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NFL Pro Line Women’s Los Angeles Chargers Antonio Gates Team Color Jersey

NFL Pro Line Women’s Los Angeles Chargers Antonio Gates Team Color Jersey

It was a classic Antonio Gates touchdown catch Sunday, like so many of the 111 that preceded it.

The tight end found a seam between a safety and a cornerback in the third quarter of the Chargers’ 19-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins, used his cargo-plane-wide body to fend off defender Bobby McCain in the end zone and leaped to snag Philip Rivers’ seven-yard toss to give the Chargers a 17-10 lead.

The long wait that stretched from the offseason into the second week of the regular season was over. The 112th touchdown catch of a 15-year career moved Gates ahead of Tony Gonzalez into first place on the NFL’s list of receiving touchdowns for tight ends.

“I think Philip had his mind made up that he was coming to me,” said Gates, the 6-foot-4, 260-pounder who plays football much the way he played power forward for the Kent State basketball team from 2001 to 2003. “There was a lot of trust. We work on that play every day. It shows you that practice makes perfect.

“Philip told me before the snap to make sure you get your width. [Receiver] Keenan [Allen] was wide open. [Rivers] put one in there, and I was able to make the catch.”

A dog pile ensued in the back of the end zone in StubHub Center, as teammates mobbed Gates after the catch. Defensive end Melvin Ingram, who said “it’s a blessing just to play with a living legend,” raced from the sideline to the end zone to hug Gates and whack him upside the helmet a few times.

“Melvin is crazy,” Gates, 37, said. “I was like, ‘What are you doing out here? You’re gonna get a flag, because you’re on defense.’ ”

The party would not stretch into the afternoon. After the Gates touchdown, which came at the 8-minute 18-second mark of the third quarter, the Chargers did not score again.

“It was kind of a bittersweet, because we scored and moved forward in the game, but you still want to get a win when you get that kind of accomplishment,” Gates said. “I still haven’t quite wrapped my head around it all because it happened so fast. I’m quite sure I’ll enjoy it and move forward.”

Gates said his phone was filled with text messages and voicemails from friends and family members congratulating him. One of the first to praise him publicly was Gonzalez, who taped a message that aired on the Fox NFL show and stadium video boards.

“I couldn’t be happier,” said Gonzalez, who played the first 12 of his 17 seasons from 1997 to 2013 with the AFC West Kansas City Chiefs. “If someone was gonna break my record, I’m glad it’s you. Playing in the same division, going at each other twice a year, I’d like to think that pushed us both to be better.”

Gates concurred.

“It’s like steel sharpening steel,” Gates said. “Tony always brought the best out of me, and I always tried to do the same for him. He set the standard for the tight end position, and fortunately, I was able to surpass that today.”

The Rivers-to-Gates connection marked the 85th time the Chargers quarterback has found Gates in the end zone.

“Too bad it didn’t happen in a win, but it was awesome,” Rivers said. “It’s a lot of touchdowns, a lot of years, a lot of tight ends who have played in his league. It’s a special accomplishment. I’m thankful I could be part of a lot of them.”

The first 111 of those touchdowns came with the San Diego Chargers. Did it sadden Gates that his record-breaker came as a Los Angeles Charger?

“I’ve got to be careful answering that question,” Gates said, a nod to the many San Diego fans who are bitter about the team’s move. “When you put so much time and skin in the game with the city of San Diego, you feel an emotional attachment to them.

“At the end of the day, the accomplishment is still a big part of myself and my teammates, the guys who share the sacrifices, the blood, sweat and tears that people don’t see. I’m able to do it with the guys I practice with, prepare with, who I make those sacrifices with.”

Gates hopes the reaction of his teammates to the record will help the Chargers overcome the sting of two last-second losses to open the season.

“It shows the love, the camaraderie that we’ve built over time,” Gates said. “When you have those guys who care about one another the way we do, good things will eventually start happening for us. We’ve just gotten off to a slow start. Hopefully, we can turn it around.”

Men’s Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott Nike Navy Game Jersey

Men’s Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott Nike Navy Game Jersey

Dak Prescott is not the biggest story in Dallas entering this season, a strange phenomenon for a Cowboys quarterback to grow accustomed to.

Even as Prescott authored what was unquestionably the greatest statistical season by a rookie quarterback in NFL history, his injured backup stayed in the spotlight. When Prescott narrowly won Offensive Rookie of the Year over teammate Ezekiel Elliott, the universal response was surprise. Prescott is that rare star player overshadowed by his own offensive line. Try to find a superlative statement about Dak without a qualifier explaining the support around him. When I mention Prescott’s limitless ceiling on sports talk radio, some variation of the same joke comes back: “Yeah, but I think you or I could complete a few passes behind that line.”

This season, Prescott can end that disrespectful wholesale nfl authentic jerseys nonsense for good. The Cowboys will ask him to do more, and he’s shown every indication he can handle the extra responsibility. Even a modest second-year leap in his development could elevate him to the ranks of the game’s great players, a development no one, least of all the Cowboys, saw coming at this time last year. (Jerry Jones famously regretted not trading up for Paxton Lynch and also tried to nab Connor Cook.) Prescott is the young quarterback most likely to crack into the Brady-Rodgers hegemony at the position, yet he’s seemingly hiding in plain sight, without top billing even in his own town. He can change that starting Sunday night against the rival Giants.

This is the Quarterback Index. Every week, I’ll rank each signal caller’s play on this season alone. Since there are no games to evaluate yet, this week’s rankings are based on one, simple question: Who would you want as your QB for the 2017 season?

These are your two options for the 2010s All-Decade Team, both coming off perhaps their most brilliant stretches of their respective careers late last season. Everything points to them staying on top again.

Rodgers has stuck around long enough in Green Bay to see multiple cycles of general manager Ted Thompson’s offensive team-building. There were the early attacks constructed around pass catchers Greg Jennings, Donald Driver and Jermichael Finley. Next came Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Eddie Lacy, although they were rarely all healthy at the same time. Now Rodgers is protected by an excellent offensive line, with wideout Davante Adams having emerged and tight end Martellus Bennett added to the mix. This cycle could be tough to keep together for long, but this offense is well set up to peak now.

Brady similarly has more talent around him than in any season since 2007, even after Julian Edelman’s season-ending injury. New England’s deep backfield and multiple-TE sets will provide an endless stream of formation and matchup advantages. It feels wrong to rank Brady anything less than No. 1 after his latest title, but Rodgers’ age (33) and unsurpassed ability to make any throw gives him a slight edge for this forward-looking exercise.