The most consecutive games the team has won in a single season is 11, a feat accomplished in 1961. That year, the team finished 12-2 before losing to Houston in the AFL Championship Game.
The Chargers intercepted four passes on Sunday, the first time they have accomplished the feat in over four years. It was November 19, 2000 when they last snared four and it was accomplished against Denver. The most they have ever had is six in a game, accomplished five times with the last coming in 1975 – against Denver.
Shaun Phillips got the first interception of his career on Sunday. Phillips deflected a pass at the line and came down with it. It setup a Nate Kaeding field goal.
Steve Foley got the second interception of the year. He had not had more than one in any of his six seasons and now has three total interceptions for his career. Foley also added three passes defensed, knocking down all of them at the line of scrimmage.
"We're a team," the starting outside linebacker said. "And we were a team from the beginning, but it's just that we are a better team right now."
Drayton Florence and Jerry Wilson each got their third interceptions of the year. Florence, however, has not been a full-time starter this year and missed three games. He was also instrumental in Wilson's interception, knocking a pass out of the hands of Rod Smith and into Wilson's in the end zone.
"We stuck to our gameplan came out and played defense like we should," Florence said.
The Chargers rank second in the league against the run, holding their opponents to just 78.7 yards per game. The longest run allowed by the Chargers defense this year is 22 yards. The Baltimore Ravens (21) are the only other team in the league that hasn't allowed a longer run.
"People don't run the ball real effectively against (the 3-4 defense)," head coach Marty Schottenheimer said.
"Everything they do is so predicated off the running game," Edwards said. "That is why we came up with the big interceptions today."
Tomlinson has 13 total touchdowns this season and all have been scored on the ground. The Chargers improved to 11-2 in games in which Tomlinson scores at least two touchdowns.
The NFL record for consecutive games rushing for a touchdown is 13 and it is shared by John Riggins (1982-83) and George Rogers (1985-86).
LaDainian Tomlinson has rushed for 1,012 yards this season, his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season. He became just the ninth player in NFL history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first four professional seasons. Hall of Fame runner Barry Sanders (1989-1998) and the New York Jets' Curtis Martin (1995-2004) share the NFL record, each rushing for 1,000 yards in their first 10 NFL seasons.
"I'm happy to have 1,000 yards," Tomlinson said. "Hopefully, we can keep on rolling and put together a (longer) streak here."
The list of players who rushed for 1,000 yards in at least their first four NFL seasons besides Sanders and Martin includes Corey Dillon (1997-2002), Eddie George (1996-2000), Terrell Davis (1995-98), Eric Dickerson (1983-89), Earl Campbell (1978-1981) and Tony Dorsett (1977-1981). Sanders, Dickerson, Campbell and Dorsett are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
It was just his fourth interception of the year. Bernie Kosar still holds the longest streak in NFL history with 308 consecutive attempts without an interception.