Tomlinson Waltzes Past Payton

The Chargers strong-armed the cold in Missouri for a win. Their running game set the tempo for the second half and the Chargers were victorious, 24-10. Tomlinson rushed to his second best game of the season and his 111th touchdown.

--The 24-10 outcome against the Kansas City Chiefs marked the Chargers sixth win in their last eight games and their second road victory of the season. Keeping their opponent to less than 20 points is the key for the Chargers, who are 6-0 when they accomplish that feat.

--LaDainian Tomlinson's running game brought the heat to Kansas City. He rushed for 177 yards, his second most this season. With his two touchdowns at Arrowhead, Tomlinson passed Walter Payton on the all-time rushing touchdowns list. In less than seven seasons, Tomlinson has earned 111 touchdowns. The Chargers are 2-0 this season when Tomlinson scores twice or more and 29-4 since his rookie season.

--Vincent Jackson provided the block downfield that guided Tomlinson up the side for his 110th rushing touchdown. Jackson was also the only Charger besides Tomlinson to score a touchdown in Sunday's game.

--In his fourth career start, Antonio Cromartie intercepted to passes, running his season total to eight. After intercepting passes in three of four games, Cromartie has not made a pick since his three on Peyton Manning in week 10. His numbers contribute to the defense's league-leading 20 interceptions. Drayton Florence accounted for one interception in Kansas City.

--Shawne Merriman played his best game of the season. He found his way to the quarterback three times. By the third sack, Merriman skipped his lights out dance. Merriman has had two or more sacks 10 times in his three-year career. The Chargers are 9-1 in games when he has at least two sacks. Merriman's recent slump ended last week against the Baltimore Ravens, when he had a sack for the first time in five games.

--The Chargers offensive line allowed Philip Rivers to be sacked three times. The Chargers came in having allowed just 13 sacks this season, the second-fewest in the league. The Chargers gave up only eight sacks in their nine games prior to Sunday.

--The opportunity for Craig Davis to stand out against his former teammate Dwayne Bowe never presented itself. Bowe received the ball five times for 55 yards, while the Chargers did not use Davis. Brandon Manumaleuna stepped in to collect 48 yards receiving, just 2 shy of Chris Chambers' team-leading 50.

--Mike Scifres made an uncharacteristic 25-yard punt, which gave the Chiefs excellent field position. It appeared the ball may have been tipped. Scifres has landed 23 of his last 37 attempts inside the 20-yard line. His improvement is vast from the start of the season, when he landed just three of his first 22 punts inside the 20.

--Scifres continued his six-game streak with at least one 60-yard punt; his longest on Sunday went for 63 yards.


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