The referees picked up three tossed penalty flags during the first half alone. Nineteen penalties, however, were called for the game with the Chargers penalized nine times for 72 yards.
"Far too many penalties for an NFL football team," head coach Marty Schottenheimer chastised. "Far too many."
Bhawoh Jue pounded Greg Lewis as he caught the ball in the second quarter. It caused the ball to jar loose and ended up in the hands of Donnie Edwards. It was the second interception of the year for Edwards and the 24th of his career. Jue has caused four turnovers this year with this hit and three interceptions.
Reche Caldwell came up with a 43-yard catch with the Bolts backed up at their two-yard line. The pass from quarterback Drew Brees pushed the signal caller over the 10,000 yard mark for his career. It was the second longest catch of Caldwell's career. His long was 58 yards on Oct. 3, 2004 against Tennessee.
Brees is the fourth quarterback in team history to pass for more than 10,000 yards. The only others to do so are Dan Fouts (43,040), John Hadl (26,938) and Stan Humphries (16,085).
Keenan McCardell moved past Shannon Sharpe and into 23rd place on the league's all-time list in receiving yards on Sunday with his 24-yard catch in the second quarter.
Shawne Merriman notched his first NFL start on Sunday. In the final minute of the first quarter he recorded a sack on McNabb, his second of the year. Merriman was called for a personal foul of unnecessary roughness when he hit a sliding McNabb in the second quarter. The linebacker recorded five tackles – all coming in the first half.
Randall Godfrey recorded his first sack of the season in the second quarter after Merriman slowed McNabb. Godfrey had two sacks last year and has 12.5 for his career, now spanning ten years.
Godfrey also had a crucial roughing the passer call that aided a drive that led to seven points for Philly.
"He pretty much dumped me," quarterback Donovan McNabb said. "I took a shot going for the first down by [Chargers DE Shawne Merriman] and got upset then. It just fueled over a little bit. As a player, I don't believe in taking shots. If I can capitalize on it, that's what I'll do. Before I'm a football player, I'm a grown man. Animosity got to a high level. I displayed a little bit of it and continued to play my game." "I think they (referees) said I roughed him up, but he had the ball when I first hit him. I just scooped him and tried to slam him&I thought he still had the ball. Once I hit him I thought he still had it. I mean, I'm going to be physical."
Olshansky was back in as a starter for Jacques Cesaire. Olshansky has had the best two games of his NFL career coming off the bench. He recorded just one tackle today but did have a number of pressures.
Jamar Fletcher came up with a big sack of Donovan McBabb in the first quarter, taking the Eagles out of field goal range. It was the first sack of his career. Fletcher also added an interception, the first interception by a Charger cornerback this year. It led to three points.
Eric Parker took over punt returns for Darren Sproles in the second quarter. Sproles had let a few balls go deep in his own territory. Had he signaled a fair catch he would have saved the Chargers from beginning two drives within their own ten yard line.
Sammy Davis was hit by his own man, Bhawoh Jue, in the end zone. He took a shoulder from Jue in the chest as he had one arm extended into the air and Jue's shoulder connected with him. Davis was able to walk off the field under his own power after a few minutes. He was then carted off the field but appeared to be ok after the game. He will be re-evaluated this week.