Lightning Quicks: Oh-Donnie

The San Diego Chargers have won seven straight games and nine of the last ten. Sunday was also their sixth straight home win and they are 8-0 when scoring first.

  • Donnie Edwards' interception return for a touchdown gave him four interception returns for his career. It was the first time he had accomplished the feat since September 22, 2002 against Arizona.

    "If you follow the course of the game you know the Buccaneers are doing three step drops," Edwards explained of how he got into position for the interception. "Everything was quick. It was a slant pattern and I am inside coverage. I knew it was going to be something quick and normally the corner plays outside and it is an easy throw for the wide receiver to do a slant pattern and I am inside underneath and I just read the quarterback and he ended up throwing it. He never saw me I don't believe. I went up for it and had one guy to beat and Steve Foley had a great block for me and went in for six.

    "It is always nice when you are playing defense and get a touchdown. That is what I live for."

    He now has three interceptions on the season, tying him with Jerry Wilson and Drayton Florence for the team lead. Edwards has twice had five interceptions in a season, the last coming in 2002.

    Edwards also added 16 tackles, one week after snaring a career high twenty in a game.

    "He played awfully good last week," head coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "He is a terrific athlete. He is a playmaker. He has that little thing that always burns – he wasn't drafted until the fourth round and he has been riding that thing for a long time.

    "We picked him in the fourth and he has never forgiven me for that."

    Edwards actually had to leave the game after tweaking his ankle and appeared to be slowed on several plays during the game. He wasn't slow when he ran back the interception though.

  • LaDainian Tomlinson broke another Chargers' record on Sunday. His 14th touchdown of the season gave him a score in ten consecutive games, breaking the record of nine held by Lance Alworth and Natrone Means. It also tied the NFL's mark for the third-most consecutive games with a rushing touchdown, shared by Greg Bell and Terry Allen. The NFL record is 13, shared by John Riggins and George Rogers.

    Tomlinson had 25 rushes for 131 yards on the day, the second week in a row that he broke 100 yards. It was also the fifth time this season that he has surpassed 100 yards rushing on the day. He has accomplished the feat 22 times as a Charger – a team record that he continues to extend.

    The team record for single-season 100-yard games is seven, shared by L.T. (2002) and Don Woods (1974). The Chargers are 14-8 in games that Tomlinson exceeds the century mark.

    With 150 yards from scrimmage, Tomlinson moved past Gary Garrison and into sole possession of third place on the all-time Chargers list in yards from scrimmage with 7.638. He trails Charlie Joiner by 1,553 yards and Alworth by 2,083 yards.

    "With all the talk about (the Bucs) defense, I kind of took it personally," Tomlinson said. "It made us feel jealous. That's just the way athletes are."

  • Drew Brees' 79-yard pass to Eric Parker in the second quarter was the longest touchdown pass of his career and the longest touchdown reception in Parker's career. It was also the longest play from scrimmage this year for the Bolts offense.

    Brees' previous long was 68 yards against Green Bay in 2003. Parker's previous long was 55 yards – a mark he established two weeks ago against Kansas City.

    Parker ended the day with 118 yards receiving on six catches. It was the first time in his three year career that he surpassed 100 yards in a game.

    Brees was 17-for-23 for 220 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. It was the first time since week three against New York that Brees has thrown two interceptions in the same game. Brees' 23 touchdown passes are the most by a Chargers quarterback since Dan Fouts threw 27 in 1985.

    No quarterback in team history has ever finished a season with more than 20 touchdown passes and less than 10 interceptions. Brees has six interceptions with three games to go.

  • Steve Foley got his seventh sack of the year in the fourth quarter. The last linebacker to have seven sacks in a season was Junior Seau who had seven back in 1997. Foley also forced a fumble on the play, his fourth forced fumble of the year.

  • Quentin Jammer got his first interception of the year as the clock ran out at halftime. Jammer had four interceptions in 2003. He was beat, however, for two touchdown passes in Sunday's win.

  • Keenan McCardell left the game in the second quarter and did not return. After the game, head coach Marty Schottenheimer did not have an update on his status, only noting it was a hamstring injury and the receiver did not have much to say about the injury and said his former teammates will remain his friends off the field but when you are between the lines all bets are off.

    Drayton Florence tweaked an ankle but returned shortly thereafter. Jamar Fletcher saw increased time and broke off his man on the first play he was in when Florence went out. It was a mixup on coverage as he thought Jerry Wilson was helping him over the top.

  • George Layne suited up and recorded his first tackle as a Charger – on special teams. Robb Butler had his first special team tackle and first defensive stop in his pro career. Malcom Floyd, activated from the practice squad on Sunday, dressed and played on special teams.

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