St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather

printer version

Chargers' Christie clutch again

©Associated Press
November 18, 2002

SAN DIEGO -- It turns out the Chargers have heart after all.

A week after LaDainian Tomlinson questioned his team's desire following a late collapse in St. Louis, the Chargers rallied Sunday to beat the 49ers 20-17 in overtime.

Drew Brees got the Chargers into position and Steve Christie ended it with a 40-yard field goal 10:49 into overtime.

Christie got his chance because San Francisco's Jose Cortez was wide right on a 41-yard attempt. It was Cortez's fourth miss in three weeks, including two in regulation at Oakland on Nov. 3 before he won that game in overtime with a 23-yarder.

"If there was any question about their heart, I think that was dispelled," coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "This team has great heart. Just look at the games we've been in and how we've managed to hang on and win. And, yeah, we lost one last week, but you know what? Those other guys get paid, too."

Tomlinson changed his tone 180 degrees.

"The 49ers are a good team. We kept battling and we kept battling," he said. "That shows you what kind of heart this team has, to win a game like this."

The Chargers, who trailed 17-7 going into the fourth quarter, rallied to snap a two-game losing streak and kept pace with Denver for the AFC's best record.

San Francisco lost a chance to pull into a tie with Tampa Bay and Green Bay for the league's best record.

"We're usually better at the end of a game than we were today," 49ers coach Steve Mariucci said. Cortez "has done some good things for us this season, but he's also missed a few."

Brees was impressive in driving the Chargers to the tying score, a 1-yard pass to fullback Fred McCrary with 31 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 17 and force overtime.

In overtime, Brees threw passes of 19 yards to Tim Dwight and 18 to Eric Parker, a rookie who made his first catch.

Christie then hit his eighth OT field goal, second most in history to Jim Breech (nine).

Back to Sports
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Contact the Times | Privacy Policy
Standard of Accuracy | Terms, Conditions & Copyright

From the Times sports desk

  • McNabb out for 6-8 weeks
  • Jags barely avoid sweep
  • Raiders tuck win away over Pats
  • Falcons soar again behind Vick
  • Maddox hurt in loss, improves in hospital
  • Lucas drags Miami out of skid
  • Chargers' Christie clutch again
  • NFL Round-up
  • Bulger leads Rams back from brink

  • Motorsports
  • Ride of his life
  • Pit strategy helps Brack in Mexico GP
  • Martin denied title for another season
  • Busch wins third in five races
  • Local teams covet powerboat titles

  • Colleges
  • Bulls get a little respect in polls
  • Seminoles heading to Sweet 16
  • K-State tops Jackets with 3s
  • Irish dominate a blocked Belmont
  • Tide stalls LSU's run at title
  • Gators shift focus from SEC to Seminoles
  • ACC crown seems a bigger deal than usual

  • NBA
  • Kings cause Magic to drop 2nd straight

  • Golf
  • Warburg Cup stays with U.S.

  • NHL
  • Dallas rallies for victory

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report
  • Miami's Diaz wins by one in Laser race

  • Etc.
  • Sports briefs

  • Bucs
  • The Best
  • Bucs game balls
  • Secondary receivers step up
  • Gramatica kicks sand at Sauerbrun
  • No repeat performance for Bucs OL
  • Bucs/Panthers Quotebooks
  • D plays up to its image
  • Sound bites
  • John Romano: Gimme Five
  • Gary Shelton: Everything goes just right for Bucs

  • Lightning
  • Rare scorers lift Lightning
  • Kubina's exile to press box ends

  • From the wire

    From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts