Chargers Powered by Ryan Matthews’ Late-Season Surge

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Jan 31, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; NFL former running back Ladainian Tomlinson is interviewed on radio row in preparation for Super Bowl XLVII at the New Orleans Convention Center. Super Bowl XLVII will be played between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

But the impact Matthews has had this years goes deeper than a single number. Matthews (1,255) became first Charger to reach 1,200 rush yards since future hall of famer LaDainian Tomlinson in 2007 (1,474).

He was the MVP of the team over the past month when he led the AFC with 534 rush yards in December as the Chargers won four-straight to narrowly get into the NFL playoffs.

This was also the first year Matthews played in all 16 games and only fumbled the ball twice in 311 touches.

Attacking him in pass protection is the one area he’s weak at that the Bengals can expose. According to Pro Football Focus, his cumulative pass-blocker rating was 36th out of 55 eligible running backs, and allowed his only sack of the year Sunday vs. the Chiefs.

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