Bolts Run Away With AFC West

The Chargers silenced the Lions' roar in Sunday's game. San Diego's ground game racked up 274 yards and four touchdowns for their ninth win of the season.

--The Chargers enjoyed an early lead with LaDainian Tomlinson rushing for 116 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. It was his 43rd 100-yard game. The Chargers are 4-1 this season when Tomlinson rushes for more than 100 yards.

--Tomlinson passed Tiki Barber (10,449) to take over the 19th spot on the league's all-time rushing list (10,487). He has the longest active streak in the NFL with 25 consecutive games with at least one run of 10 or more yards.

--Tomlinson managed to turn his season around. After a mere three touchdowns in the first five games, he has scored 13 times in the last nine games.

--Tomlinson's first run of the game was 1-yard short of the 5 he needed to earn a 1,200-yard season. His next rush passed the mark. The drive ended in a touchdown. This is the seventh season where Tomlinson has reached the milestone. Tomlinson needs 228 total yards in the final two games for his fourth 2,000-yard season. San Diego is 6-4 when he scores this season.

--Darren Sproles rushed to the end zone twice and led the team in yards. The two scores were his first ever points from scrimmage.

--The Chargers allowed two touchdowns through the air, but prevented Detroit from scoring on the ground. The Chargers lead the league in the fewest rushing scores allowed at home (one).

--Home-field advantage plays a role in opponents' passing games as well. The Chargers have allowed only nine touchdown passes in seven games at Qualcomm. The Chargers are 6-1 at home.

--San Diego continued its streak of scoring on the opening drive of the third quarter. The Chargers have scored on nine such drives this season, including eight touchdowns.

--Antonio Cromartie set a franchise record with his interception in the fourth quarter. He passed Charlie McNeil's 46-year-old record. Cromartie's 10 picks on the season lead the NFL. He has four picks in the past three games. All of Cromartie's interceptions came in the last nine weeks. The Chargers are 5-3 when he has an interception.

--The interceptions rained down on Sunday. The Chargers finished with five picks on the day and 27 on the season. Matt Wilhelm, Clinton Hart, Stephen Cooper and Shaun Phillips contributed to the high total.

--The Chargers defense kept the Lions to just 26 yards on the ground. Going into last Sunday, opponents were averaging 82.5 rushing yards at Qualcomm, the fourth-lowest total in the league.

--Last Sunday's win came on the ground. Philip Rivers passed for only 142 yards. The Chargers are 8-3 when Rivers passes for less than 250 yards. Of the five touchdowns, just one came through the air. The Chargers moved up to 7-4 record when they pass for two or fewer touchdown throws.

--San Diego is .500 against NFC teams this season.

--For the first time in seven games, Mike Scifres failed to hit at least one 60-yard punt.

Amberly Richardson is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a correspondent for Scout.com. She has contributed to the official Web sites of Shawne Merriman, Lorenzo Neal, Shaun Phillips and others for Sixthman Communications.


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