Bolts Notebook: Second-Half Studs
RB LaDainian Tomlinson (Donald Miralle/Getty)
RB LaDainian Tomlinson (Donald Miralle/Getty)
Reporter, SDBoltReport.com
Posted Oct 1, 2008


The Chargers mounted an impressive offensive comeback to beat the Oakland Raiders Sunday and improve their record to 2-2. Samantha Fillerup takes a look back at who and what contributed to the successful outing.

--The rivalry between the Chargers and the Oakland Raiders began in 1960 and the two have met 97 times since then. The Raiders have won the most with a 55-41-2 record, but the Chargers have won 10 straight, including Sunday's 28-18 victory.

--The Chargers were 0-2 this season when trailing at the half entering Sunday's game, but they overcame a 15-point deficit to get a win. They scored three points in the third quarter and an astonishing 25 in the fourth quarter.

-- Philip Rivers struggled early but regained his composure and completed 14 of 25 passes for 180 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. His quarterback rating for the game was 58.8; it had been 120 or higher in every other game this season. Rivers still ranks second in the NFL in passer rating (109.8) and TD passes (10).


K Nate Kaeding
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--Kicker Nate Kaeding had not missed a field goal since the Divisional Round of the playoff against the Indianapolis Colts, but his perfect record fell as he missed attempts of 44 and 47 yards. However, he came through when it mattered most by hitting a 47-yard attempt with less than two minutes to play to put the Chargers up by three.

--LaDainian Tomlinson has dominated the Raiders in each of their 15 career meetings, racking up 1,815 yards and 18 touchdowns. He recorded 106 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries on Sunday.

--LT now has 119 rushing touchdowns as he inches closer to Marcus Allen (123) for second place all-time. When Tomlinson scores multiple touchdowns, it always bodes well for the Bolts, as their record is now 33-5 when he scores two or more times.

--Antonio Gates continues to find his form as he led the team with five receptions for 58 yards and one touchdown. Gates now has three scores on the season despite being limited by toe and hip injuries.

--Tim Dobbins snatched his first career interception and his second forced turnover of the season -- he forced a fumble against Thomas Jones of the New York Jets last week. The pick was the first of the year thrown by Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell.

--The Raiders backfield was sack central as Russell was brought to the ground six times by several Bolts defenders. Among those in pursuit were Luis Castillo, Jamal Williams, Shaun Phillips, Ryon Bingham and Marques Harris. Harris completed the pass-rusher trifecta, sacking Russell, forcing a fumble and recovering the ball.

--Darren Sproles has been stellar in picking up the slack for the injured Tomlinson. As the third-down back, he has become a serious threat on offense and as a kick returner. Through four games, he has 20 carries for 106 yards (5.3-yard average). On special teams against the Raiders, he had five kickoff returns for 160 yards (32-yard average) and three punt returns for 18 yards.



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