Bolts Notebook: Now We're Talking
OLB Jyles Tucker (Al Messerschmidt/Getty)
OLB Jyles Tucker (Al Messerschmidt/Getty)
Reporter, SDBoltReport.com
Posted Dec 24, 2008


The San Diego Chargers kept their playoff hopes alive with a decisive 41-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Samantha Fillerup shares her notes and anecdotes from all of Sunday's action.

--The Chargers have now won 8-of-9 games in their series against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Chargers continue to be successful in December, as they have won 12 in a row.

--Philip Rivers was nearly flawless as he completed 21-of-31 passes for 287 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He has thrown three or more TDs seven times and leads the NFL with 32 TD passes.

--The offensive line provided ample pass protection as Rivers was sacked just once. The line also paved the way for LaDainian Tomlinson to rush for 90 yards, his fifth-highest rushing total this season.

--Tomlinson became the third player in NFL history to rush for more 1,000 yards in each of his first eight seasons, joining Barry Sanders and Curtis Martin. Tomlinson had 21 carries for 90 yards against the Buccaneers.


WR Vincent Jackson
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--Vincent Jackson became the first San Diego wide receiver to surpass 1,000 yards since Curtis Conway did in 2001 with 1,125. Jackson has racked up 57 receptions for 1,051 yards and seven TDs, all of which are career-highs.

--The 2008 Chargers team is the third in franchise history to have a 3,500-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and a 1,000-yard receiver. The Chargers teams of 1985 and 2005 also accomplished that feat. Rivers has 3,802 passing yards, Jackson has 1,051 receiving yards and Tomlinson has 1,014 rushing yards.

--With the first of his two touchdown receptions on Sunday, Antonio Gates became the fastest tight end in NFL history to tally 50 career touchdowns. Gates accomplished the feat in 92 games, eight faster than the previous record-holder, Jerry Smith. Gates also became the second-fastest tight end in history to tally 5,000 career receiving yards and has 5,017. He is second to former Charger Kellen Winslow, who reached the milestone in 69 games.

-- Brandon Manumaleuna had one reception for 11 yards and a touchdown, his first score of the season. Darren Sproles also added three receptions for 46 yards and one touchdown. Sproles has four touchdown receptions this season after having none coming into 2008.

--Despite having missed the first four games, Stephen Cooper leads the team with 124 tackles. He also has four interceptions in the last three games, including one against Tampa Bay.

--The defense forced three turnovers -- two interceptions and a fumble that was forced by Luis Castillo and recovered by Clinton Hart. It was Castillo's first forced fumble this season.

--Antoine Cason snagged his second interception of the season and ran it back for his first career touchdown. Quentin Jammer delivered the pass breakup that set up Cason's score.

--Shaun Phillips registered a sack on Sunday and leads the team with 7.5. He has posted 3.5 sacks in the last three games.



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