The Chargers posted a +15 turnover ratio this season, fourth-best in the league. It matches the team's turnover ratio of 1993. The only other season they were better was back in 1961 when they were +22. In the Chargers' 12 victories this year, the team has a +18 turnover ratio and has scored 88 points off turnovers.
Head coach Marty Schottenheimer has now been a head coach for 13 teams that have assembled winning records. It is the 12th time that Schottenheimer will lead his team into the playoffs, tying for third-most in NFL history with Chuck Knoll and Bud Grant.
Schottenheimer is the fifth NFL head coach to lead three different teams to the playoffs (Chargers, Chiefs and Browns). The others to do so are Bill Parcells (Giants, Patriots, Jets and Cowboys), Dick Vermeil (Eagles, Rams and Chiefs) Chuck Knox (Rams, Bills and Seahawks) and Dan Reeves (Broncos, Giants and Falcons).
In Schottenheimer's 18-plus seasons as an NFL head coach, this is the highest scoring offensive team, 446 points scored, he's ever led. Previously, his highest scoring team was in Cleveland in 1987 with a team that scored 416 points.
Kaeding fell one shy of the PAT mark, hitting on 54 of his 55 attempts. Rolf Benirschkie nailed 55 extra points back in 1981.
The only quarterbacks with better touchdown-to-interception ratios than Brees (3.86-to-1) are Peyton Manning, who has thrown 49 touchdowns and 10 interceptions (4.9-to-1) and Donovan McNabb, who has thrown 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions (3.88-to-1).
Mike Scifres hurt his thumb in the first quarter when he attempted a pass and had it intercepted. He would not, however, fault the thumb for his punting woes on the day. After the game, he was not happy with the effort he put forth.