Lightning Quicks: Chargers' notes

The San Diego Chargers ended the year with a 7-1 home record, the team's best home record since 1979. They accomplished the feat by winning their last seven games at Qualcomm. They also improved to 10-1 on the year when scoring first and 8-1 when leading after the first quarter.

  • The seven game winning streak at home is the club's longest since owning an eight-game home victory string over a two year span in ‘92-93.

    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.

  • Teams holding a halftime lead have won 11 of the last 13 games in the Chiefs-Chargers series dating back to the ‘97 season. Eight of the last nine Chiefs-Chargers games at San Diego have been decided by seven points or less.

  • Under Marty Schottenheimer, San Diego is 16-6 with a positive turnover ratio, including an 8-1 mark in 2004. San Diego also boasts an 11-2 home mark under Schottenheimer when positive.

    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.

  • Nate Kaeding ended the year with 114 points, extending his rookie team record for most points by a kicker. John Carney was the last player to eclipse that mark, getting 115 points back in 1999.

    Kaeding fell one shy of the PAT mark, hitting on 54 of his 55 attempts. Rolf Benirschkie nailed 55 extra points back in 1981.

  • Drew Brees, although he did not play, became the first player in team history to throw more than twenty touchdowns (27) and have less than ten interceptions (7) in a single season.

    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).

  • Steve Foley got seven stitches on his right arm after suffering a laceration from what he said was "a helmet or someone biting me."

    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.

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