A taste of Tomlinson

LaDainian Tomlinson touched the ball on six of the eight plays in the Bolts' opening drive, accounting for 37 yards on the drive. He added 45 yards rushing on the second drive – also resulting in a touchdown. He ended the day with 192 yards rushing on 21 carries. He also caught six passes for 28 yards.

"We are back," wide receiver Keenan McCardell said. "We are a power running team."

LaDainian Tomlinson touched the ball 29 times on the day, passing one off on a reverse to Eric Parker that netted 30 yards.

"That is what the media said we should do," head coach Marty Schottenheimer joked of getting Tomlinson the ball more. "You are 1-0."

"When you put the ball in his hands – he is a playmaker," Drew Brees explained.

With touchdowns in 15 consecutive games, Tomlinson is four shy of tying the overall record of touchdowns in consecutive games held by Lenny Moore (1963-65). He extended his own record of consecutive games with a rushing touchdown.

His three touchdown runs match his career high, which last occurred on December 1, 2002 against Denver. He originally set the record against Cincinnati in his third professional game on September 30, 2001.

His 62-yard run in the fourth quarter was his longest run since November 9, 2003.

Tomlinson is just the second player in NFL history to have a rushing touchdown, have a touchdown pass, record five receptions and eclipse the 100-yard mark on the ground. Frank Gifford was the only other player to complete that feat.

"We didn't stop anything," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. "They ran when they wanted to. They threw when they wanted to."

And Tomlinson did a majority of the damage.

Wide receiver Keenan McCardell surpassed the 10,000-yard mark with his 26-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. If there were ever a sports trivia question down the road, asking who threw the pass would be it.

"That was a great play call," said McCardell. "It only works when you establish the run."

Incidentally, Tomlinson's touchdown pass to McCardell was the second of his career. His last touchdown pass came on a 21-yard toss to Drew Brees on Sept. 28, 2003. He is 3-for-4 for 85 yards with two touchdowns.

"All week long I hit him on that and I thought I threw it too far," Tomlinson said. "I guess the old man still has some legs."


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