'Tis better to receive
After spending most of the season as an afterthought, receivers
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"Chambers is a much better player than I thought," receiver coach
San Diego started taking advantage of Chambers' skills toward the end of the season by incorporating more vertical routes into their game plan. Chambers responded by hauling in 15 passes for 279 yards (18.5 ypc), with two touchdowns during the last month of the season. The Chargers averaged more than 30 points during that span and entered the playoffs confident they had an effective counter to the eight-man fronts they would face in the playoffs.
Turner depended on Chambers to help loosen up the Titans' eight-man looks all afternoon on Sunday. Chambers finished with six receptions for 121 yards, helping the Chargers (68 total rushing yards) overcome a less-than-dominant ground performance.
Jackson, who entered the contest averaging only 38 receiving yards per game, produced his first 100-yard game of the season (five receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown). Without Gates on the field and with the Titans in man coverage, the Chargers threw more deep crossing routes and comebacks to Jackson. Turner showed a lot of faith in the third-year receiver, saying he was playing "at a real, real high level."
The duo, who became only the third Chargers tandem to each surpass 100 receiving yards in a playoff game, will continue to be important factors in the passing game with Gates nursing a sprained toe and questionable next week against the Colts.
"It will be different challenge for us next week," Chambers said of the Colts. "When Gates went down in the middle of the game, it was too late for the Titans to revamp their game plan. But the Colts will have a week to prepare for us, so we have to be ready to step up."
At the very least, Chambers and Jackson have given the Colts' coaching staff something to think about. And just maybe that would help
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