Chargers at Colts preview

The San Diego Chargers, 11-3 after tying for the fewest victories in the league last year (4-12), have won their first division title since 1994, the year they went to Super Bowl XXIX. They will try to prevent Manning from breaking Marino's record this week, but meanwhile, prepare for the playoffs.

"We've got a long way to go," says San Diego quarterback Drew Brees, tied with Philadelphia's Donovan McNabb as the third-rated passer in the league (103.8). "But this feels great. It's been a long road for San Diego fans and us. It feels great because we weren't expected to do too much this year. Instead of 11-3, a lot of people thought we'd be 3-11."


LEADER 12-7  
STREAKS   Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Schottenheimer: 2-4 Dungy: 1-0
LAST WEEK W 21-0 at Browns W 20-10 vs. Ravens
LAST GAME 9/26/99: Colts 27 at Chargers 19. Colts QB Peyton Manning passes for then club-record 404 yards as Indianapolis wins on road.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/4/98: Colts 17, Chargers 12. Indianapolis LB Elijah Alexander recovers 1 fumble & records INT.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Randy Cross


PASSING Brees: 241-369-2,869-24-6-103.8 (2C) Manning: 308-451-4,168 (1L)-47 (1L)-9-123.9 (1L)
RUSHING Tomlinson: 318-1,254-3.9-16(T1L) James: 311-1,464 (2C)-4.7-9
RECEIVING Gates (TE): 74-915-12.4-12 Harrison: 75-969-12.9-14
OFFENSE 343.9 415.1 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE +13 (3C) +20 (1L)
DEFENSE 318.1 364.4
SACKS Foley: 7.0 Freeney: 15.0 (1L)
INTs D. Edwards: 4 David (R): 4
PUNTING Scifres: 42.9 Smith: 44.4 (2C)
KICKING Kaeding (R): 101 (47/48 PAT; 18/23 FG) Vanderjagt: 103 (55/56 PAT;16/20 FG)


GAME FEATURES AFC's 2 highest-rated passers: Indy's Peyton Manning (123.9) & SD's Drew Brees (103.8)

Club has clinched 1st AFC West title since 1994 when team advanced to Super Bowl XXIX.
Head coach Marty Schottenheimer is 5th coach in NFL history to guide 3 teams to playoffs (Browns, Chiefs, Chargers). Club has won 8 in row.
In past 4 road games, QB Brees has completed 94 of 140 (67.1 pct.) passes for 1,112 yds w/ 5 TDs vs. 1 INT for 101.1 passer rating. Brees has 70+ yd TD pass in consecutive weeks.
LaDainian Tomlinson has 16 TDs on season, tied for most in NFL (Shaun Alexander, Sea.). Tomlinson has TD in club-record 11 games in row; NFL record is 13 (John Riggins, Wash., 1982-83; George Rogers, Wash., 1985-86). Tomlinson needs 400 scrimmage yds to reach 2,000 in 3rd season in row.
Antonio Gates has 12 TD catches, tying NFL record for most in season by TE. Eric Parker has multiple catches in 9 consecutive games.
Donnie Edwards has 3 INTs in past 2 games. Defense No. 2 in NFL vs. rush (80.9) .

Head coach Tony Dungy is on the longest win streak of career (7 games) .
QB Manning (47) needs 2 TD passes to surpass NFL record for most in season (Dan Marino, 48, 1984). Last week, team extended club record to 474 points scored in season & may become 11th team in NFL history to post 500.
Edgerrin James has 127.8 scrimmage yd avg. in 79 career games. In career, James has 40 100-yd rush games & 39 sub-100s & stands No 2 in NFL w/ 1,464 rush yds.
Marvin Harrison (14) needs 2 TD catches to surpass career-best in season. Harrison & Manning have combined for 82 TD completions, NFL record is 85 (Steve Young-Jerry Rice, SF, 1987-99). Club can become 1st team in NFL history w/ 4 players w/ 10 TDs: Harrsion (14), Reggie Wayne (11), Brandon Stokley (9), & RB James (9) .
Offensive line has allowed NFL-low 9 QB sacks. Team owns NFL-best +20 turnover margin.
Dwight Freeney has 3 multi-sack games in row & leads NFL (15.0). Freeney has posted 10+ sacks in each of 1st 3 seasons.

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