LaDainian Tomlinson became the Chargers' all-time leading rusher on Sunday. He rushed for 147 yards on Sunday, raising his career total to 4,979. Just four games into his fourth year in the league, he passed Paul Lowe who rushed for 4,972 yards from 1960-68. It was the 19th time he has run for 100 yards.
"It is a huge accomplishment," Tomlinson said of breaking the record. "It is something everyone sets out to do on a particular team. I didn't know I was that close."
LaDainian Tomlinson also moved into a ninth place tie on the teams scoring list with his 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He is tied with Chuck Muncie and Kellen Winslow.
The Chargers averaged 8.1 yards per rush. They carried the ball 24 times and gained 195 yards on the ground.
The Titans gained 35 yards rushing on their final drive – down by 21 points. All the yards came on delayed draw plays with the Chargers defense playing prevent. They had gained just 37 yards on 15 carries up until that point.
Reche Caldwell had a career-long 58-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. It bested the 49 yard catch he had in the first quarter – a career long that lasted less than three quarters. Caldwell finished the day with three catches for 110 yards, his first-career 100-yard game.
"I was running a simple slant route," Caldwell said. "The DB (Samari Rolle) jumped the route but he wasn't in position to knock it down or make a play on it. It was one of those catches where you put your hand out and the ball just sticks to it."
The Chargers 89-yard first quarter touchdown drive was the team's longest scoring drive this season.
Drew Brees completed 16 of 20 for 206 yards and three touchdowns. His completion percentage of .800 was a career high and tied for the second-highest completion percentage in a single game in team history. Dan Fouts completed 28 of 35 (.800) for 318 yards and three touchdowns against Seattle Oct. 14, 1979. Rick Neuheisel set the team record, completing 18 of 22 (.818) at Tampa Bay, Oct. 11, 1987.
His three TD passes tied a career high.
Jesse Chatman's 21-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was his career long rush. Chatman also tied his career-high with three special teams tackles.
The Chargers had five different players score touchdowns today. It was the first time it's happened since the 1994 season opener at Denver (Sept. 4) when five different players scored in San Diego's 37-34 win at Mile High Stadium.
The Titans attempted 58 passes on Sunday which tied for the second-most pass attempts against the Chargers in a game. Denver also attempted 58 passes against the Chargers Nov. 19, 2000 at Mile High Stadium. The record is 61 by the St. Louis Cardinals Sept. 20, 1987.
"Eric Parker dinged his neck again," Schottenheimer said as he recalled the injuries. "Drew banged his shoulder up.
Nick Hardwick left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury but Schottenheimer did not know the extent of the injury. He was waiting for further word from the medical staff and expected word to filter down on Monday at the earliest.
"David Brandt stepped in and did a nice job for us," Schottenheimer added.