Chargers firing on all cylinders

The 41 points scored by San Diego was the most scored by any team against the Patriots in Gillette Stadium. It is also the second time in a row that the Chargers scored 40-plus points in a game and first time they accomplished that feat since 1985.

A two-game stretch in December against Buffalo (40) and Pittsburgh (54) produced 94 points for the Chargers.

"A 40-point loss or whatever it was, you don't want to put that on film," Patriots linebacker Roosevelt Colvin said.

The Bolts are second in the NFL in scoring through four weeks of the season, averaging 31.75 points per game.

"We know what we can do, and when we execute the way we can, we can be a very successful football team," said quarterback Drew Brees.

"San Diego played the game as well as we could have and we didn't," Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said. "You look back at the end, 41 17, it is not very pretty."

  • "We wanted to make them run," running back LaDainian Tomlinson said. "Spread the field."

    And spread they did. Eight different players had a reception on Sunday. Through three previous affairs only seven players had caught a pass. Justin Peelle was the new addition to the receiving bonanza.

    "There isn't a guy out there that didn't make a play for them," Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said. "They have a lot of weapons; you take one away, they've got three or four other guys to go to. That is why they are good on offense. You can't take away one guy against them. The other four will make it. So you can pick out the guy you want to get, but that is not enough. You have got to get a lot more than one guy on that team."

  • "We got our hands on a lot of balls and had some pretty good pressure," said head coach Marty Schottenheimer.

    The Chargers recorded six passes defensed on the game, with Bhawoh Jue recording two and intercepting a pass. Shawne Merriman and Shuan Phillips each batted a pass at the line and Phillips' work resulted in a Donnie Edwards interception.

  • Drew Brees hit on nine straight passes during one stretch of the game from the second quarter into the third. He was 19-of-24 for 248 yards and two touchdowns. He was not sacked for the second straight game and had a quarterback rating of 137.5.

    "The line did a heck of a job," said Brees.<

    "The offensive line gave him time to throw the ball," echoed Schottenheimer. "Drew had himself another good game."

  • Tim Dwight has two touchdown receptions for the Patriots this year. He had just one over the past two years for the Chargers and three touchdowns during his four-year tenure with San Diego. Dwight beat Sammy Davis who got an earful from head coach Marty Schottenheimer. It shouldn't have surprised, Dwight used to do the same thing to Davis routinely in training camp in Carson and in practice.

    "I played with them (the Chargers) for four years and I was pretty impressed with them all the time I was on the field with them," said Dwight. "They have good players and they showed that today. I think they just stepped up and played well and put us in a lot of long situations."


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