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NFL: Chargers 38, Titans10
First Published Sep 16 2012 07:33 pm • Last Updated Sep 16 2012 08:16 pm

San Diego » Dante Rosario looks right at home in Qualcomm Stadium’s end zones.

Four years ago, Rosario caught a game-winning touchdown pass as time expired to lift Carolina over the San Diego Chargers.

At a glance

Titans-Chargers Stats

Tennessee 0 3 7 0 — 10

San Diego 14 3 7 14 — 38

First Quarter

SD » Rosario 11 pass from Rivers (Kaeding kick), 8:52.

SD » Rosario 4 pass from Rivers (Kaeding kick), 4:15.

Second Quarter

SD » FG Kaeding 26, 12:15.

Ten » FG Bironas 23, 4:42.

Third Quarter

SD » Rosario 15 pass from Rivers (Kaeding kick), 3:29.

Ten » Wright 15 pass from Locker (Bironas kick), 2:20.

Fourth Quarter

SD » Battle 1 run (Kaeding kick), 10:33.

SD » Battle 1 run (Kaeding kick), 1:13.

Attendance » 60,804.

Ten SD

First downs 9 27

Total Net Yards 212 416

Rushes-yards 10-38 39-148

Passing 174 268

Punt Returns 3-30 1-1

Kickoff Returns 7-177 2-74

Interceptions Ret. 1-11 1-8

Comp-Att-Int 15-30-1 24-32-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 0-0 4-16

Punts 7-51.6 4-49.3

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-0

Penalties-yards 8-59 4-41

Time of Possession 16:21 43:39

Individual Statistics

Rushing » Tennessee, Locker 2-21, C.Johnson 8-17. San Diego, Battle 14-69, Brinkley 18-43, McClain 2-19, Rivers 1-9, Brown 4-8.

Passing » Tennessee, Locker 15-30-1-174. San Diego, Rivers 24-32-1-284.

Receiving » Tennessee, Williams 4-45, Cook 3-23, Wright 2-24, Washington 2-20, C.Johnson 2-11, Stevens 1-46, Britt 1-5. San Diego, Floyd 6-109, Rosario 4-48, Brown 4-26, Brinkley 4-23, McMichael 3-29, Royal 2-18, L.Green 1-31.

Missed Field Goals » None.

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On Sunday, the tight end made the most of Antonio Gates’ absence by catching three TD passes for the first time in his NFL career to help the Chargers beat the Tennessee Titans for the ninth straight time, 38-10.

"He likes catching touchdowns here," said Philip Rivers, who threw scoring passes of 11 and 4 yards to Rosario on the first two possessions by the Chargers (2-0) and then hit the wide-open tight end on a 15-yarder in the third quarter.

"I thought he was phenomenal. He went out and did what was asked of him," said Gates, who was a game-time scratch due to a rib injury sustained in the season-opening win at Oakland on Monday night.

"He just tore it up today. Things happen in mysterious ways, man. It might have been meant for Dante to have this game. I’m very happy for him."

Half of Rosario’s eight career TD catches have been at Qualcomm Stadium.

"This ranks higher because I’m a Charger," Rosario said when asked to compare Sunday’s game with the one in 2008 when his scoring catch beat San Diego.

"I always prepare like it’s going to be a big week but Gates was kind of a last-second decision, so it wasn’t a sure thing that I was going to take the number of reps that I did today."

The Titans (0-2) didn’t double-cover Rosario like teams often do to Gates.


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"When you have a quarterback like Rivers who is very good, he makes guys look good," Titans coach Mike Munchak said. "He puts the ball where it’s supposed to be. Believe me, there was not a letdown when we knew Gates wasn’t playing. We knew they still had some great weapons and we saw that again today."

Rosario praised Rivers.

"All of those passes were in places where the defender couldn’t get it," he said.

Another backup, running back Jackie Battle, had two 1-yard touchdown runs in the fourth quarter. With Ryan Mathews still not back from a broken collarbone, Battle saw extensive duty.

San Diego’s defense had a big day, too, by harassing Jake Locker and stuffing Chris Johnson.

Before the game, the Chargers (2-0) retired Junior Seau’s No. 55. Seau, the hard-hitting, first-pumping leader of the Chargers for 13 seasons, committed suicide May 2.

San Diego’s winning streak against the Titans (0-2) dates to 1993, when the franchise was still the Houston Oilers.

Rivers was 24 of 32 for 284 yards. Malcom Floyd had six catches for 109 yards and Rosario four catches for 48 yards.

It was a rough day all around for the Titans, who were held to 212 yards of total offense.

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