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Rivers, in fact, was about to be dragged down by Dumervil when he threw a two-handed chest pass to LaDainian Tomlinson for a 21-yard gain on San Diego's second drive.
It was one of four passes by Rivers for at least 13 yards on the drive, which started at the San Diego 6-yard line.
The drive stalled, though, leading to some sideline drama involving Tomlinson.
Tomlinson wasn't on the field on third-and-goal from the 2, when Sproles was stuffed for no gain. Coach Norv Turner had a chagrined look on his face as the Chargers had to settle for Kaeding's 20-yard field goal.
Tomlinson walked down the sideline toward the bench and flipped his helmet. When he and Turner spoke a few minutes later, L.T. didn't appear to be looking at the coach.
Rivers threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson with 6 seconds left in the first quarter for a 10-7 lead.
The teams wore throwback uniforms, which meant a return of Denver's striped socks. The road combo of white and brown looked like something out of Monty Python.
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