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NFL's 'Air Coryell' Dead at 85
 NFL's 'Air Coryell' Dead at 85 
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NFL's 'Air Coryell' Dead at 85

He was an architect of the modern offense

(Newser) - Don Coryell, one of the founding fathers of the modern passing game, has died. He was 85. The San Diego Chargers confirmed Coryell died yesterday at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in suburban La Mesa.The team did not release the cause of death, but Coryell has been in poor health for...

Jets Stun SD; Vikings Advance
 Jets Stun SD; Vikings Advance 
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Jets Stun SD; Vikings Advance

New York stuns Chargers; Minnesota KOs Cowboys

(Newser) - New York is halfway toward the Super Bowl parade promised by coach Rex Ryan after rookies Mark Sanchez and Shonn Greene led the Jets to a stunning 17-14 upset of the San Diego Chargers in an AFC playoff game tonight in San Diego. In the NFC, Brett Favre threw four...

No Charges for Merriman in Tequila Incident: DA

'Insufficient evidence' against Chargers linebacker accused by reality-TV star

(Newser) - San Diego’s district attorney said today there is “insufficient evidence” to charge NFL star Shawne Merriman in an alleged domestic dispute with reality-TV star Tila Tequila, the Union-Tribune reports. “I’m happy,” said Chargers linebacker Merriman, 25, who was arrested early Sunday at his suburban home....

Tila: I'm Allergic to Booze; Bartender: Truth, More Like

Reality star savages NFL player via Twitter

(Newser) - Reality star Tila Tequila turned to Twitter today to tell her side of Saturday’s run-in with NFL star Shawne Merriman, writing that she’s “allergic” to alcohol and so couldn't have been drunk at the time he allegedly choked her. She also takes a jab at Chargers linebacker...

I Didn't Choke Tila Tequila: Merriman

Chargers linebacker says reality-show star was too drunk to leave safely

(Newser) - Shawne Merriman denies choking Tila Tequila and says he was trying to keep her from leaving his home because she was so drunk he was worried she would hurt herself, the Los Angeles Times reports. The San Diego Chargers linebacker released a statement after being arrested yesterday when the reality-TV ...

Chargers Player Arrested in Tila Tequila Beating

Shawne Merriman accused of choking her

(Newser) - Police arrested San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman today after he allegedly choked his reality-TV star girlfriend, Tila Tequila, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. She signed a complaint charging Merriman with battery and false imprisonment, and said he choked her when she tried to leave their house this morning. Tequila,...

Steelers Unplug Feisty Chargers
 Steelers Unplug 
 Feisty Chargers 
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Steelers Unplug Feisty Chargers

(Newser) - Electrifying early and too late, the San Diego Chargers just didn't have enough juice, the AP reports. They scored on a gorgeous touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Vincent Jackson just four plays and barely two minutes into today's game, but the Chargers couldn't sustain their fast-and-furious start and had...

NFL Playoffs Feature Rematches
 NFL Playoffs Feature Rematches

NFL Playoffs Feature Rematches

Each game this round is a rematch, but don't expect similar results

(Newser) - All four match-ups for next weekend's NFL playoffs are been-there, done-that this season, but the outcomes aren't necessarily givens, USA Today reports:
  • Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco's interceptions helped the Titans as much as Kerry Collin's 80-yard touchdown drive in defeating the Ravens, but Flacco's seen a lot of play since
...

Chargers Beat Colts in OT
 Chargers Beat Colts in OT 
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Chargers Beat Colts in OT

(Newser) - The San Diego Chargers ended the Indianapolis Colts' nine-game win streak in nail-biting fashion tonight with a 23-17 overtime win in their wildcard playoff game. Darren Sproles ran for a 22-yard touchdown after the Chargers won the coin toss and marched downfield in OT. They got there by tying the...

Titans Clinch; Jets Fall Short
 Titans Clinch; Jets Fall Short 
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Titans Clinch; Jets Fall Short

Tennessee upsets the Steelers' shot at top playoff berth

(Newser) - In NFL games today, New York Jets likely blew their playoff chances in a snowy loss to Seattle, while Tennessee clinched home-field advantage, AP reports:
  • Seattle coach Mike Holmgren topped his former star player Brett Favre as the Jets missed several scoring chances and lost their bid to stay atop
...

NFL Tweaks Rules on Instant Replay
NFL Tweaks Rules on
Instant Replay

NFL Tweaks Rules on Instant Replay

One official will look under hood, another will be stenographer

(Newser) - The NFL is modifying its instant-replay policy after yet another botched call in a game, the New York Daily News reports. This much stays the same: Only one official will go under the hood to look at the replay. But another official will tag along with him, stand nearby, and...

NFL Cracks Down on Zebra Abuse

Commish ponders fine for Burress as league shows shorter fuse on public criticism

(Newser) - The NFL has long been sensitive about criticism of its officials, but commissioner Roger Goodell is more often going after the wallets of players for ripping refs, particularly on the field during games, USA Today reports. Chicago’s Brian Urlacher was fined for such an incident last week, and Goodell...

Tube 2, Boobs 0 in Weekend Sports Viewing Snafus

Technical issues keep baseball playoff, NFL game off air long enough to drive fans nuts

(Newser) - Power problems had fans hoping to catch the baseball playoffs and the NFL on TV this weekend howling, the AP reports, with a malfunction at TBS headquarters keeping the first 20 minutes of Tampa Bay’s Game 6 loss to visiting Boston off the airwaves Saturday. Yesterday, balloons snagged a...

Rams Shock No-Romo 'Boys
 Rams Shock No-Romo 'Boys 
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Rams Shock No-Romo 'Boys

(Newser) - The St. Louis Rams shocked a leaderless Dallas Cowboys today, as the Green Bay Packers deflated the Indianapolis Colts and the Oakland Raiders came back to life:
  • Even at an away game, Cowboys fans cheered for injured Tony Romo—but got 40-year-old Brad Johnson, who tossed three interceptions in a
...

Incomplete? Fumble? Controversy Is Only Sure Thing

Replay bites Chargers, though Denver makes most with gutsy late conversion

(Newser) - The controversy surrounding Denver’s 39-38 victory over San Diego yesterday seems likely to linger, USA Today reports, with the call that allowed the Broncos to hang onto the ball overshadowing coach Mike Shanahan’s all-or-nothing 2-point conversion attempt in the final seconds. “It was a fumble. I think...

Chargers' Merriman Done for Season After All

(Newser) - Shawne Merriman of the Chargers says his season is over. The Pro Bowl linebacker, a perennial NFL sack leader, says he will instead have surgery on torn ligaments in his left knee, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Merriman played well in Sunday's loss but didn't appear to be his old...

Winners, Losers in Brady Injury
 Winners, Losers in Brady Injury 

Winners, Losers in Brady Injury

San Diego, AFC East teams rejoice; Belicheck, NFL not so much

(Newser) - Tom Brady’s season-ending injury sent shockwaves through the NFL —and not everyone was celebrating. Don Banks breaks down the winners and losers in Sport Illustrated:
  • Winner: The Chargers —The Patriots always seem to knock San Diego out of the playoffs.
  • Loser: The NFL —The league loses
...

Chiefs' Gonzalez Saves Choking Man's Life

After Heimlich connection, SD fan will root for KC tight end

(Newser) - Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez gained his most devoted fan in the middle of a quiet dinner in an Orange County, Calif., restaurant. When Ken Hunter began to choke at the next table, Gonzalez sprang into action, performing the Heimlich maneuver and saving the man's life, AP reports. "...

Patriots Stay Perfect
Patriots Stay Perfect

Patriots Stay Perfect

21-12 win over Chargers moves them to 18-0 and into the Super Bowl

(Newser) - The '72 Dolphins must be nervous after New England stayed perfect today by defeating an injured Chargers crew, 21-12, and advancing to a fourth Super Bowl in seven years. The Patriots had to work for it, suffering a lackluster effort from Tom Brady, and riding rusher Lawrence Maroney for 122...

Rivers Says He Will Play for Chargers
Rivers Says
He Will Play
for Chargers

Rivers Says He Will Play for Chargers

Team still lists QB as doubtful for AFC title game vs. Patriots

(Newser) - As far as Philip Rivers is concerned, he is the San Diego Chargers quarterback in Sunday's AFC championship game against the New England Patriots, reports the Associated Press. "The way I felt Monday morning, I didn't think I'd feel as good as I do right now," said Rivers....

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