Chargers' interceptions common against Denver

Think the rain wasn't a factor? The two teams combined for 67 pass attempts and only completed 30, good for 44.7 percent. There were five interceptions and three fumbles in the game.

  • With the win on Sunday, the Chargers have won six games in a row, besting the team's five in a row at the end of the 1995 season to finish the year 9-7 and earn an AFC Wild Card playoff berth. They tied the six game streak from their Super Bowl season of 1994 when the Chargers opened the year with six straight wins.

    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 were credited with 16 passes defensed on Sunday. While there are no official tallies that can be found for the stat it has to be a team record and unheard of in general.

    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 Bolts have now held eight of their last ten opponents to less than 100 total rushing yards. Houston, the New York Jets, Carolina and the Chiefs are the only teams to rush for more than 100 yards against the Chargers' defense this season.

    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.

  • Donnie Edwards had a career high twenty tackles on Sunday, 14 solo and six assisted. His previous high was 18 tackles also against Denver set last year in a November 16 contest.

    "Everything they do is so predicated off the running game," Edwards said. "That is why we came up with the big interceptions today."

  • LaDainian Tomlinson ran for two touchdowns on Sunday against Denver, marking the ninth consecutive game in which he has crossed the goal line. He moved past Paul Lowe who scored in eight straight and tied the team record of nine straight games with a touchdown, shared by Natrone Means, who did it over the 1993-94 seasons, and Lance Alworth, who did it twice, in 1963 and 1964.

    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.

  • Drew Brees made it through 194 straight passes without throwing an interception but his streak was snapped on Sunday when his second pass of the day, intended for Antonio Gates, was errant and ended up being picked off by Kenoy Kennedy.

    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.

  • John Lynch, a San Diego native, caused two fumbles – one on Jesse Chatman and another on Drew Brees. Neither was recovered by Denver.

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