"I can't find that step that everyone says he has lost," quarterback Philip Rivers said. "He was awesome. His value to this team is unbelievable."
There had been people questioning his game. They said he lacked that first step burst that he previously had. He surely didn't lack that burst on Sunday and continually broke tackles throughout the day.
With three touchdowns in the game, Tomlinson leads the NFL in touchdowns with 11 (nine rush, two receiving). He has also thrown a touchdown pass.
"We wanted to come out and be aggressive," he said. "We felt we could have some success running between the tackles. We kept with it and towards the end of the game we felt like they were wearing down."
Tomlinson is the first player in NFL history to score ten touchdowns in each of his first six seasons in the NFL.
His 51-yard burst in the third quarter ensured Tomlinson's 30th career 100-yard game. He set a new season-high in rushing yards with 183 on 25 carries and ended the day with 240 yards from scrimmage. It was the most rushing yards he has amassed since September 25, 2005 against the Giants when he rushed for 192 yards.
"The guys did a great job blocking up front," Rivers explained. "When you run it as well as we did you know guys are getting blocked. LT made some great runs but I am sure he said it – he was running through some holes that were well blocked."
It is his second 100-yard game of the year and first since week one against Oakland. In his only other career game against the Rams in 2002, he rumbled for 120 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.
"People start to wonder if you have gotten old and lost a step," said Tomlinson. "I hate to see what would happen if I was a young man with the kind of holes."
A one-yard run in the fourth quarter gave Tomlinson exactly 8,000 rushing yards for his career, coming in his 86th NFL game.
Only eight players in history have reached the 8,000-yard milestone in fewer than 90 games. Of those seven, five have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a sixth is guaranteed, and Edgerrin James (84) and Tomlinson are still playing. The other backs to accomplish the feat are Eric Dickerson (73 games), Jim Brown (80), Earl Campbell (83), Barry Sanders (83), Walter Payton (86) and Emmitt Smith (85).|
"He is a terrific player," head coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "As I have said before I think he is the best running back I have ever seen. I believe LaDainian Tomlinson is the best back I have ever seen."
"It's an incredible feat," said Tomlimson. "I have a lot of people to thank, including this offensive line."
The Bolts are 20-4 when Tomlinson scored two or more touchdowns in a game and 10-0 when Tomlinson surpasses 200 yards from scrimmage.
Tomlinson also recovered an onside-kick in the fourth quarter.
The Bolts have had 20 rushing attempts in 45 straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL.