Bolts Notebook: Stars Finally Shine
CB Quentin Jammer (Stephen Dunn/Getty)
CB Quentin Jammer (Stephen Dunn/Getty)
Reporter, SDBoltReport.com
Posted Sep 23, 2008


The Chargers finally earned the right to exhale on Monday night, although the team doesn't have much time to savor its 19-point victory. But before Norv Turner & Co. get too far into preparations for the Oakland Raiders, Samantha Fillerup takes a look back at notes and anecdotes from Monday.

--The Chargers went into this game 0-2, but played like they were 2-0. It's tough to consider any game a must-win in September, but Monday's 48-29 triumph was exactly that. Only five teams in history have overcome 0-3 starts to make the playoffs.

--Philip Rivers entered the game with a 0-1 record against a quarterback he idolized as a child. He seemed to waiver early in the first quarter and threw an interception that was returned by David Barrett for a 25-yard touchdown. However, Rivers quickly composed himself and led his team on five consecutive scoring drives. Rivers has finished with a passer rating above 120 in every game this season. His overall passer rating of 124.8 is the highest in the NFL.

--LaDainian Tomlinson scored a pair of 2-yard touchdowns in the second half, bringing his career total to 117 rushing scores. The Chargers are now 32-5 when Tomlinson runs for two or more scores. Tomlinson needs seven more rushing touchdowns to pass Marcus Allen (123) for second place on the all-time list.

--Chris Chambers scored a touchdown for the fifth consecutive game dating back to last season. Chambers is tied with Anquan Boldin for the NFL lead in touchdown receptions (four). Monday was the second game this season where Chambers' only catch went for a score.

--Mike Tolbert scored his first NFL touchdown on a 1-yard pass from Rivers. Tolbert has made big plays as a receiver every game this season. In Week 1, Tolbert logged six touches for 41 yards. In Week 2, he made an impact with a 68-yard catch-and-run.

--Two defenders grabbed their first picks of the season, although one is beating himself up for missing a hat trick. Antonio Cromartie dropped one interception, but held onto the next one and ran it 52 yards into the end zone for his first pick and score of the season. The Chargers are now 7-0 when Cromartie thefts a pass.

--Safety Eric Weddle grabbed his first pick of the season and the second of his career. Antoine Cason was not able to force a turnover for the third consecutive week, but he made a touchdown-saving tackle on a 94-yard return by Leon Washington.

--Replacing Shawne Merriman has been a daunting task, but the Chargers looked up to the challenge against the Jets and logged their first multi-sack game of the season. Shaun Phillips, who has been battling a groin injury, netted his first sack. Jyles Tucker raised the stakes and picked up his first two sacks of the season. It was the second multi-sack game of Tucker's career.

--Nate Kaeding remained perfect on the season as he shot two field goals through the uprights. He also ran down Washington on a kickoff return to pick up his first tackle of the season. Kaeding was only forced to make one tackle all of last season.

--Tim Dobbins ripped the ball from the arms Jets running back Thomas Jones, forcing a fumble that was retrieved by Quentin Jammer. The fumble was sweet redemption for Dobbins, who was robbed of a fumble recovery last week by Ed Hochuli's infamous botched call. Jammer was tackled by Jericho Cotchery 16 yards shy of his first career touchdown.



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