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Turner: Rivers' TD-Saving Tackle Ill-Advised, But Inevitable

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    San Diego Chargersquarterback Philip Rivers saved a touchdown on Saturday night when he found his way in between Cowboys’ rookie cornerback Barry Church, and the end zone. This is the sort of play for which quarterbacks draw high praise in the regular season or the playoffs, but in the second week of the preseason, it’s generally viewed as ill-advised, even kind of stupid.

    Chargers’ head coach Norv Turner expressed some displeasure over the play in his postgame press conference, but said that, with Rivers’ competitiveness, it came as no surprise, either. And, as great of an asset as this fiery competitiveness is to Rivers’ game--and the Chargers’ chances--he couldn’t rightly fault him for it.

    “I just knew he was going to do it,” Turner said, in the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I prefer him to not do it in that situation. That being said, that’s the wrong way to think. He’s a football player. He’s out there playing. Go after it and do what he did.”

    It comes as no surprise then, that Rivers expressed no regret over the play, which put Dallas at the San Diego eight--even though the Cowboys scored two plays later, on a fade from Tony Romo to Miles Austin.

    “I don’t know how you can let a guy score,” Rivers said. “They’re keeping score. Maybe the consequences aren’t as big in preseason as far as wins and losses, but it’s kind of hard just to pass a guy up there.”

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