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TE Antonio Gates - San Diego Chargers

6-4, 260Born: 6-18-1980College: Kent StateDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Gates was one of the few things working for Philip Rivers in the loss to the Broncos. With the season on the line at San Francisco, he'll be leaned on heavily. The 49ers just gave up a big game to Mychal Rivera in Week 14, so Gates is set up to do well for his owners.

Week 16: at San Francisco 49ers

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Philip Rivers threw 24/41 for 232 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions vs. Denver last week - he did find Antonio Gates for a TD (seven targets for 6/54/1 receiving), but watched Keenan Allen get carted off the field with a broken collarbone (he's almost surely out for several weeks). Michael Floyd (seven for 3/34/0 last week) and Eddie Royal (four for 3/27/0) will have to pick up the slack for Allen over the final two weeks of the season. The Chargers' passing attack is suffering injury attrition (Rivers is battling a sore chest and ribs to stay in the games as well). San Francisco limited Seattle to 12/24 for 138 net yards passing, one TD and one interception last week, and sacked Russell Wilson five times for -30 yards. Two weeks ago, Derek Carr ambushed the 49ers in the Black Hole, throwing 22/28 for 245 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions (with one sack taken for -9 yards). Most weeks, teams have a harder time throwing the ball on San Francisco than Carr did - they average 206.0 net passing yards allowed per game (third in the NFL) with 23 passing scores given out vs. 17 interceptions (tied-fifth) and 32 sacks (tied-19th) generated to date. This is a tough matchup for the visiting Chargers.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
12 vs STL 2 14 0 0
13 at BAL 7 83 0 0
14 vs NE 5 34 0 0
15 vs DEN 6 54 1 0
16 at SF 7 92 2 0
16 at SF PROJ-Dodds 4 * * *
16 at SF PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * *
16 at SF PROJ-Bloom 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs BAL (8 / 7 / 83 / 0 rec)

For stretches of the first half, Gates appeared to be almost uncoverable. With the Ravens paying so much attention to the wide receivers early on, Gates was able to roam free. In the second half, they clamped down a bit more tightly on Gates - and unsurprisingly, the wide receivers started putting up huge numbers. In the first half, Gates picked up several first downs on third and long scenarios, as Baltimore attempted to cover him one on one with a linebacker. After the Chargers exploited that, the Ravens paid for the extra attention being paid to Gates by letting WRs Keenan Allen and Eddie Royal to roam free in the second half. Essentially, even when Gates wasn't the focal point of the offense, he was still able to make things happen for everyone else.

2014 Week 14 vs NE (8 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)

Gates was involved, but had limited success with his involvement. His game started off on the wrong foot, when he slowed down on his very first route of the game up the sideline. Gates didn't realize Rivers was looking in his direction, and the timing was thrown off when the big tight end sort of stopped running. The pass was overthrown by a bit, suggesting that if Gates had still been in stride, it may have gone for a nice gain. On the next play, Gates DID pick up a first down gain over the middle on a nice crossing route. Later in the half, he caught a pass over the middle, had it knocked out of his hands as he was spinning away from the ball, did a complete 360, and grabbed the ball again before it could hit the ground or be recovered by New England. He was very lucky, but it also showed some uncanny eye-hand coordination (even for an NFL pass-catcher). Gates was targeted on the team's last-gasp effort on a fourth down pass play late in the fourth quarter. The team needed five yards, but he ran his route a bit short and picked up four. He also looked a bit shaken on the play and slow to get up, but there was no immediate word on an injury.

2014 Week 15 vs DEN (7 / 6 / 54 / 1 rec)

Gates, who was shaken up at the end of last week's game, curiously wasn't on the field for the first play of this week either. But he came in for the second one, and had the best game of any Charger (although that's not saying much when they had a performance like this). Gates couldn't really be covered one on one, but Denver stubbornly tried to do it anyway. Several of his catches went for first downs, and came at times when the Chargers absolutely had to move the football and keep drives alive. He actually did all of his damage when the outcome was still in doubt, with nothing coming during so-called "garbage time". He caught his 10th touchdown pass of the season, the fourth time in his career he has done so. And in doing so, he recorded the 70th touchdown reception of his career from QB Philip Rivers. It was a simple quick slant inside, beating his man off the line, and Rivers put a bullet pass right on his hands to split the defenders for the easy score. The two were unable to connect for touchdown #71 late in the game, with Rivers getting intercepted in the end zone when he tried forcing a pass to Gates into double coverage.

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Schedule

16@ San Francisco 49ers
17@ Kansas City Chiefs