The cold and rainy storm that's been soaking SoCal for days wasn't enough to keep us and 65,000 other fans from watching the Chargers beat the Tennessee Titans 17-6 Sunday afternoon in the first round of the NFL playoffs. (Click on any pic to view it larger.)
It was our first Chargers game ever and my first time in Qualcomm Stadium. The win was the first playoff victory for the Chargers in four tries dating back to 1995.
Our seats were along the 30 yard line in the upper deck, but my little digital camera did a great job capturing the action on the field. Here's a shot of the Charger's star running back LaDainian Tomlinson reaching for a pitch from quarterback Philip Rivers.
Fireworks exploded around the edge of the stadium in the fourth quarter when L.T. sealed the victory with a one-yard touchdown run.
The Chargers now move on to play the defending Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts next weekend on the road, but the team likely be without one of its best players, tight end Antonio Gates (No. 85), who had to be carted off the field after injuring his toe.
The nasty weather didn't stop the Chargers Girls from doing their thing. With LSU's national championship game against Ohio State just around the corner, I was decked out in full Tiger gear, including a purple and gold poncho.
I didn't see anyone else sporting LSU stuff, but a number of people at the game told me they were pulling for the Tigers to win Monday night's battle in New Orleans.
Unfortunately for my peeps back in the Bayou State, this fleur-de-lis banner hanging from the rim of the stadium was as close as the New Orleans Saints got to the playoffs this year.
We took the San DiegoTrolley to the stadium in hopes of avoiding traffic jams.
But after the game, we waited in line in the rain for about 45 minutes to board the light-rail commuter train for the 10-minute ride back to where we parked the car.
Rex was already pissed at the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System for eliminating bus and trolley transfer tickets, and the delay leaving the stadium only added to his fury. Read his rant about MTS here in his blog post about the game.