Rivers has Chargers offense humming

The San Diego Chargers put 28 points on the scoreboard after four possessions. It took just 27 plays to accomplish the feat. The Bolts would score on eight of their ten possessions, not taking into account their final possession to end the game – a one-play kneel down. San Diego also went 4-for-5 in the red zone and went 12-of-15 on third down conversions. The offense was overwhelming.

"Being poised in the red zone and not settling for field goals," tight end Antonio Gates began, "We collectively believe that is how you win games."

"They exposed some of our weaknesses, in particular on defense that we continue to have, both on 3rd down and the pass defense," said San Francisco head coach Mike Nolan.

The Chargers crossed the 40-point threshold for the second time this season and second time in their last three games. They scored 40 or more points three times last year.

Philip Rivers set career highs in yards, attempts, and completions on Sunday, passing for 300 yards for the first time in his career. Rivers went 29-for-39 for 334 yards and two touchdowns for a 116.8 quarterback rating.

"Every throw I get, I get better," said Rivers. "Every look I can see I get better as a player. It was a solid performance by our offense."

"Philip is very aware of what is going on around him all of the time which is reassuring to coaches," head coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "You always know he will do the right thing."

Philip Rivers completed 13 straight passes in the first half, two shy of the franchise record for completions. Dan Fouts completed 15 straight on September 7, 1981.

LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for three touchdowns in the first half, tying a career-high. He has scored three times on the ground in one game on five occasions with the last coming November 27, 2005 against the Washington Redskins. He would score his fourth touchdown on the ground in the fourth quarter. His fourth score would tie a franchise record, matching Chuck Muncie, who had four against Denver on Nov.29, 1981, and Clarence Williams' four rushing touchdowns versus Buffalo on Sept.16, 1979.

Tomlinson tied his four-touchdown performance, set against the New York Jets on November 6, 2005, but one of those came as a receiver.

"We moved the ball fairly easily," said Tomlinson. "We felt like everything we were doing through the air was really working for us and we just stuck with it. You have days like that."

The Chargers are 19-4 when Tomlinson scores two or more touchdowns. Tomlinson ended the day with 71 yards on 21 carries and 64 yards on seven receptions.

"We are getting our money's worth from him," Schottenheimer said smiling.

"It's tough because when you go against such a well-balanced offense like they have, with a running back like LT and a quarterback like Rivers who is progressing every game, it's going to be tough," said San Francisco cornerback Sammy Davis of his former team.

Keenan McCardell's 11-yard reception in the fourth quarter, his sixth of the day, gave him 65 on the game and helped him surpass Gary Clark for 17th on the league's all-time yardage list (10.588).

"It is about me making plays to help the team win," said McCardell, looking past his personal accomplishments.

Gates' 57-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was the second longest reception of his career. Gates caught a 72-yard touchdown against the Cleveland Browns on December 19, 2004. Gates ended the day with five receptions for 78 yards.

Vincent Jackson caught a 33-yard touchdown in the second quarter, the longest reception of his career. Jackson has caught two touchdowns this year and his first four receptions of the season had covered 34 total yards.

Eric Parker caught seven passes for 88 yards. He fell one reception shy of matching his career-high, a number he set on December 31, 2005 versus Denver. It is the fifth time he has snared seven or more passes in his career.

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