--QB Philip Rivers did a good job of protecting the football as the Chargers finished without any turnovers. Rivers did fumble once, but recovered it himself on a heads-up play. In contrast, the Chargers recovered all three of the Atlanta Falcons' fumbles, which led to all of San Diego's points.
--S Eric Weddle scored his first career touchdown on a fumble return in the third quarter, setting a team record with his 86-yard fumble return for a score.
--CB Quentin Jammer made an impressive mark once again. He led the team with eight solo tackles and added two forced fumbles, one of which he recovered himself.
What Didn't Work
--Just how bad have things gotten for RB LaDainian Tomlinson? FB Jacob Hester was the team's leading rusher with a measly 28 yards, all of which came on a fake punt in the fourth quarter.
--Tomlinson gave his weakest running performance of the season, collecting a mere 24 yards on 14 carries (1.7 avg). The Bolts recorded a total of 70 rushing yards, less than half of Atlanta's total (141).
WR Vincent Jackson
--In the second quarter, Rivers dropped back under pressure and was whistled for intentional grounding in the end zone for a safety. This gave the Falcons a 15-7 lead, which they brought into halftime. The Chargers have given up safeties in two of the last three games.
--Rookie QB Matt Ryan connected on 17-of-23 passes for 207 yards and two scores. The Falcons averaged an impressive 9 yards per pass, more than twice as much as San Diego (4 yards).
--The Falcons held a 9:58 advantage in time of possession. With so much more time controlling the ball, it's no wonder the Falcons were able to gather a total of 348 net yards to the Bolts' mere 201.
--Rivers was sacked three times as the Falcons owned the line of scrimmage. OG Scott Mruczkowski, starting in place of Kris Dielman (flu), struggled to give Rivers a clean pocket to step into.
--Penalties once again were an alarming force against the Bolts. San Diego posted nine penalties for a loss of 84 yards, including a 40-yard pass interference penalty against Weddle. The Falcons only gave up 20 yards on three penalties.
--K Nate Kaeding's 43-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter was blocked by Falcons DE Jamaal Anderson and returned by LB Curtis Lofton for 19 yards.
With a 4-8 record, the Bolts are scrapping for a win as they gear up to host the Oakland Raiders on Thursday. After a 28-18 win over the Raiders in Week 4, the Bolts look to another victory against their rivals. San Diego has won 10 straight in this series; if the Bolts can't beat the Raiders, they may not be able to beat anybody.