Lightning Quicks: Gates scores three

Antonio Gates had the first three touchdown game of his career. His three touchdowns on Sunday against the Saints were more than he had all of last year and gave him eight for the year. Gates already had two touchdowns in two separate games and is now in the top ten in total touchdowns and top five in touchdowns by a receiver.

  • "We couldn't cover the tight end," New Orleans coach Jim Haslett said. "I think he's one of the best tight ends in the league, if not the best."

    Tony Martin was the last Charger receiver to catch three touchdowns in the same game. On September 28 against Baltimore, Martin caught three touchdowns. Kellen Winslow caught five in one game back in 1981 and Lance Alworth had a four touchdown game in 1968.

    Gates hauled in five passes on the day and now has 54 receptions on the year. He actually missed a pass from Keenan McCardell that could have been his fourth touchdown. The replay showed he may have gotten both feet in bounds but the coaching staff did not challenge the play.

  • Drew Brees has nine touchdown passes in the last two games. The fourth year quarterback is 5-1 in his last six games while completing over 71 percent of his passes (121 of 170) for 1,378 yards with fifteen touchdowns and one interception. He has 18 touchdowns passes on the year.

    His quarterback rating was 119.8 on Sunday and for the year his rating is 127.8 at home.

    "We have so many guys who are producing," said Brees. "It is almost like there is not enough to go around. We try to design plays to spread the ball around and keep the defense off-balance."

    To a reporter who asked Brees if the team has enough talent to go deep into the playoffs:

    "Have you been watching on Sunday's?"

  • Steve Foley forced a fumble and had 1.5 sacks on the day. He leads the Chargers with six sacks on the year. Foley has more sacks in nine games than he ever had previously over a full season. His high had been four back in 2000 with Cincinnati.

    "It is big." Foley said of his forced fumble. "We know as a defensive unit we have to go out there and keep pressure on the quarterback."

    Foley also contributed to a safety. He was held by Wayne Gandy in the end zone, an automatic safety.

  • Jerry Wilson has an interception and a pass defensed while also drawing a late hit penalty in the end zone that gave New Orleans a first and goal on third and long. The penalty call was questionable at best.

    Wilson has two interceptions this year. In his tenth year in the league, Wilson has never had more than one in any year.

    "Me being one of the older guys in the secondary, I try and let those younger guys know that it is going to fall on us," Wilson said.

  • The Chargers faked a punt on fourth and one in the first quarter on the first drive of the game. Jesse Chatman took a direct snap and went 22 yards to setup the first Chargers score.

    "It let everyone know that we are here to win," rookie offensive tackle Shane Olivea said.

  • The Chargers were 12-of-18 on third downs, good for 67 percent. They have completed 47 percent of their third down chances on the year. They are also the highest scoring team in the league with 262 points.

    The Bolts score forty points for the second straight game. You have to go back to 1986 to find the last time the Chargers scored forty points in two different games during a full season and 1985 was the last time the Chargers scored forty or more points in successive games.

  • Injury update:

    Zeke Moreno left the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. After the game, Moreno's prognosis was not known. He will be reevaluated early in the week.

    Justin Peelle has an ankle injury but figured to be fine after the bye week.

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