Next week against Denver, he is aiming for the 11th 10-win season of his career.
"Our interest is getting back and finishing on a positive note," Schottenheimer said, despite the team's playoff elimination.
For the first time since 2001, the second time since 1981 and only the fourth time in team history (1963 and '65), the Chargers offense features a 3,000-yard passer (Drew Brees – 3,347), a 1,000-yard rusher (LaDainian Tomlinson – 1,323) and a 1,000-yard receiver (Antonio Gates – 1,026).
The Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants are the only other teams in the league this season with a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rushers and receivers. If Keenan McCardell can rack up 134 yards receiving in the final game, it would give the Chargers their first pair of 1,000-yard receivers in the same season since Wes Chandler (1,199) and Lionel "Little Train" James (1,027) in 1985.
Tomlinson was shut out of the end zone for the fourth straight game. It is just the second time in his career that he has gone four games without a score. That streak came in the last four games of his rookie season. He has never gone five games without a score. The irony is he tied Lenny Moore for the record of consecutive games with a touchdown (18) earlier this year.
The touchdown pass to Gates marked the second-consecutive year and only the fifth time in team history that the Chargers have had a player throw 20 touchdown passes, score at least 10 rushing touchdowns and catch at least 10 touchdown passes. Drew Brees has 24 touchdown passes, LaDainian Tomlinson has 17 rushing touchdowns, and Gates has ten touchdown catches. Aside from last season, the only other times it happened were in 1979, 1981 and 1985.
Brees is just one touchdown pass shy of 25 for the season. It would mark his second-consecutive season with 25 touchdown passes. Dan Fouts, who threw 30 in 1980 and 31 in 1981, is the only other quarterback in team history with at least 25 touchdown passes in back to back seasons. Fouts did it in his eighth and ninth seasons in the league, while Brees is just now completing his fifth NFL season.
Brees went 18-of-33 for 161 yards on Saturday, raising his season total to a career-high 3,508 yards. He become only the second quarterback in team history to pass for more than 3,500 yards, joining Fouts, who did it five times during his Hall of Fame career. Brees is on pace to end the year with more than 3,700 yards.
Brees threw his 15th interception of the year against Kansas City – one shy of his career-high for a season.
"We had our chances in the second half to make it a one-possession game and we didn't do it," Brees said, as his pass intended for Tomlinson was intercepted deep in Kansas City territory.
Antonio Gates added four receptions to his career-high total, giving him 86 receptions for 1,078 yards with ten touchdowns. All three are best among tight ends in the NFL.
He is the first player to score ten or more receiving touchdowns in successive seasons since John Jefferson snared ten in 1979 and 13 in 1980.
After the loss, he was bitter about the play of his team.
"We understood that it was raining and we knew that we had to be careful making our cuts," Gates said of the playing conditions. "But at the same time, they played with the same field. When their offense was out there they weren't playing on a separate field. All of those things are just excuses. The bottom line is that they outplayed us today and they deserved (the win)."
Keenan McCardell caught six passes for 58 yards on Saturday, passing two players on the all-time career receptions list and tying another. McCardell, with 819 catches, passed Henry Ellard and Shannon Sharpe and tied Steve Largent for tenth place on the all-time list.
Donnie Edwards recorded 18 tackles in Saturday's loss, 17 solo. Edwards has now tallied 145 tackles on the season, 109 of those solo tackles. Edwards notched 20 tackles on December 5, 2004 against Denver.
It is the sixth straight season that he has surpassed the 100-solo tackle barrier and eighth in a row with over 100 solo and assisted tackles. He did not, however, receive any Pro Bowl recognition. He also registered his third sack of the year, his highest total since 1999 with Kansas City.