Lightning Quicks: Chargers records set

Getting on the board quickly has been one of the reasons behind the San Diego Chargers' last six wins. The Chargers are 5-0 this season when leading after the first quarter and scored first against the Chiefs. The game was tied after the first on Sunday and they actually lost a lead for the first time in over a month.

  • The Chargers had put together a string of 15 consecutive quarters in which they had played with the lead. The last time the Chargers trailed in a game was the third quarter of the team's Oct. 24 game at Carolina. The Chargers took the lead with 8:13 left to play in the third quarter and had not trailed in a game since, a span of 223 minutes, until KC scored with nine minutes to go in the second quarter to take a 14-7 lead.


  • LaDainian Tomlinson scored the 52nd touchdown of his career in Kansas City on Sunday on a one-yard run in the first quarter. It was his first-career touchdown at Arrowhead Stadium and he added his second and 53rd career touchdown in the second quarter.

    It also marked the eighth-consecutive game in which he crossed the goal line, tying him with Paul Lowe, who scored touchdowns in eight-straight games during the 1960-61 seasons. LT is closing in on the team record for consecutive games with a touchdown of nine, held jointly by Natrone Means (1993-94) and Lance Alworth, who did it in 1963 and '64.

    Tomlinson has eleven rushing touchdowns in the Chargers' first 11 games of 2004. He is the first player in team history and just the third player in NFL history to score 10 or more rushing touchdowns in his first four NFL seasons. The only others to accomplish this feat are Eric Dickerson (1983-86) and Earl Campbell (1978-81), who each did it in their first four seasons. No player has ever rushed for 10 or more touchdowns in his first five seasons.


  • Antonio Gates caught his tenth touchdown pass of the season in the fourth quarter on Sunday. It tied the team record for touchdown catches by a tight end (10), Kellen Winslow (1981) and Willie Frazier (1967). Gates then added his 11th touchdown reception of the year later in the fourth quarter to give him the team record alone. He now trails wide receivers Tony Martin (1996) and Lance Alworth (1965) by three for most touchdowns in a season by a receiver (14).

    The NFL record for touchdown receptions by a tight end is 12, held by four different players.

    Gates now has four multi-touchdown games this year and has scored eight of his touchdowns in the last four games.

    The battle of Gates vs. Tony Gonzalez turned out to be everything expected. Gates caught seven passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns and Gonzo caught eight passes for 105 yards. Gates is one behind Derrick Mason in receptions with 69 compared to Mason's 70.

    "Of course you have Tony here and he's a terrific player," said Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer. "As Antonio continues to gain experience and continues to play I think he'll be at that same level."


  • Drew Brees' 15 yard pass to Antonio Gates on third down and 15 with five minutes to go in the second quarter was his 168th consecutive pass without an interception. His next pass went incomplete but broke the team record for most consecutive passes without an interception, passing the mark of 168 set by Dan Fouts in 1981. Brees also passed Stan Humphries early in the first quarter. Humphries has a streak of 159 back in 1993-94. He extended his record to 193 straight at the end of the day.

    Brees has not thrown an interception since the first quarter of the Chargers' game at Atlanta Oct. 17. It happened on the game's opening drive. That is his only interception in the last eight games and Brees has thrown just one interception in his last 277 pass attempts.

    Brees also threw for a career high 378 yards on 28-for-37 passing. His previous high was 363 yards on December 14, 2003 in against Green Bay.

    Schottenheimer said there was a reason for throwing so much on Sunday, and it wasn't the ineffectiveness of Tomlinson and the offensive line in the running game: "There was a time at half when I said to Cam (Cameron), ‘We need to throw this ball.' He said, ‘Coach we are.' And I said ‘Good, keep throwing it.' I think it's very difficult to rush the passer on this field. You get a bit of an advantage in my view in that situation."


  • Brees' completion to Kassim Osgood in the fourth quarter – a 65 yard catch and run – was the longest play of the year for San Diego. The previous long was a 59 yard reception and run by Tomlinson against the Jets.

    "I was trying to drag him into the end zone," Osgood said.

    Osgood ended the day with two catches for 92 yards and his hustle on special teams helped cause Dante Hall to fumble away a kickoff return as he was closing in on the end zone.

    "It shouldn't have happened," Hall said bluntly.


  • Donnie Edwards intercepted Trent Green in the fourth quarter – his first interception of the year. It led to the game winning field goal. Ironically, it was Edwards who intercepted a pass against Kansas City to seal the last Chargers victory at Qualcomm in 2002.

    "They got me on that one," Chiefs' quarterback Trent Green said. "It was a zone dog. I saw the "Sam" linebacker and I thought they were in man-to-man. After the "Sam" came and the safety shifted over, I was zoned in on the two receivers. It was a two-receiver max protection route. I never saw [Chargers DE] Donnie [Edwards]. They got me."


  • Marty Schottenheimer gave his grandson a game ball after the game – Quarterbacks' coach Brian Schottenheimer had a son yesterday of nine pounds, two ounces.


  • Sammy Davis was carted off with about a minute to go in the first half. Drayton Florence replaced him in the starting lineup.

    Kassim Osgood also ended up with a bruise on his leg. He may meet the trainer's table on Monday but it isn't expected to keep him sidelined.

    Jerry Wilson was also injured but it didn't appear to be serious.


  • Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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