The San Diego Chargers announced Sunday that running back LaDainian Tomlinsonwill sign a one-day contract with the team before announcing his retirement.In nine seasons with the Chargers, Tomlinson enjoyed spoils of success. In 2006, he won the NFL MVP award after rushing for 1,815 yards andscoring 31 touchdowns, a single-season record that still stands today. He played the final two seasons of his career with the New York Jets.So where does Tomlinson rank among the NFL's all-time great running backs? How does he compare with Chicago Bear great Walter Payton?TouchdownsPLAYERRUSH TDREC TDTOTAL TDTOMLINSON14517162PAYTON11015125Tomlinson's best argument as a top-tiered running back starts with his ability to find the endzone. In comparison to Payton, the most touchdowns from scrimmage Payton ever scored in a season was 16, both in 1977 and 1979. Tomlinson, on the other hand,scored more than 16 touchdowns five different times in his career. Clearly the touchdown edge goes to Tomlinson, but it is worth noting that Payton has a one-TD advantage in the throwing department (8 to 7).Rushing yardsPLAYERRUSH YDSYDSATTYDSGMTOMLINSON13,6844.380.5PAYTON16,7264.488.0Payton vs. Tomlinson in terms of rushing yardspaints a different picture than the touchdown debate. While Tomlinson last rushed for 1,000 yards in his fourth to last season (2008), Payton rushed for more than 1,300 yards in three of his last four seasons. It was only in his final season that Payton stumbled to the finish line with 533 yards on 146 carries.Payton's 88 yards per game rank eighth all-time, but longevity should count for something, too. At age 32, Payton rushed for 1,333 yards. Tomlinson? Just 280 yards as a 32-year-old. Tomlinson held two rushing titles in his career compared to Payton's one, but Payton's 1,852 rushing yards in 1977 topped any year Tomlinson had. Edge? Sweetness.ReceivingPLAYERRECYEARYDSYEARTOMLINSON56.7406PAYTON37.8349Of the top-15 leading rushers of all-time, Tomlinson comes in as the second best receiver to Marshall Faulk. Tomlison averaged 56.7 catches and 406 yards per year in his 11 seasons. He also caught 100 passes in 2003, the only running back to reach triple-digit catches in a single season.However, trailing closely behind Tomlinson on both of those lists is Payton. In a time when passing was not nearly as much of an offensive focus as it is now, especially with running backs, Payton averaged 37.8 catches for more than 349 yards per season.It's tough to call this one, given that both running backs were some of the best receivers of their era. Call it a draw, given Payton's impressive numbers in a different era.So what do you think? Would you rather have Payton with longevity, or the touchdown machine in Tomlinson?
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It wasn't pretty, but the Blackhawks found a way to pick up another two points and improved to 6-0-1 over their last seven games, and 18-3-1 over their last 22.
With Minnesota's loss to Philadelphia, the Blackhawks have taken an eight-point lead for first in the Central Division and are only two points away from the Washington Capitals for home-ice advantage throughout the entire Stanley Cup playoffs.
Let's take a look at Quick Hits from the 3-2 shootout victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night:
What Worked: The finish and shootout. While the Blackhawks scored the game's first goal, it was another slow start by a team that has had a few of those over the last several outings and has preached working on turning in more of a complete effort. They recorded only 14 shots on goal in the first two periods, and it took more than six minutes after Patrick Kane's goal to record their next one.
But they finished on a positive note yet again, and went 2-for-3 in the shootout thanks to Kane and Artemi Panarin, who potted the game winner. Kane said after the game that he tried his move on Scott Darling during morning skate and it worked. So he went with it tonight in an effort to snap a mini shootout drought and he did.
What Didn't Work: Controlling the puck. The Blackhawks seemingly have the puck more than their opponent does almost every game, but it doesn't reflect in the shot department because they often look for the perfect pass or shot and fail to record one at all. They had 50 shot attempts with 26 of them on goal compared to the Stars' 64 attempts with 44 on goal. They know they must get better at that.
Star of the game: Corey Crawford. After allowing four goals on only 10 shots in Tuesday's overtime loss to Vancouver, the Blackhawks netminder bounced back in a huge way. He matched a season-high with 42 saves, and recorded his 30th win of the season.
He Said It: "He played amazing tonight. Reason we won the game. Hats off to him, he's done that a lot this year. For a goalie it's probably tough to show up every night, even the goals he let in last game you can't put all the blame on him, but he was outstanding tonight." — Kane on Crawford's performance
By the Numbers:
167 — Niklas Hjalmarsson blocked one shot in the win, and it was enough to set a new career high in that department, previously established during the 2010-11 campaign (166).
15 — Trevor van Riemsyk assisted on Marian Hossa's goal in the third period, giving him a career-high 15 points on the season in 50 games. He had 14 points in 82 games last year. He also extended his point streak to three games.
6 — With the victory, Crawford has earned at least 30 wins in six of his seven NHL seasons as a full-time starter. The only time he didn't reach that mark was during the lockout-shortened year in 2012-13 when he went 19-5-5.