Friday, October 21, 2005


Every time LaDainian Tomlinson manages to slices through a crease, dashes up the sideline or swings out of the backfield to catch a pass, it becomes a factor for every team to feel jealous to see how talented and diversely productive the San Diego Chargers running back really is. Recently running back LaDainian Tomlinson set an NFL record by scoring a touchdown in his 18th consecutive game to become the seventh player to run, catch and throw for a TD in the same game. Tomlinson fetched this victory against the Oakland Raiders. Tomlinson, who was not covered by any defenders, caught the ball around the 20 and trotted into the end zone. He kept the ball as a souvenir while he was at the sideline and surpassed the record set by Baltimore's Lenny Moore from 1963-65. Tomlinson added a rushing TD in the first quarter, which completed his NFL record for consecutive games with a running touchdown to 18. In the second quarter he took a handoff from Brees, and threw to Justin Peelle for a 4-yard score and his second TD pass of the season. With this achievement he joined David Patten (2001), Walter Payton-1979, John Henry Johnson (Pittsburgh-1960), Keith Lincoln (San Diego-1965), Dan Reeves (Dallas-1967), and Harmon Wages (Atlanta-1969) as the only players to pull off that trifecta.

This achievement has also made LaDainian Tomlinson unquestionably the NFL's best running back who has established himself as the league's pre-eminent triple threat.


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