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Charles Woodson aging like fine wine with huge defensive plays
- Updated: October 8, 2013
Charles Woodson struggled to find an NFL team this offseason after the Green Bay Packers released the aging veteran. Fast Forward to the NFL’s Week 5 slate of games and the guy most teams passed on was out there making plays many thought had passed him by.
With the Raiders up by a score 17-3 Over the San Diego Chargers, Woodson scooped up a Danny Woodhead fumble and took it the other way for a 25-yard score that put the Raiders up by a more-than-comfortable 21 points. The defensive touchdown, the 13th of Woodson’s Hall-of-Fame career, puts him into a tie for most touchdowns by a defensive player with Darren Sharper and Rod Woodson.
“We’ve been due,” proclaimed Woodson after the game via CSNBayArea.com. “We’ve played four previous games without creating turnovers. Today, we made the plays when they were presented to us.” The Raiders recorded four takeaways and another giveaway occurred when San Diego muffed a punt.
The Chargers would not go quietly though as they battled back to make the score 24-10 on Philip Rivers‘ pass to Woodhead from five yards out. After another quick stop, the Chargers added another score and were seemingly on the verge of a huge comeback win on the road. That’s when Woodson sealed the victory for Oakland with his second takeaway of the game.
After the game Woodson gave the media a little perspective on where he thinks the takeaways put him into context with some of the game’s other great players:
“It means I’m one of the greatest to ever play this game,” he added.
It’s hard to argue with him after a performance like this.
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