Tomlinson scored his 17th,18th and 19th touchdowns of the year on Sunday and 17th on the ground. He established a new career-high in touchdowns with his 19 and his 17 on the ground tied a career-high for rushing scores – with five games to go.
"Their run game is a lot like other teams' run game, there is just a better guy doing it," defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said.
Tomlinson topped the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season with his three-yard scamper in the fourth quarter. The same run pushed Tomlinson over the 100-yard mark for the game. His next run traversed 32 yards and a touchdown to tie the game at 17-17. He ended the game with 1,086 yards rushing and 1,401 yards from scrimmage on the year.
He joins the following players as the only ones in NFL history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in their first five-plus seasons in the NFL: Barry Sanders (first 10 NFL seasons, 1989-1998); Curtis Martin (10, 1995-2004); Eric Dickerson (7, 1983-89); Corey Dillon (6, 1997-2002); Eddie George (5, 1996-2000) and Tony Dorsett (5, 1977-1981). Sanders, Dickerson and Dorsett are all in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Tomlinson gained 213 yards from scrimmage, 184 on the ground. The team is 9-0 when Tomlinson records 200-plus yards from scrimmage. His 184 yards rushing are his most since December 28, 2003 against Oakland when he gained 243 on the ground.
Tomlinson surpassed Charlie Joined (9,191 yards) in total yards from scrimmage on a 22-yard run in the fourth quarter. He moved into second place on the all-time Chargers list in yards from scrimmage. Lance Alworth (9,721) stands ahead of him in first place. Tomlinson has 8,322 total yards from scrimmage this year and trails Alworth by 399 yards.
Eric Parker set a season high in yards receiving and receptions, tying his career-high in receptions in the process. He caught seven passes on December 26, 2004 versus the Colts.
Parker also returned punts on Sunday, replacing Darren Sproles who has had some trouble fielding punts cleanly.
Keenan McCardell now has 10,365 career yards, seven shy of reaching Harold Jackson and cracking the all-time top 20 in receiving yards.
"To have a great passing game you need a lot of guys who can make plays and right now we have a lot of guys making plays," McCardell said.
McCardell is tied for the team lead with seven touchdown catches and he ranks second with 602 yards and 44 catches. McCardell now has 799 career catches, 13th on the NFL's all-time list. Next up is former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Henry Ellard, who ranks 12th with 814 career catches, 15 ahead of McCardell.
Drew Brees threw a fourth quarter interception, a ball picked off by Carlos Rodgers – the first interception by a Redskin cornerback this year. Brees had thrown a touchdown in eight straight games, the longest stretch of his career – a streak that was snapped on Sunday.
Steve Foley stopped a reverse to Santana Moss for an eight-yard loss on the first play of the game, showing no ill-effects coming back from an abdomen injury. Foley recorded his third sack of the year in the third quarter.
"We wont have any time to say ‘my bad, my mistake,'" Foley said. "Our season is next week. Guys have to make sure they take it personal."
Despite getting solid field position on their first drive of the game and being aided by a 15-yard unnecessary roughness call on LaVar Arrington that marched the ball down to the Redskins 29 yard line, the Chargers would not get any points as Nate Kaeding missed from 42 yards out. It was the second miss of the year from Kaeding.
The Chargers opened the second half with great field position thanks to a Darren Sproles kickoff return of 47 into Washington territory. They did not come away with any points as Kaeding missed his second field goal of the day and third of the year from 46 yards out. Both misses went wide left.
Only 17 of Mike Scifres' 46 punts have been returned this season. Among punters with at least 40 attempts this season, only four have had fewer than 17 returned against them.