Behind-the-Camera of Photojournalist Nic Coury in Monterey County, California.

September 15, 2009

Monday Night NFL Football: San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders

San Diego Charger's quarterback Philip Rivers (17) gets close with his offensive line.

I had an opportunity of a lifetime last night to shoot an NFL game. It was the season opener for the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers at the Oakland Coliseum.

I made the accommodations after our deputy editor Mark Anderson wrote a story about San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera who played and coached for Seaside High School, then went to play for the 1985 Chicago Bears where he earned a Super Bowl ring.

Needless to say, shooting professional football was mind blowing (and hard on the knees...). The energy of the fans in the stands easily matched that of the action on the field.

See more photos and commentary at the Monterey County Weekly staff blog.

View a slideshow at the Monterey County Weekly website.

San Diego Charger's quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a pass.

San Diego Charger's Steve Gregory (28) attempts to hold down Oakland Raider's wide receiver Louis Murphy (18) as he caught a touchdown pass. Referees called he wasn't in possession long enough. The Raider's scored a field goal on the next play.

The Chargers won the game 24-20 after a touchdown with 18 seconds left, leaving the Raiders with a 12th consecutive loss to San Diego.

~ nic

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