LaDainian Tomlinson's 22-yard run in the first quarter was his ninth run of 20 or more yards this year. His highest total ever in a season is 12 rushes of 20 or more yards, a feat he accomplished in 2002 and 2003. Tomlinson's 51-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was his tenth run of 20 or more yards.
"We knew what they had with LaDainian back there," said Bills defensive lineman Ryan Denney. "And he busted that big one on us,"
Tomlinson had six carries for 86 yards in the first quarter and surpassed the 100-yard mark in the second quarter, his sixth straight 100-yard game and seventh of the year, tying the team's single-season record that Don Woods set in 1974 and he tied in 2002 for most 100-yard games.
"They had pretty much everyone up in the box," Tomlinson explained. "We were able to bust out positive runs at times."
Tomlinson is two touchdowns shy of tying Shaun Alexander's record for most touchdowns in a season with four games to play. His 26 touchdowns on the season place him in a tie for third-most ever in a single season with Marshall Faulk (2000, St. Louis).
Tomlinson took over sole possession of 13th place on the all-time list with 106 total touchdowns, passing Tim Brown and Don Hutson. Barry Sanders sits 12th on the list with 109 touchdowns.
His 51-yard touchdown run pushed his season total over 1,200 yards rushing. He is just the second player in NFL history to start his career with six straight 1,200-yard seasons (Eric Dickerson, 1983-89).
Tomlinson ended the day with 172 rushing on 28 carries. It was the fifth-most by an Bills' opponent rusher all time.
"I can't think of somebody that's playing better than him right now," said Bills defensive lineman Larry Tripplett of Tomlinson. "He's a good back and he was able to get it done. It wasn't breakdowns up front, he has good vision and he was able to make plays."
"The leaders of the team are making sure guys stay focused," Tomlinson said.
Vincent Jackson had an eight-yard run in the first half on an end-around, the first rush of his career.
Antonio Gates caught seven passes for 91 yards on Sunday, including his sixth touchdown of the season.
"They were stacking the box and left Gates – whenever you see 85 on a safety we feel like we have the advantage there," Philip Rivers said of finding his tight end for a touchdown.
Rivers was charged with three fumbles, one on a snap that he recovered and another on a sack that Mike Goff pounced on. The third occurred as he swung his arm back to throw a pass and was recovered by Buffalo deep in San Diego territory Rivers has seven fumbles on the year but has lost just two fumbles to the opposition.
Rivers threw for 160 yards on 17-of-29 passing with one touchdown.