Bolts Notebook: Staying Alive
TE Antonio Gates (Stephen Dunn/Getty)
TE Antonio Gates (Stephen Dunn/Getty)
Reporter, SDBoltReport.com
Posted Nov 12, 2008


The San Diego Chargers were one two-point conversion away from seeing their playoff hopes evaporate right in front of their eyes. Instead, they are now one victory away from a .500 record and a possible tie for first place in the AFC West. Samantha Fillerup brings her notes and anecdotes from Sunday's close call.

--The Chargers and Chiefs are two of the original eight AFC teams. Of the 97 times they have met, the Chargers have won six of the last nine. Sunday's 20-19 victory not only kept the Chargers' playoffs hopes alive, but also avenged last year's 30-16 home loss to the Chiefs. The Chiefs are the only AFC team to win in Qualcomm Stadium since 2005.

--The Bolts cherished the extra week of rest leading up to Sunday's game. The Chargers have now won five of their last six games coming off a bye week.

--Antonio Gates, who holds the single-season record for touchdowns by a tight end, is back in point-scoring mode. He scored the go-ahead touchdown against the Chiefs and leads all NFL tight ends with six scores. Gates has made a trip to the end zone in three of the last four games.


QB Philip Rivers
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--Philip Rivers went 27-of-36 for 316 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. This marked his third 300-yard game in the last four outings. Prior to this season, he had only topped 300 yards four times in his career. Rivers finished the day with a 96.5 passer rating, moving his season rating to a league-best 106.3.

--Despite struggling for most of the season, San Diego's safeties both left the field with something positive to talk about. Eric Weddle notched his first sack of the season and the team's first since Week 6. Clinton Hart knocked down the two-point conversion that would have won the game for the Chiefs.

--Malcom Floyd was not expected to contribute much this season, but he has emerged as one of the team's most dangerous offensive weapons. He had four receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs, his third score in the last four games.

--LaDainian Tomlinson had 22 carries for 78 yards, which brought his career rushing total to 11,279 yards and moved him past O.J. Simpson (11,236) and Corey Dillon (11,241). This places him 15th place on the NFL's all-time rushing list and soon to surpass John Riggins (11,352).



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