Insider's Take: Patriots vs. Bolts

QB Philip Rivers (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)

A number of things clicked for the Bolts against the Patriots on Sunday. QB Philip Rivers displayed an accurate and steady arm in leading the Bolts to a 30-10 victory and a 3-3 record. SDBoltReport.com's Jaime Cattano takes a closer look at what worked, what didn't work and what's next for the Bolts.

What Worked

-QB Philip Rivers found a productive rhythm against the Patriots. As he has struggled to find consistency this season, Rivers upped the bar by producing the fifth 300-yard passing performance of his career and his first at Qualcomm Stadium. Improving his home record to 17-2, Rivers hit on 18 of 27 passes for 306 yards and three TDs.

-Rivers' receivers proved to be in sync with him from the get-go. On the first play of the game, Rivers found Vincent Jackson with a 48-yard pass. Giving the best single-game performance of his career, Jackson ended the game with five catches for 134 yards and touchdown. On the second drive of the night, Rivers continued stretching the field by finding WR Malcom Floyd for a 49-yard touchdown.

-RB LaDainian Tomlinson gathered 74 hard-earned yards on 20 carries to lead the Bolts' rushers. In the first quarter, Tomlinson surpassed 11,000 career rushing yards on a short run. LT became the 17th player in NFL history and the fourth-fastest to reach the milestone.


CB Quentin Jammer
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-CB Quentin Jammer made a huge splash in the secondary by holding Patriots WR Randy Moss to a mere three catches. Jammer grabbed his first interception of the season and also deflected a season-high five passes.

-The Chargers defense showed impressive aggression by sacking New England's QB Matt Cassel four times in his fourth career start. The Bolts also forced the Patriots to punt five times and kept them out of the end zone until late in the fourth quarter.

What Didn't Work

-P Mike Scifres registered an average of only 39.2 yards, marking his lowest number all season. His longest punt of the night, 46 yards, was still well below his season average (50.7 yards).

-WR Buster Davis was slated to start opposite Jackson because Chris Chambers was sidelined for an ankle injury. However, Davis failed to see the field due to a groin injury. Seeing as Floyd shined in Davis' absence, it may be a long while until Davis works his way back into the rotation.

-Rookie RB Jacob Hester fumbled the ball in the fourth quarter, marking the Bolts' only turnover. Like Davis, Hester may have played his way out of the rotation.

What's Next

The Bolts will head to Buffalo to meet the AFC East-leading Bills. Sunday's game will mark San Diego's final game against the AFC East this season.

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