Chargers at Niners preview

After a big win this past weekend, the San Diego Chargers will look to avoid the letdown when they face the San Francisco 49ers on the road.


STREAKS   5 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Schottenheimer: 3-3 Nolan: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 23-13 vs. Steelers W 34-20 vs. Raiders
LAST GAME 11/17/02: Chargers 20 at 49ers 17 (OT). San Diego K Steve Christie kicks 40-yd FG with 4:11 remaining in OT. Chargers QB Drew Brees passes for 336 yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/23/97: 49ers 17, Chargers 10. San Francisco QB Steve Young completes 20 of 30 passes for 245 yards & DB Merton Hanks posts 2 INTs.
BROADCAST CBS (1:15 PM PT): Ian Eagle, Solomon Wilcots


PASSING Rivers: 70-105-730-5-2-94.5 A. Smith: 89-152-1,071-6-3-85.2
RUSHING Tomlinson: 89-336-3.8-3 (T3C) Gore: 102 -465 (T1L)-4.6-3
RECEIVING Tomlinson (RB): 19-110-5.8-0 Gore (RB): 19-167-8.8-0
OFFENSE 350.8 (2C) 328.0
TAKE/GIVE +6 (T2C) -2
DEFENSE 204.5 (1L) 350.2
SACKS Merriman: 4.5 (T2C) Young: 3.0
INTs Jammer: 2 (T2C) W. Harris: 3 (T1C)
PUNTING Scifres: 46.6 Lee: 42.1
KICKING Kaeding: 43 (1C) (10/10 PAT; 11/12 FG) Nedney: 33 (12/12 PAT; 7/11 FG)


Head coach Marty Schottenheimer is 29-13 (.690) in his career vs. NFC West teams.

QB Philip Rivers is completing 66.7 percent of his passes (70-of-105), the 4th-most accurate mark in NFL. Rivers' passer rating (94.5) is the 4th- highest in AFC.

RB LaDainian Tomlinson has 130+ rush yards in three of his past five games vs. the NFC. Tomlinson (83) needs one TD to surpass Hall of Fame WR Lance Alworth (83) for most scored in career by Charger. Among NFL players with 40+ rushes RB Michael Turner (41) leads the league with 6.8 yards per carry. Turner has seven rushes of 10+ yards in the past three games.

WR Eric Parker has reached a first down on nine of his past 11 receptions. WR Keenan McCardell (10,793) needs 64 receiving yards to surpass Gary Clark (10,856) for 17th on NFL's all-time list.

The club is outscoring opponents 40-6 in the second quarter. LB Donnie Edwards has started 125 consecutive games. OLB Shawne Merriman (4.5) and OLB Shaun Phillips (4.0) are one of five NFL teammate tandems with at least 4.0 sacks apiece. Defense has allowed the second-fewest points (36) in first four games of season in club history (34, 1977).


QB Alex Smith has completed 60.9 pct. (53-of-87) for 691 yards with five TDs versus one INT for 100.3 passer rating in his three home starts. He had a career-best three TDs last week against Oakland.

RB Frank Gore is tied for the NFL lead in rushing (465) and ranks second in scrimmage yards (632). Rushed for career-best 134 yards versus Oakland. He has 23 rushing first downs, most in the NFL. RB-KR Maurice Hicks had his first career TD reception last week (33 yards). He leads NFC with a 27.0 KR avgerage (18-486).

WR Antonio Bryant is tied for third in the NFL with seven catches of 20+ yards. He is averaging 19.8 yards per reception (17-337), second-most among WRs with 15+ catches. WR Arnaz Battle recorded his first 2-TD game of his career in Week 5.

CB Walt Harris had a career-best three INTs last week. DT Bryant Young had 1.0 sack versus Oakland and has 80.5 in career, becoming 6th active player with 80.0. S Chad Williams has 2.5 sacks and one INT with a 43-yard return. Rookie LB Manny Lawson has 2.0 sacks and last week blocked a punt against Oakland.

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