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September 30, 2013

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DANNY WOODHEAD: The Chargers seem to have found that long-sought replacement for Darren Sproles. Woodhead caught two touchdown passes in a game for the first time in his six-year career. He also had a 26-yarder in the first quarter. "That's part of being a running back in the NFL," Woodhead said. "You have to be able to do everything."

ANTONIO GATES: The star tight end's 56-yard TD catch was his longest reception since Dec. 6, 2009, at Cleveland. He had 10 catches for 136 yards. Gates has 665 career catches and passed Hall of Fame tight end Ozzie Newsome for the fourth-most receptions by a tight end in NFL history. Gates was on the receiving end of Rivers' 200th career touchdown pass, just as he was for Rivers' 100th-career touchdown pass against the Cowboys on Dec. 13, 2009. Said Gates of the 56-yard scoring pass: " The way he threw that ball, he put it in the right place and I was able to make the play," Gates said.

BIG STOP: San Diego's defense came up with a big stop in the final moments. Tony Romo moved the Cowboys to the San Diego 7, where he hit Terrance Williams at the 1. Williams was stretching for the end zone when he was hit by Crezdon Butler and fumbled. San Diego's Richard Marshall recovered for a touchback. A week earlier, Butler was burned on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jake Locker to Justin Hunter with 15 seconds to play to give Tennessee a 20-17 victory. Butler was in against the Cowboys because Derek Cox left with a knee injury. "I saw that the ball was a little loose. We learn as a kid you can put a hit on the ball and it comes out," Butler said. "I had no idea he lost it. Then I rolled over and I saw Marshall had it."

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