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Chargers' CB Jason Verrett bottled up Golden Tate

Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett kept Lions receiver Golden Tate in check during their Week 1 game on Sunday. Alex Gallardo/AP

SAN DIEGO -- Jason Verrett impressively passed his first test of 2015, shutting down one of the most explosive receivers in the NFL in Detroit Lions receiver Golden Tate.

With cornerback Brandon Flowers and safety Eric Weddle bracketing Calvin Johnson most of the game for the San Diego Chargers, Verrett trailed Tate all over the field.

The Notre Dame product made his first Pro Bowl last season, finishing with 99 catches for 1,331 yards in 2014. Tate's 696 yards after the catch was the most among receivers last season.

But Tate was targeted eight times on Sunday, finishing with just four catches for 24 yards, with a long of 11 yards.

Verrett said in any type of man scheme San Diego ran defensively, he was responsible for Tate wherever he went on the field.

"The game plan was pretty much to try and take him out of the game," Verrett said. "The coaches put in a lot of good schemes for me. The defensive line played their asses off out there, so I felt like everything went good."

Tate noted that Matthew Stafford was under pressure by San Diego's defensive front for most of the second half, which seemed to affect the communication between receiver and quarterback.

"There were some times where he had to get the ball out and we just weren't on the same page," Tate said.

Weddle said Verrett limiting Tate's explosive plays was a critical part to what San Diego accomplished defensively.

"That was one of our matchups that we liked," Weddle said. "And it was also going to be big the way he played. We needed him to play great, limit his YAC [yards after catch] -- go up there and maul him and play his solid game. And he came up big for us."

Weddle said the Chargers needed Verrett to match Tate's feistiness, quickness and physicality, and Verrett proved more than up to the task.

"He has as much confidence as anyone," Weddle said about Verrett. "The thing with him is experience. And the more he plays, the better he's going to get. The more routes he sees and the more experience he gets within a game -- two minute, red zone and guys running different routes on him -- every game that happens is going to be a plus for him, and a plus for us."