Tomlinson rushed for 72 yards on 19 carries, leaving him 1,928 shy of the 2,000 mark. He needs 133.3 yards per game to reach that mark by the end of the year. Keenan McCardell tied his career-high with two touchdown catches today. It's the eighth time he's done it in his career with his last two-touchdown game coming while he was with Tampa Bay on Dec. 15, 2002 at Detroit.
McCardell caught nine passes today to raise his career total to 764, moving him into a tie with his position coach, Hall of Fame wide receiver James Lofton for 14th place on the NFL's all-time receptions list. He tied Lofton on a 17-yard catch on the last play before the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter.
McCardell finished today's game with 123 yards receiving, his 27th career 100-yard receiving game and first since Dec. 20, 2003.
Four different players had sacks for the Chargers today. It's the first time four different players have had a sack in a game since the 2003 season finale against Oakland on Dec. 28, 2003.
Drew Bledsoe's 15-yard pass to Terry Glenn on the first play of the fourth quarter put him over 40,000 passing yards for his career. He is the 10th player in NFL history to surpass the 40,000-yard milestone.
Drew Brees went 18-for-35 with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was picked twice in the same game in two contests last year and only once did he have a worse passer rating than the 65.1 he posted on Sunday.
"Finish the game," Brees said. "I take the blame."
Darren Sproles gained 146 yards on four kickoff returns, a 36.5 average. On successive returns he notched 49-yard returns. He also added two punt returns for a 12.5 average.
Mike Scifres punted just twice but one went off the right side of his foot and went a total of 18 yards with the Chargers pinned deep in their own territory. The Cowboys would capitalize on it and score. It was the worst punt of his professional career.
Sunday's crowd of 67,679 was the third-largest home crowd in team history and the largest crowd for a season opener. The team record was 68,274 for an Oct. 24, 1999 game against Green Bay and the second-largest was a crowd of 67,968 for the Dec. 8, 2002 game against Oakland.