Invesco can't slow Tomlinson's roll

LaDainian Tomlinson had been relegated to an afterthought in the past five games in Denver. He was the only thought on Sunday in their 35-27 win.

With just 264 yards rushing over his first five games in Denver on 77 carries – a 3.4 average – LaDainian Tomlinson had trouble getting it going.

He had no such trouble on Sunday night.

"A lot of credit goes to my teammates," said Tomlinson. "My offensive line does a great job blocking for me. I have been fortunate to have my number called."

"In my eyes, he's the best," said Denver cornerback Darrent Williams. "It's everything: competitiveness, speed, quickness, ability to break tackles. He's always making the big play."

"LT was great," quarterback Philip Rivers added.

And records continue to fall.

Tomlinson's 19th touchdown of the season came in the first quarter, a five-yard run around the left side. It gave him 99 for his career. He has crossed the goal line at least 18 times in each of his past three seasons.

Tomlinson hit the century mark in the third quarter with his second touchdown of the game. His 100th touchdown, coming in his 89th game, made him the fastest player in NFL history to score 100. Jim Brown and Emmitt Smith shared the mark as the NFL's fastest (93 games) prior to Sunday.

Tomlinson also tied the franchise record for single-season touchdowns with his 20th. The tailback had 20 last year to establish a new team record, besting the 19 that Chuck Muncie had in 1981. Two minutes later, he set the new single-season high with his 21st touchdown of the year on a 51-yard reception.

"You have a defensive end covering LT and he has burned them. I wonder when they will learn," asked Rivers.

His 51-yard reception was the sixth-longest catch of his career.

Tomlinson scored his fourth touchdown of the game with a minute and a half to go in the fourth quarter. He tied an NFL record with four touchdowns in successive games. It is the 102nd of his career and it gives him 22 on the year, extending the franchise record.

"He is incredible," long snapper David Binn said. "He can run it, catch it, throw it. He needs to kick a PAT and do the trifecta."

"The guy is remarkable," head coach Marty Schottenheimer added. "I think everyone recognizes the great physical skills he has but they pale by comparisons to the young man."

Tomlinson also became the NFL's second-fastest player to rush for 90 scores. Smith is the fastest (88 games) and Seattle's Shaun Alexander (98 games) had been the second-fastest.

Tomlinson has 19 touchdowns over his last six games to set an NFL record for most over any six game span and he set an NFL record with his 22nd touchdown through ten games. He has at least three touchdowns in each of his last four games – yet another NFL record.

The Bolts are 23-4 when he scores two or more touchdowns in a game.

Tomlinson entered the game with 932 yards rushing and with his 15-yard carry with 11 minutes to go in the fourth quarter he surpassed 1,000 yards rushing on the season, his sixth straight year with 1,000 yards. He is the fifth player in league history to go over 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons; the others are Barry Sanders (10, 1989-1998), Curtis Martin (10, 1995-2004), Eric Dickerson (7, 1983-89) and Corey Dillon (6, 1997-2002).

"I am happy to be in the company of so many great running backs that I looked up to," Tomlinson said. "I marvel at what I have been able to do.

"I looked up to Emmitt Smith growing up, but Jim Brown, to me, was an icon. The man was incredible. I heard Barry [Sanders] talking about this: Jim Brown was Barry's father – he never let Barry live up to what Jim Brown did. My father is 72 years old, so obviously he was a big fan of Jim Browns'. It's phenomenal to be mentioned in the same breath as a guy like Jim Brown."

Lorenzo Neal has now blocked for ten straight 1,000-yard rushers. Neal also played in his 201st consecutive game, the longest active streak among active NFL running backs.

"He is Superman without the cape," said Neal. "I am excited to be on this team and to be blocking for a back like LT."

A 13-yard run with two minutes to go in the fourth quarter gave him 100 yards on the evening – the first time in his career that he's surpassed 100-yards rushing in four straight games.

Tomlinson had never rushed for 100 yards against the Broncos in Denver. You can cross that off the list too.

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