NFL: San Diego 42, Minnesota 28

Nov. 9, 2003 at 7:57 PM

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Doug Flutie, in his first start of the season, passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more Sunday to lead San Diego to a 42-28 win over Minnesota.

With the Chargers tied for the NFL's worst record, Coach Marty Schottenheimer turned to the 41-year-old Flutie to replace Drew Brees as his starting quarterback.

Flutie passed for two touchdowns and ran for a score in the first half as the Chargers (2-7) scored on all four of their possessions to build a 28-14 lead. Flutie finished 21-of-29 for 248 yards.

LaDainian Tomlinson offered Flutie some help as he rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns. His first score was a 73-yard run in the first quarter.

It was the third straight loss for the Vikings (6-3) although Daunte Culpepper completed 32-of-44 passes for 370 yards snd four touchdowns.

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