INDIANAPOLIS -- The victorious players filed into the locker room one after another, hollering, "How about the Chargers?!"
How about Michael "The Burner" Turner taking over for the injured LaDainian Tomlinson and bulling his way for 77 yards, essentially a $2.35 million insurance policy paying off?
How about speedy little Darren Sproles catching a screen pass from Philip Rivers and racing 56 yards untouched down the left sideline for a touchdown?
How about Billy Volek -- yes, Billy Volek -- coming in after Rivers was injured? Volek not only calmly led the winning drive, but he scored the go-ahead touchdown as well, on a 1-yard sneak with 4:50 to play.
"Nobody ever flinched," said Rivers, who injured his right knee after releasing the touchdown pass to Sproles on the last play of the third quarter.
"No one seemed rattled," said Tomlinson, the two-time NFL rushing champion who had only 28 yards on seven carries. "Guys just kept playing. It was really amazing to watch, to be honest with you."
"You've got to keep your cool," McNeill said. "We wanted to keep ourselves loose, especially when the game is on the line and it is crunch time. You don't want nobody playing uptight. You want everybody loose, flying around doing what they have to do.
"When we were bouncing around like that, everybody was feeling good, kind of gets your mind off of, 'Oh, we have to do this, we have to do that.' We just go out there and play."
San Diego collapsed against New England in the playoffs last year, then were schooled 38-14 at Foxborough on Sept. 16.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press