The first time that the Denver Broncos played the San Diego Chargers, tight end Antonio Gates shredded the Broncos’ defense in the first half, and worked his way to 6 receptions for 81 yards and two touchdowns.
The week 11 matchup was an entirely different story even with cornerback Chris Harris covering Gates one-on-one most of the time. Gates finished the day with just 2 receptions for 17 yards.
“I felt like I contained Gates today,” Harris said. “Think about the first game – he was the one that was killing us. We had a great game plan going this week. [WR] Eddie [Royal] getting hurt kind of hurt them because that allowed me to not guard Eddie Royal and I guarded Gates. That was a big difference.”
Instead, it was Danario Alexander who led the Chargers in receiving with 7 catches for 96 yards and two second half touchdowns.
Harris has become one of the league’s best cover corners opposite Champ Bailey. He had two interceptions against the Chargers in week 6, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
In addition to shutting down one of the best tight ends of all time Sunday, Harris had three tackles and two pass deflections.