A Dubious Start
There's nothing like an NFL game with five penalties in the first three minutes. It's not like there's already three million stoppages during the course of a 60-minute game to whet your appetite.
The Birds' had a beauty of a punt by Dirk Johnson nullified by a too-many-men-on-the-field flag. So instead of starting on their on 2-yard line, the Chargers' first possession began on the 29.
Predictably, obviously, as-they-shouldly, the Chargers went to LaDainian Tomlinson early and the Birds' defense was ready, stifling the NFL's best running back with 3- and 6-yard losses on the ground.