Chargers Notes and Quotes

LaDainian Tomlinson scored the first touchdown of the season for the San Diego Chargers. He ended the night with 121 yards on 26 carries. It marked the 18th time in his career that he topped 100 yards. He also scored a touchdown on the ground. Tomlinson added three receptions for negative four yards. He is 287 yards behind Paul Lowe for the Chargers career record.

LaDainian Tomlinson's 38th career touchdown in the first quarter moved him into a second place tie amongst Chargers backs with Paul Lowe. He trails Chuck Muncie who has 43. He moved into first place in career rushing attempts for the Chargers with 1,050. He passed Marion Butts who had 1,031.

Antonio Gates was the only Charger to have a pass reception until a screen pass to Tomlinson with 4:08 to go in the first half. He had four catches for 70 yards before another receiver had a catch that gained positive yardage. It wasn't until 10:26 to go in the third quarter that Eric Parker caught a pass, the first player besides Gates to gain positive yardage. Gates ended the game with eight receptions for 123 yards, both career highs. His previous highs occurred on December 14 last year when he caught five passes for 117 yards against Green Bay. He did, however, have four penalties – two holding calls and two offsides.

Drew Brees went 17-for-24 for 209 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He fumbled a handoff attempts and was sacked once. He ended the night with a 125.2 QB rating. The Chargers were 9-of-15 on third down, also a tribute to Brees.

"Drew did a terrific job in managing the game," head coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "He took care of the ball, and that was the number one prerequisite."

The first pass to Reche Caldwell – a drop. He redeemed himself with a 36 yard touchdown reception – the longest of his career. He ended the night with four catches for 65 yards. His 65 yards receiving set a career high, surpassing the 53 yards he had on December 22, 2002 against Kansas City.

Marty Schottenheimer got his 11th opening day victory of his career and won his 166th overall to move into an eighth place tie with Paul Brown on the all-time head coaching list. He moved to 2-0 against the Houston Texans.

The Chargers defense came up with two first quarter stops on the Texans inside the red zone and held them to field goals. "It was big, especially toward the end of the game," cornerback Quentin Jammer said of the defensive bend but don't break attitude. "Those first quarter stops to hold them to field goals were huge for us in the fourth quarter."

Jerry Wilson forced a fumble and had an interception. The fumble turned into seven points for San Diego and the interception came with 21 seconds to go in the first half with Houston driving. Wilson was also called for an unnecessary roughness penalty on Andre Johnson in the third quarter. Johnson tore down Wilson by the face mask but it wasn't called.

Terrence Kiel got the first sack of the game in the fourth quarter. Steve Foley had Carr in his grasps and forced him wide where Kiel was able to corral him. It was also the first sack of Kiel's career. It allowed the Chargers to get their first three and out and forced the Texans to punt for the first time in the game with just over 13 minutes to go in the game. Shaun Phillips got the second sack for the Chargers and the first of the rookie's career.

Injury notes:

Adrian Dingle strained a quad and did not return. Dave Ball took his spot in the lineup.

Kris Brown made a tackle attempt on Wes Welker to open the second half and got laid out. Brown ended up being fine and continued playing the game.

Lightning quicks:

The Chargers scored 14 points off four turnovers.

"It doesn't make any difference how well you move the ball if you don't hold on to it," Houston head coach Dom Capers said. "You've got very little chance of winning and two of those (turnovers) turned into touchdowns."

Mike Scifres first punt had a 5.2 second hang time.

The Chargers twice called an all out blitz that was wiped out by two screen plays that gained big yardage and set up points for the Texans.

Nate Kaeding was 2-for-2 on his field goal attempts, nailing a 48 yarder that welcomed him into the league. His longest kickoff reached the goalline while three dropped outside the ten yard line.


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