Chargers Pass First Playoff Test

LT, Norv, and Co. give SD first postseason win in 13 years
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2008 10:08 PM CST
Chargers Pass First Playoff Test
San Diego Chargers' LaDainian Tomlinson celebrates after scoring on a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of their AFC wild-card game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008 in San Diego. The Chargers won 17-6. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)   (Associated Press)

One of the NFLs most talented clubs notched its first postseason win in 13 years today as San Diego overcame a 6-0 halftime deficit to knock out Tennessee, 17-6. The visiting Titans succeeded in frustrating star running back LaDainian Tomlinson but allowed quarterback Philip Rivers to pass for 292 yards and one touchdown.

It was a vindication of sorts for oft-criticized coach Norv Turner, in his first year with the Chargers after Marty Schottenheimer was fired for his postseason ineptitude. Said Tomlinson of Turner's predicament: "It was either, get us back to the playoffs and win a game in the playoffs, or you're a failure." (Read more NFL stories.)

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