Chargers in deep hole at 0-2

Since realignment in 2002, 25 of the 36 playoff teams (69.4 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2. Three of the past four Super Bowl champions began their seasons with a 1-1 or 0-2 record. The Chargers were 1-2 to begin last season.

"The only thing I am concerned with is how we play the next fourteen weeks," head coach Marty Schottenheimer said.

No team in 2004, however, went 0-2 and made the playoffs. Philadelphia began the year at 0-2 in 2003 and advanced to the conference championship.

Last year the Bolts came back from 1-2 but this season doesn't offer many breaks from week to week. They will certainly play teams tough this year but losses mounting early on are not promising when October comes out.

In his first game back from suspension, Antonio Gates caught six passes for 80 yards. He had eight passes tossed his way and two third down receptions that went for a first down.

"We made some plays down the stretch, just not enough to win the game," said Gates.

After catching a ball in 63 straight games, LaDainian Tomlinson was blanked for the second straight game. He had one pass thrown his way all game and that one didn't even count when a penalty on Denver essentially wiped out any record of the pass. He had just one carry in the first quarter.

"I guess they don't feel like they need to use me in that way," Tomlinson added in reference to not being used in the passing game.

"We have to examine (Tomlinson's pass catching) very closely," the coach admitted.

Tomlinson did net a rushing touchdown in his 14th straight game, a new NFL record. He surpassed the 13-game streaks held by former Washington Redskins running backs John Riggins and George Rogers.

He is five games shy of the NFL record for consecutive games with a touchdown either rushing or receiving.  That mark is held by former Baltimore Colt Lenny Moore, who scored in 19 straight games (1963-65).

Drew Brees tossed another interception on Sunday that resulted in a touchdown for Denver when Champ Bailey returned it 25 yards. It is his third interception of the year and when he fumbled in the fourth quarter it was his fourth turnover through two games.

"Champ Bailey just sat on the route and made a great play," said Brees.

"I baited him a little and I just jumped the play," countered Bailey.

When the Chargers scored in the first quarter, it was the first time they had ever taken a lead at Invesco Field in Denver.

Bhawoh Jue recorded his first interception as a member of the Chargers and the fourth of his career.

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