Running behind a crushing block by Lorenzo Neal and a nice turn outside by Shane Olivea to open round two, Tomlinson cut to the sideline and took it 58 yards to the Oakland eight-yard line to setup the next score. Tomlinson connected from a yard out with his Superman leap over the pile on fourth and goal to put the Chargers up 10-0.
Given new life after Oakland was penalized for running into the kicker on a missed field goal attempt, San Diego would make good when Kaeding's aim was true on a 29-yarder.
After starting the second half with 17 rushing plays and three passes, Rivers finally got a chance to show whether he had an arm – and he apparently does. Rivers fired a bullet to Eric Parker with Warren Sapp bearing down on the middle of his chest for a 38-yard completion to the Oakland seven. He then hit Antonio Gates in the end zone to push the score to 20-0 – his first touchdown as a starting quarterback.
After each big play, the Chargers honored Steve Foley by mimicking his bull stomp – holding horns up with one hand and sweeping the leg backwards over dirt as a bull does when he is about to rush.
The San Diego defense collected nine sacks on the day.
The last time the Chargers pitched a shutout came on December 19, 2004 in a 21-0 thumping of the Cleveland Browns.
Oakland was last shutout on October 4, 1981 when they lost 17-0 to Denver – the only time in history they had been whiffed at home until Monday.