Titans Tumble on Christmas as Chargers Roll to 42-17 Win

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Christmas 2009 will be one the Titans wish to forget, as on Friday night at home any hopes of the playoffs were thrown right out the window in a 42-17 loss to the San Diego Chargers. It was a long night on both sides of the ball, as Vince Young played his worst game of the year, and the defense could not stop Philip Rivers or the Chargers run game all night.

The win for San Diego is their 10th straight, and not only are they the AFC West champs once again, but now they have clinched the all important first round bye in the AFC playoffs. It means that along with the Colts, we could be heading towards a Chargers-Colts AFC Championship game in late January.

Rivers helped San Diego put the game away by halftime, as he threw two touchdowns passes, and running back LaDainian Tomlinson ran for two scores. After going down 3-0 with 8:12 left in the first quarter, the Chargers went on to score 21 points before the Titans put up a late TD before halftime to go up 21-10 at the half.

They beat on Young and held the Titans to 270 yards of offense and 2-for-8 on third downs. In the second half, they scored three more touchdowns to make it a route and send the Titans faithful home early. They also dominated in the time of possession department, holding the ball for 39:07 to 20:53.

Young was held to just 8-for-21 passing for 89 yards with two picks and a QB rating of 11.9. As good as he was through the teams winning streak, he was just as bad Friday night as the Chargers were out for blood in raising their record to 12-3 on the season.

The 10th straight win ties the 1970-74 Miami Dolphins for most consecutive wins in a month with their 18th in December dating to 2006. The Dolphins won 18 in a row in November.

For the Titans, they fall to 7-8 on the season, and while they made great strides going from 0-6 to 6-6, they have lost two of their last three which ends any chance at making the playoffs as a wild card. Chris Johnson’s march to 2,000 yards says alive as he ran for 142 yards a touchdown.

The Titans will wrap up the regular season next week in Seattle vs the slumping Seahawks.

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