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Monday, January 6, 2014

Chargers' running back Ryan Mathews determined to play Sunday

By on 1/06/2014 06:30:00 PM

The San Diego Chargers stormed into the Wild Card playoffs and took the Cincinnati Bengals by surprise, beating them at their undefeated home field, 27-10.  Despite the shocking and relentless play, the Chargers lost one of their running backs for most of the second half.  Ryan Mathews suffered an ankle injury during the first half and sat a majority of the second half on the bench.  Mathews had 52 rushing yards and 12 receiving yards before he was sidelined. 

Mathews had previously skipped a few practices because of the sore ankle, but was ready to play on Sunday.  After he went down, the Chargers relied on Danny Woodhead, Le'Ron McClain, and Ronnie Brown to takeover the rushing duties. The Chargers combined to run 40 times for 196 yards and two touchdowns.

Mathews, who has 1,444 total yards and seven touchdowns this year, is absolutely determined to play on Sunday against the Broncos.  He also spoke of his fellow teammates with high praise. 
“My mindset is I'm playing,” said Mathews, who praised the work of the team's running backs. “We keep fighting. Coach (Mike) McCoy says it all the time. It's the next man up. We're all ready.”
As the Chargers advance to the Divisional Round of the playoffs, their keep-away strategy needs Mathews' ability, and all eyes are on how he practices this week. 

The San Diego Chargers (10-7) kickoff with the Denver Broncos (13-3) Sunday at 4:40pm at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. 


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