Tomlinson continues MVP run

As redundant as it has become, LaDainian Tomlinson continues to pile up the records and MVP consideration. During his down time after the win, he summed up the feeling of the cornerbacks on his touchdown pass "Oh, no!"

In 12 career games against Oakland, LaDainian Tomlinson has rushed for 1,454 yards and 12 touchdowns, an average of 121.6 yards per game.

LaDainian Tomlinson's second quarter rushing touchdown set a new Chargers record for points (138) in a season, surpassing the 135 points of John Carney in 1994.

It was his 20th rushing touchdown of the year, setting a new Chargers record. The single-season mark had been shared by Tomlinson and Chuck Muncie (19, 1981).

Tomlinson would get his 21st rushing touchdown of the year in the fourth quarter on a nine yard run. That run pushed him over 100 yards for the game – his career-best fifth 100-yard game in a row.

Tomlinson broke yet another record -- his own -- with two touchdowns Sunday. It gave him 16 over the past five games, supplanting the mark he set just two games ago with 15 in five games.

"I hope it is magical and hope it ends this way," Tomlinson said of the season, the Chargers first 9-2 start since 1963. "Even with injuries things are still going right."

LaDainian Tomlinson also threw his second touchdown of the year on Sunday. Tomlinson moved to 7-for-9 passing with six touchdowns. It's tied for the second-most TD passes by a non-quarterback in NFL history with Keith Byars, Greg Pruitt and Marcus Allen…Walter Payton (8) has the most.

"LT made a great throw there," said quarterback Philip Rivers.

Antonio Gates caught six passes for 81 yards with a touchdown. He had gone four games without a touchdown and had caught more than five passes just once this year, until Sunday.

"Philip is great at seeing coverages and knowing where the ball is going and how the defense presents itself," said Gates of his chances this year.

The Chargers have won ten straight November games under Mary Schottenheimer and have won five games in a row this year, moving their record to 9-2 on the year.

They are one of two teams with a perfect 5-0 home record (Indianapolis). Only New England has a perfect road record (5-0).

Head coach Marty Schottenheimer moved to 27-7 all-time against the Oakland Raiders. The Bolts have won seven straight games against Oakland, the longest streak in the history of the series.

The San Diego Chargers have scored 19 straight touchdowns without kicking a field goal. The Chargers haven't kicked a field goal since their Nov. 5 game against Cleveland. The Chargers have scored an NFL-best 31 touchdowns from inside the 20 this season.

The Chargers have played 20 consecutive home games without allowing an opposing player to rush for more than 100 yards, the second-longest streak in the NFL.

The Chargers are the only team in the league with at least 1,600 yards rushing and 2,300 yards passing.

The Bolts lead the NFL in sacks with 41 on the season. The Chargers had five sacks today, giving them a total of 14 in their two games this season against the Raiders…it is the most they've had in a season against the Raiders…the previous highs were 11 in 1986 and 10 in 1981.

The Chargers lead the NFL in scoring (353 points) and have scored at least 20 points in all but one game this season. They also lead the NFL in second-half (214) and fourth quarter (136) scoring. The Chargers have the NFL's second-greatest point differential, outscoring their opponents by 137 points (353 to 216). The Bolts own a 125-point differential (214-89) in the second half.

"You have to give them credit," said Schottenheimer. "We scored 21 points off a defense that was allowing 14.2 points over the previous six games."


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