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Chargers fall but Antonio Gates rises to the top for touchdowns among tight ends

Chargers fall but Antonio Gates rises to the top for touchdowns among tight ends

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...

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