San Diego opened up the scoring in the first quarter on an 11-play, 67-yard drive that was capped off by a 2-yard LaDainian Tomlinson touched run. The touchdown put Tomlinson in a three-way tie for consecutive games with a rushing touchdown at 13, tying John Riggins and George Rogers.
On third and nine at the Dallas 21, Drew Bledsoe hit Patrick Clayton for a 34-yard gain that crossed into San Diego territory. The 80-yard drive was capped by another hookup between Bledsoe and Clayton from 20 yards out for the score.
Dallas took their first lead of the game, taking advantage of a Brees interception. Bledsoe hit Keyshawn Johnson for 13-yard score midway through the second quarter.
San Diego followed with a 14-play drive that covering 68 yards. Brees hit Keenan McCardell three times on the drive for 37 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown toss to the veteran.
A 49-yard kickoff return to open the third quarter by Darren Sproles setup the next scoring drive. Brees connected with McCardell for their second touchdowns of the day to put the Bolts up 21-14.
A phantom roughing the passer call on rookie defensive end Luis Castillo would give Dallas a new life. They took advantage. After Bledsoe was sacked on third and ten by Shaun Phillips and Castillo was called for his roughing the passer penalty, Dallas drove the length of the field with Julius Jones running it in from five yards out to tie the game at 21-21.
After Nate Kaeding added a 33-yard field goal, Dallas was able to take advantage of a shanked punt by Mike Scifres. After an 18-yard punt, Bledsoe led a nine-play, 44-yard drive that was capped off by a Johnson touchdown reception from two yards out.
The Chargers would get the ball back with three minutes to go and converted on fourth and 14. But when they got to the seven yard line of Dallas, they would stall with Glenn's interception in the end zone sealing the victory.