- Aug 21, 2006
That game was a thing of beauty...Monday night's effort was about as dominating as it gets. The defense was playing with emotion for teammate, Steve Foley, who was shot three times by an off duty police officer and is out for the season. The Raiders had only 48 plays and managed 129 total yards. The Chargers recorded nine quarterback sacks and after each sack, Merriman and teammates did Foley's celebration dance....
...It was embarrassing how Merriman sliced through the Raiders' blocking schemes...
...Rivers said after the game it might be his lowest passing total all season, but he didn't mind it. He made three big-time throws in the game. In the second quarter, he threw a laser beam to Keenan McCardell for 18 yards along the sidelines on a third-and-8. On the next play, he avoided a rush and found tight end Antonio Gates for 22 yards in a drive that led to a field goal and a 13-0 lead. He iced the game in the fourth quarter with a nice 38-yard play-action pass down the sidelines to Eric Parker.
But the star of the game was Merriman and the Chargers front seven.