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Antonio Gates has been the savior for the Chargers throughout most of his 11-year career, so a hall pass is almost warranted for the two fumbles (even though one is “officially” an interception, Gates had the ball ripped out of his arms).
There is the notion that the future Hall of Fame tight end was trying to gain the extra yard, and that may be true, but ball security is always job No. 1 for anyone with the football.
He finished with five receptions for 41 yards.
Ladarius Green continued to impress. He was not a liability in the run game and was a threat in the pass game.
A week after catching his first touchdown, Green had another when he was wide open over the middle on a 30-yard pitch-and-catch. He finished with two catches for 45 yards and has nine catches for 206 yards and two touchdowns over the past three games.
John Phillips improved from his horrible performance against the Chiefs to actually provide good run blocking.
The tight ends ended up with seven catches for 86 yards, the only San Diego touchdown and two turnovers.