RB LaDainian Tomlinson (Donald Miralle/Getty)
Philip Rivers passed for more than 300 yards at Qualcomm Stadium for the first time in his career and Vincent Jackson set a career-high with 134 yards as the Chargers rolled to a 30-10 victory over the Patriots. The much maligned pass defense -- led by the sensational play of Quentin Jammer -- contributed one interception and four sacks.
Philip Rivers completed 18-of-27 passes (66.6 percent) for 306 yards and three touchdowns in a clinical dissection of the New England defense. With Chris Chambers out with an ankle injury and Buster Davis merely a spectator, the rest of the receivers stepped up and kept the machine firing on all cylinders.
Malcom Floyd saw his most significant playing time of the season and made the most of it, catching three passes for 75 yards, including a career-long 49-yard touchdown grab in the first quarter. On the opposite side of the field, Vincent Jackson stole the show with five catches for a career-best 134 yards and a TD.
“Vincent has just grown and grown and grown,” Norv Turner said. “He’s having a heck of a year. There was the play in Miami last week that helped us stay in the game. Then tonight, he was a big part of why we were able to score points.”
Antonio Gates also made an impact with four catches for 35 yards and a score. All in all, seven different players caught passes from Rivers.
The defense did its part, limiting the Patriots to three points in the first three quarters and ensuring the game was never in doubt. The key drive came in the third quarter in the form of a goal line stand, as the Chargers stopped the Patriots four times from the 1-yard line. Jamal Williams was sensational in that stretch, proving his chronically ailing knees are back near 100 percent.
The defensive player of the game was Quentin Jammer. Not only did Jammer snag his first interception of the season, but he rendered Randy Moss a non-factor, limiting him to three catches for 26 yards. In Moss’ last two games against San Diego, he’s combined for just four catches for 44 yards.
The runaway victory capped a best-case Sunday for the Chargers. In earlier action, the Denver Broncos lost at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-17, and the Oakland Raiders lost on the road to the New Orleans Saints, 34-3.
The Chargers can only hope their drubbing of the Patriots helps motivate New England, as the Pats host the Broncos on Monday Night Football next week. The Chargers travel to Buffalo next week to play the first-place Bills.