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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Down early, Chargers believe big

SAN DIEGO -- A few takeaways from the San Diego Chargers' locker room after the team's 38-35 win over the San Francisco 49ers: A confidence builder: To a man, San Diego players said even though they were down 28-7, the Chargers believed they could get back into the game against the 49ers. "It was just, 'Let's play ball'" Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers said, when asked what players talked about at halftime. "They put up 28 points in the first half, and we were saying why can't we put up 28 points in the second half.

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BGSU edges S. Alabama on late 78-yard TD

Roger Lewis caught a 78-yard touchdown pass from James Knapke with 1:04 remaining to lift Bowling Green to a 33-28 victory over South Alabama on Saturday night in the inaugural Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.

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Stunned 49ers' locker room silent as a wake

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the San Francisco 49ers’ 38-35 overtime loss to the San Diego Chargers at Levi’s Stadium: It was silent as a wake in the 49ers’ locker room, players milling about and mumbling to no one in particular after inexplicably blowing a 28-7 halftime lead. The sense of finality to a lost season was evident at the locker of linebacker Dan Skuta, who took pictures with a young boy while holding his jersey and helmet aloft.

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NFL Nation Week 16 game balls: DeSean Jackson's big night leads upset of Eagles

Game balls awarded by NFL Nation reporters:

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AFC playoff picture: Chargers turn up the pressure on wild-card foes

Yes, the Chargers surrendered 355 yards rushing to the 49ers on Saturday night. And yes, the Chargers have a few too many injuries for comfort. Nevertheless, the Chargers’ 38-35 overtime victory at San Francisco keeps them in the thick of the wild-card race. At the moment, they are the No. 7 seed in the AFC,…

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Rapid Reaction: San Francisco 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – A few thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers’ 38-35 overtime loss to the San Diego Chargers at Levi’s Stadium Saturday night: What it means: Looking for a microcosm of the 49ers’ season? Look no further than the Niners blowing leads of 21-0 and 28-7 at halftime to fall in overtime. Because with 15 weeks of drama, pressure and sky-high expectations gone, along with their playoff chances, the 49ers started off loose and dominated the Chargers early, but Philip Rivers forced overtime with an 11-yard TD pass to Malcom Floyd with 29 seconds remaining in regulation after converting a pair of fourth-and-longs in the 80-yard drive.

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Rapid Reaction: San Diego Chargers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A few thoughts on the San Diego Chargers' 38-35, come-from-behind, overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers. What it means: At 9-6, the Chargers need a win in the team’s final regular season contest against the Kansas City Chiefs, along with one loss in the final two games by the Baltimore Ravens and the Chiefs to reach the postseason for a second straight year. Impressive comeback: Down 28-7 at halftime, the Chargers outscored San Francisco 28-7 in the second half to force overtime, with Philip Rivers finding Malcom Floyd on an 11-yard in route with 29 seconds left to tie the game.

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Chargers’ miraculous comeback keeps playoff hopes alive

The Chargers are still in it. After a wild, back-and-forth game that saw the 49ers take a 21-0 lead only to have the Chargers storm back, force overtime and ultimately win 38-35, the Chargers are 9-6 and still right in the thick of the AFC playoff race. Although a loss to the 49ers tonight wouldn’t…

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Chargers, 49ers head to overtime

It’s not over yet in San Francisco. Phil Dawson’s potentially game-winning 60-yard field goal missed at the end of the fourth quarter, and as a result the Chargers and 49ers are heading to overtime. It’s been a wild, back-and-forth game in which the 49ers jumped out to a 21-0 lead only to have the Chargers…

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

RG III plays better, but debate over future will continue

LANDOVER, Md. -- The meter shifts every time he takes the field, with every game a proclamation on his career. Sometimes it’s based on every throw. Robert Griffin III makes a pass from the pocket -- see, he’s worth developing. Griffin misses a target -- see, he’ll never get it. It’s his football life right now and until he proves over a period of time he’s one way or the other, it will continue. And that’s the life the Washington Redskins have now, too.

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Missed opportunities haunt Eagles

LANDOVER, Md. -- After a discouraging loss like the Philadelphia Eagles experienced on Saturday, there are plenty of missed opportunities to linger over. Two especially hurt. On the opening kickoff of the second half, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins tore the ball from the arms of Washington return man Andre Roberts. Nolan Carroll saw the ball come out and made a beeline for it. Carroll dove on the ball before it could bounce out of bounds, and the Eagles had the ball on the Washington 16.

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Mirage gone, Chip Kelly needs to find his QB

LANDOVER, Md. – The mirage lingered there, just out of reach. Mark Sanchez was zipping the ball this way and that and led the Eagles to one, two, three scoring drives. After falling behind to the 3-11 team from Washington on Saturday, the Eagles tied the game and were making a fourth drive. They were on the edge of field-goal range when the mirage evaporated. Sanchez’s second turnover of the game, an interception to Washington rookie Bashaud Breeland, ended the Eagles’ chance of completing the comeback.

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Davern helps Air Force to Potato Bowl win

Shayne Davern ran for a career-high 101 yards and two touchdowns and Air Force beat Western Michigan 38-24 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on a soggy Saturday night.

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49ers running wild over Chargers

Every year in the NFL, there’s a late-season game in which a team with nothing to play for beats a team with everything to play for. Today it’s happening twice in one day. Washington has already beaten Philadelphia, and now San Francisco is dominating San Diego. The 49ers, who are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention,…

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Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis finally made switch at cornerback

LANDOVER, MD. -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Eagles' 27-24 loss to Washington: Change is slow. Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis finally flipped the switch on his left cornerback position. Davis was hoping Bradley Fletcher could play his way out of the slump he'd been. Fletcher was back in the lineup despite giving up three touchdowns to Dez Bryant last week. But after former Eagle DeSean Jackson beat him for a second 50-yard-plus reception, Davis sent Nolan Carroll out to play Fletcher's spot.

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Trent Williams glad he returned, pain and all

LANDOVER, Md. -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Redskins' 27-24 win over Philadelphia: Big-time pick: Rookie corner Bashaud Breeland continues to impress. He was a popular stop in the locker room for the media, many of whom waited around as he got dressed just because he was a must to interview. Before others arrived, Breeland said of his interception with under two minutes remaining, “I knew it would come out quick. I tried to jam [Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin].

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Chargers suffer yet another injury at center

No team has been more devastated by injuries at one position this season than the Chargers at center. Chris Watt, who got the start tonight against the 49ers, was San Diego’s fourth different starting center this year. And in the first quarter, he suffered an apparent left ankle injury and limped off the field. He…

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