Bolts Downplay Significance of Win

The Chargers had a good day-after feeling, less than 24 hours from thumping the Raiders, 34-7, on Thursday night.

The victory snapped a two-game home skid and was a welcome tonic for a reeling team which had lost five of its past six.

But considering the hole the Chargers have dug -- three games behind AFC West-leading Denver with three games remaining -- the triumph was hardly a cause for a parade.

"It's a win and we take it no further than that," running back LaDainian Tomlinson said.

"We don't want to make it more than it really is. It's one win; we got three games to go with two divisional games. But it was a good confidence boost."

The Chargers defeated the Raiders for the 11th straight time, bursting to an early lead then cruising to just their fifth win of the season.


QB Philip Rivers
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Two of those wins have come at the hands of the Raiders; another one over the Chiefs. It's the Chargers' trouble with teams outside the AFC West which has them in a pickle.

The Chargers rebounding with such a fine showing didn't surprise quarterback Philip Rivers.

"We got a real good group of guys here that have a lot of pride and play for one another and I think that is evident when you are 4-8 and play with the energy and excitement and the care for one another that we did."

After two games in five days, the Chargers have three days off before starting to prepare for their trip to Kansas City. This Sunday, the Chargers will be rooting for the Chiefs -- they play the Broncos -- instead of trying to beat them.

The Chargers were just happy those beating up on them will have to take a break.

"We're excited to finally get back on track," linebacker Stephen Cooper said. "It's taken a while. We've had to go through a lot of ups and downs."

NOTES, QUOTES

-- WR Vincent Jackson had a career-high 148 receiving yards one week after getting shut out in the loss to the Falcons. "I had more opportunities," said Jackson, who had a 59-yard touchdown catch. "I think I had only three or four catches the past few games. I got opportunities and got involved early in the game and took advantage of that."

-- While Jackson enjoyed a big game, the Chargers' top wide-out, Chris Chambers, didn't have a reception. But he wasn't bumming after the game. "Not at this point," he said. "We're just getting wins anyway we can."


LB Shaun Phillips
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-- OLB Shaun Phillips said the difference Thursday night was the Chargers collecting four turnovers. "That's the one thing we've been lacking," said Phillips, who had a career-high 2.5 sacks. "I think we have been losing games because of our inability to create turnovers. When we see that we can create turnovers, we can win games."

-- ILB Stephen Cooper, who had career-high two interceptions, gave coordinator Ron Rivera kudos for his aggressive game plan. "Coach Rivera did a great job calling great defenses, trying to come from the weak side and strong side, trying to get different looks. It was just a good job with the play-calling.

-- Coach Norv Turner was impressed in how the Chargers bounced back after a draining loss to the Falcons last Sunday, which put a serious dent in their playoff hopes. "We had a very short week," he said. "Guys came back in on Monday and a number of them were beat up and had a lot of things they had to handle physically. And then we had to get ready for a game over a short period of time. Obviously our guys did a great job of preparing. They weren't distracted from a stand point of the way things have been going."

-- RB Darren Sproles scored two touchdowns for the third time in his career - it was the first time the two came on receptions.

PLAYER NOTES

-- SS Clinton Hart hopes to return for the next game after sitting this one out with a shoulder injury.

-- LB Anthony Waters (hamstring) could miss some practice time next week.

-- OLB Jyles Tucker (hamstring) was also ailing Friday, but could be OK by the next game.

-- FB Mike Tolbert (shoulder) could return this week after missing the last two games.

-- SS Steve Gregory got his first NFL start with Clinton Hart ailing. Gregory played well, tying for the team-high with seven tackles.

-- OLB Marques Harris will test his ailing hamstring probably the middle of next week after missing the Raiders game.


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