Flashback to the Chargers’ 2006 season: Part 2

By John Wozniak
CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 12: Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers runs with the ball during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on November 12, 2006 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Chargers defeated the Bengals 49-41. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 12: Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers runs with the ball during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on November 12, 2006 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Chargers defeated the Bengals 49-41. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI – NOVEMBER 12: Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers runs with the ball during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on November 12, 2006 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Chargers defeated the Bengals 49-41. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI – NOVEMBER 12: Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers runs with the ball during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on November 12, 2006 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Chargers defeated the Bengals 49-41. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

The 90-point shootout

Week 10 brought about a matchup with Marvin Lewis‘ Cincinnati Bengals, who were looking to stop a three-game skid.

Wideout Chad Johnson had a huge game. He torched the Chargers’ secondary with 11 receptions for an outrageous 260 yards and two touchdowns. The Bengals flew out of the traps and led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Chargers looked more like a 2-7 team and seemed exposed without the feisty Merriman. At halftime, the Bengals led by a score of 28-7.

A comeback to remember

In the second half, it was the Chargers who came out of the locker room all guns blazing. Rivers threw for three passing touchdowns as San Diego scored 21 points in the third and fourth quarter, respectively.

Carson Palmer finished with a QBR of 131.1 – he was 31-of-42 for 440 yards and three touchdowns. Cincinnati’s offense posted 545 net yards. Those kind of numbers often win games, but the result was indicative as to how capable the Chargers were.

Tomlinson had his fourth 100-yard game of the season. Brandon Manumaleuna scored the decisive play after a short shovel pass from Rivers. The Bengals could only muster 13 second-half points and fell to their fifth defeat of the season by a score of 49-41. Next stop – Denver.

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