With 260 yards from scrimmage on Sunday, Tomlinson set a new team record, beating the record he set a year ago. His final stats for 2003 are 2,370 yards from scrimmage this season (1,645 rushing, 725 receiving). Last year, he established the team record for combined yards from scrimmage with 2,172 (1,683 rushing, 489 receiving).
|LaDainian Tomlinson, in just his third season in San Diego, is a legend and superstar, called the best ever by his coach.|
Tomlinson's 2,370 combined yards from scrimmage are the most in the NFL this season. The second man on the list, Jamal Lewis had 2,251 yards from scrimmage on the year.
Tomlinson had six 100-yard rushing games this season and 17 for his career becoming the first player in team history to have 17 100-yard games (Means and Lowe both had one in the playoffs and 15 in season.) The last time the Chargers played the Raiders was on Sept. 28 of this year, and Tomlinson rushed for 187 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries.
Tomlinson met his personal goal for the season – have an average of 5.0 yards per carry this season. He carried 313 times for 1,645 yards this season, an average of 5.3 yards per carry.
Donnie Edwards finished Sunday's game with 14 tackles to lead the team for the fourteenth time in 2003. It also gave him a team-high 162 for the season. He also added an interception, his second of the season.
Passing down defensive tackle DeQuincy Scott ended the year as the leader on the team in sacks with 6.5. Adrian Dingle was second with 6.0. The Chargers ended the game with five sacks. The Raider completed just six passes on the day.
The Chargers defense held the Raiders to just 35 passing yards on the day and 141 net yards. They also held the Raiders to 3-of-19 on third downs. The longest pass completion went for seven yards against the Bolts.
Tomlinson earned Most Valuable Player and the Rodney Culver Award for the Offensive Player of the Year.
Tomlinson also shared Co-Most Valuable honors with quarterback Doug Flutie.
The David Griggs Memorial Award as the Chargers Defensive Player of the Year went to linebacker Donnie Edwards.
Center Cory Raymer and defensive tackle DeQuincy Scott shared Co-Lineman of the year honors.
Linebacker Carlos Polk and running back Leon Johnson were named Co-Special Teams Players of the Year.
The Raiders posted the worst one-year turnaround for a Super Bowl participant.