Chargers - Packers Post Game Notes

After the San Diego Chargers scored 18 unanswered points to take a 21-17 lead, the Green Bay Packers scored 21 unanswered to decimate the Bolts 38-21 at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday. Drew Brees had a career day and three Packers set All-Time records for the team.

Drew Brees completed his first pass of the day to Antonio Gates. Gates dropped the next attempt by Brees. Brees ended the first quarter 4-5 for 36 yards, largely without David Boston who left the game with a shoulder injury and was seen at the end of the quarter getting it worked on. For the day, Brees went 28-48 for 363 yards. It was the Chargers' first 300-yard game of the season. Three Brees turnovers were crucial to the outcome of the game.

Brees established a career high with his 363 passing yards. His previous career high was 336 yards against San Francisco on Nov. 17, 2002. It was Brees' fourth career 300-yard game.

Gates, coincidently, had the best game of his career on Sunday. Gates topped 100 yards receiving for the first time in his career. He ended the day with 117 yards receiving on five catches.

Reche Caldwell didn't drop a ball in the first quarter. He actually came up with the ball on a wide receiver screen, gaining four yards. It was Caldwell's first catch since Nov. 16 in a game against Denver. Caldwell ended the day with four receptions and zero drops.

LaDainian Tomlinson ran the "H-Post" route twice in the game and one went for 68 yards and a touchdown. Tomlinson had two touchdowns receiving for the second straight game, ending the day with eleven receptions for 144 yards. Tomlinson also surpassed 2,000 yards from scrimmage for the second year in a row, the first to perform such a feat in Chargers history. He has 2,011 so far this year

The last time the Chargers had two 100-yard receivers in the same game was on Nov. 19, 2000 at Denver when Jeff Graham (144 yards, 2 TDs) and Curtis Conway (118, 1 TD) did it. The Chargers are 8-15 on the year on fourth down conversions going 1-2 on Sunday.

Courtney VanBuren played left tackle for the first time in his career. He had played right tackle in his previous experience.

Stephen Cooper, with extended playing time, intercepted a pass off a Donnie Edwards tipped ball. He also had a key third down stop in the fourth quarter.

Ryan Longwell became the Packers All-Time leading scorer in the fourth quarter. Don Hutson held the record with 823 points.

Ahman Green passed Jim Taylor to break the Green Bay Packers All-time single season rushing record. Green's run in the first quarter gave him 1,480 yards for the season, six more than Taylor's record set in 1962.

With the touchdown pass to Donald Driver in the second quarter, Brett Favre has now thrown a touchdown pass in 23 consecutive games. Cecil Isbell had held the Packers record with 22 consecutive games, dating back to 1941-1942.

Favre's first completion in second half came with just under 14 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Even so, he had four touchdowns on the day, a season high.

The Packers scored 17 points off four Chargers turnovers.


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