first two games to 77.8 percent.

Smith had a total of 251 yards passing, 21 yards rushing and one touchdown pass. Smith finished the game with a quarterback rating of 113.8, which keeps his average for the season better than his career rating of 86.

The Chiefs next play the Los Angeles Chargers on the 27th, who have given up an average of 254 yards passing this season.

Garett Bolles (Utah):
Bolles of the Denver Broncos may have had his rookie season come to an end on Sunday, when he was taken off the field on a cart during his team’s win against Dallas. The game was delayed, which may have led to the injury to Bolles, due to weather.

Bolles’ injury came during the second half after the game resumed. Bolles left the game with a lower leg injury. The initial report said he may have injured his Achilles tendon, but X-rays were inconclusive. An MRI is scheduled for Bolles on Monday.

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The Chargers cornerback saw where Trevor Siemian was going with the football. As the Denver quarterback wound up to throw to C.J. Anderson on the sideline, Hayward broke on the ball with the instincts that helped him lead the NFL with seven interceptions a year ago.

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But in what turned out to be the first big miscue on a night with a handful of them, Hayward had the ball — and an almost sure touchdown — slip right out of his hands.

It was the start the Chargers needed, a proclamation they were ready to be players in Los Angeles, ready to challenge in the AFC West. Instead, it was the same almost-good-enough stuff that defined their final season in San Diego.

Whether it was nerves, too much excitement or more worrisome causes, the Chargers’ opening act as an L.A. team was a near-dud, redeemed only by a fourth-quarter comeback that came up just short. Rookie kicker Younghoe Koo’s 44-yard field-goal try was deflected by Denver defensive end Shelby Harris, allowing the Broncos to hang on for a 24-21 win.

“I don’t know how it got blocked,” Koo said. “It felt good off the foot.”

Koo made what the Chargers thought was a game-tying kick, but it was waved off after the officials ruled Denver had called timeout.

“It stung a little bit,” first-year Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said of the finish.

The Chargers’ chance to force overtime or pull out a win came after they forced a pair of turnovers that led to two fourth-quarter touchdowns. But like Hayward, the Chargers were close — but not good enough.

“He makes those plays all the time. He just didn’t in the game,” Lynn said of Hayward. “You only get so many opportunities like that in a ballgame and when it comes your way, you have to take advantage of it.”

Hayward’s mistake — not the only one he or the team would make — seemed to allow Siemian to regroup early, with the former seventh-round pick making the Chargers pay in different ways.

Denver coach Vance Joseph had said he was worried Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers would “cut up” the Denver defense. For the first three quarters Monday night, Siemian was the only one with scissors.

If Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa pressured into the backfield, Siemian either slid away for a gain or took the hit and bounced back up. He connected with Benny Fowler III for a pair of touchdowns — one coming after Hayward’s botched interception. And in the open field, Siemian eluded Bosa for a rushing score of his own.

Siemian controlled the game and his team better than the Chargers’ star did.

Rivers, starting on the 11-year anniversary of his first start in the NFL, never looked comfortable with Denver’s defensive alignments, milking the play clock to its final seconds as he frantically pointed to his helmet to alter the Chargers’ play.

With the stadium rattling thanks to the roar of nearly 75,000 people, Rivers and the Chargers trudged through a fairly conservative game plan that included no passing plays of 15 yards until late in the game. With Denver’s top-notch secondary controlling Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams, the Chargers couldn’t find Antonio Gates or Hunter Henry, with the tight end tandem getting only a single target in the game’s first three quarters.

Melvin Gordon, who looked like he was on his way to a big game after 41 yards rushing in the first quarter and an 11-yard touchdown catch in the second, gained just seven yards in his next seven carries.

A year ago, the Chargers would’ve collapsed late in the game, but in their 2017 opener, they were the better team in the final quarter.

The comeback got its boost from Adrian Phillips’ interception early in the fourth quarter. Phillips grabbed a deflected ball after rookie cornerback Desmond King smothered Fowler with very physical coverage.

Rivers looked as comfortable as he did all night on the following drive, finally connecting with Gates before finding Allen for a five-yard touchdown.

The Chargers got the ball right back when linebacker Korey Toomer forced a Jamaal Charles fumble. On the next play, Rivers hit Travis Benjamin for a 38-yard score to bring the Chargers to within a field goal.

“In the (defensive) huddle we were saying all we need is momentum and we got it,” Bosa said. “Kind of bothers me, because I feel we should have been playing like that the entire game.”

After Siemian hit tight end Vernon Davis to get deep into Chargers territory, Bosa and Ingram got Siemian for a sack, then Ingram got him again. That pushed Denver kicker Brandon McManus back and he missed a 50-yard field-goal attempt wide right.

An empty Chargers possession forced them to punt, but the defense held once again, forcing a three and out to set up one last chance — with the win again bouncing off some hands.

Notable

The Chargers seven inactives were receiver Mike Williams, tackle Sam Tevi, receiver Dontrelle Inman, defensive end Jerry Attaochu, quarterback Cardale Jones, tight end Sean McGrath and safety Dexter McCoil. …Rivers, Gates, Bosa, Ingram and long snapper Mike Windt were the Week 1 captains. …Safety Rayshawn Jenkins left the game in the second half.

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Hall-of-Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson is loving what he’s seeing so far from the 2017 Los Angeles Chargers, take a look.

The Los Angeles Chargers definitely haven’t looked like a playoff football team so far this preseason, but who has? These four weeks in August are more for crafting team’s 53-man rosters than trying to win football games. That being said, it could do the Chargers some good to beat someone before the regular season starts.

I guess it’s a good thing that they have the Los Angeles Rams on the schedule for this weekend.
All kidding aside, there is someone who believes in this 2017 Chargers football team and you might know his name quite well — LaDainian Tomlinson. Take a look at the Hall-of-Famer’s comment in Ricky Henne’s article on the Chargers’ official website:

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“Our first team offense and defense is as good as there is in the league,” he said. “They are going to be able to play with anybody and everybody, and always have a chance to win. For me, I think the balance they create on offense is big. They can run it and throw it. If they have that balance, and I think they will, I’m telling you, it’s going to be a fun year.”
Think what you will, but I do believe that Tomlinson is pretty close with this statement about Los Angeles heading into 2017. No, they haven’t been great lately, but they so possess one of the most talented starting offenses and defenses in the NFL. Not to mention, there aren’t too many teams that have a great offense and a solid defense this year.

Who knows, if Los Angeles can stay healthy this year, they might actually have a chance of making the AFC Playoffs.

While winning the AFC West will be very difficult, I do believe the Chargers are better than most of the potential non-divisional winners this season.