Breaking down Manti Te'o's growth spurt - Tom Krasovic (UT$)
If his 51-game career at Notre Dame is to tell us what's coming -- he improved from year to year, making all seven career interceptions, for example, as a senior -- there's a bonus to Te'o staying on the field. The more the 23-year-old played, the more he learns and the faster he'll play.
Chargers greatly frustrating, exhilarating - Kevin Acee (UT$)
"Great teams have great efforts when the game is on the line," Chargers safety Eric Weddle said. "How else do you explain being down 28-7 and 35-21 and to find a way to win?"
QB Philip Rivers has bulging disk - Michael Gehlken (UT$)
"It may not be as simple as tolerating the pain. He may actually be causing real damage to important nerve roots that are providing motor power to his legs. In that case, surgery may be required to remove the disk fragment."
It’s Win and In as Bolts Control Playoff Fate - Ricky Henne
Bolts fans didn’t have much time to recover from the biggest rally in team history as they held their breath rooting for the Houston Texans to stage an upset of the Baltimore Ravens. That is exactly what happened as San Diego now sits in the sixth seed in the Wild Card race. If the Chargers beat the Kansas City Chiefs next week they secure a wild card berth, perhaps even the fifth spot depending on the outcome of other games.
Dontrelle Inman Among Others Step Up in Big Way - Ricky Henne
"He played awesome," Rivers said. "And that’s the thing, you have a guy that’s been inactive probably most of the year – he was up a few times, I think, and he was in a few games. But to be called on like he was tonight in the second half of a game and play the way he did, I mean, fourth-down catch, some other big-time catches on in-cuts, made a diving third-down catch on a little stick route. He was awesome."