Last Updated on November 24, 2002 by Paulette Brown-Hinds

Chargers 20
Forty Niners 17

By Keri Nelson
BVN Staff

Call it “small ball,” call it “Marty-ball” or whatever funny adjectives haters happen to conjure up.

But in the end don’t forget to call it “good.” The Chargers are playing good football. The naysayers are disappearing like socks in the dryer. Actually, on Sunday it wasn’t readily obvious why they call it Marty-Ball, since Drew Brees threw the ball 50 times. After allowing the Jets to score 44 points two weeks earlier and then last week letting the Rams off the hook, they were back predicting that the Bolts would fade. On Sunday, before 67,160 Charger faithfuls, the Bolts should have proven once and for all that they are a really good football team worthy of their first place AFC West standing. The Chargers matched everything the Niners did all day, right down to the end of regulation and a score of 17 all. The passing yardage was 326-336. The rushing yardage slightly favored the Chargers, thanks to LaDainian Tomlinson’s 88 yards which put him over the 1,000-yard (1053) mark for the season. The Chargers rallied from a 10 point deficit to force overtime. After failing to move the ball in the first possession of overtime the Chargers refused to panic. When the 49er’s Jose Cortez missed a 41-yard field goal attempt, the Chargers calmly drove the ball 47 yards to setup Steve Christies’s 40-yard game winner. The Chargers travel to Miami next to play the AFC East leading Dolphins.