Bolts Notebook: Divisional Dynasty

QB Philip Rivers (Jeff Gross/Getty)

The San Diego Chargers racked up a season-high 52 points against the rival Denver Broncos as the Bolts went on to win their third straight AFC West title. Samantha Fillerup shares her notes and anecdotes from all of Sunday's action.

--Sunday marked the 11th time San Diego and Denver have met in a regular season finale. The Chargers are 7-4 in those games, including 6-2 at home.

--San Diego has won four AFC West titles in the last five seasons and became the first team with a 4-8 start to make the playoffs. The Chargers are the first team to go to the playoffs with a .500 record since the New York Giants in 2006.

--The 52 points the Chargers scored on the Broncos is the most they have tallied versus Denver since a 55-24 win in 1968.

--The Chargers closed out the month of December 4-0 and kept their December win streak alive at 14 games.

--Denver had a three-game lead over the Bolts with one month left in the season. The Broncos are the only team in NFL history to be in first place in their division the whole season and lose their playoff spot in the last game.


QB Philip Rivers
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--Philip Rivers is now 5-1 in six career starts against Denver and finished the season with a passer rating of 105.5, best in the NFL. He also broke the team passer-rating record previously set by Drew Brees in 2004 (minimum 100 attempts).

--Rivers hit 15-of-20 passes for 207 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. His two touchdown passes brought his season total to 34 and set a new team record, which was previously held by Dan Fouts, who threw for 33 in 1981.

--Rivers' 207 passing yards improved his season total to 4,009. This marked the second 4,000-yard season in team history. The first was authored by Dan Fouts, who achieved the feat in 1981 with 4,802 yards.

--Rivers has a wealth of talented wide receivers that entered the game having dropped just 15 on-target passes this season, the fewest in the league.

--LaDainian Tomlinson had 14 carries for 96 yards (6.9 avg), a season-high three touchdowns and a season-long 45-yard run. The three TDs marked his highest scoring output since scoring four against the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 14, 2007.

--Tomlinson finished the season with 11 rushing touchdowns and has rushed for at least 10 TDs in all eight of his seasons. He is the only player in history to begin his career with four or more 10 TD seasons.


RB LaDainian Tomlinson
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--Tomlinson's three rushing TDs brought his total to 126 and broke a tie with Marcus Allen for second place on the NFL's all-time rushing touchdowns list. Tomlinson now trails only Emmitt Smith, who has 164. Tomlinson's hat trick also brought his all-time TD count to 141 to launch him past Terrell Owens and securely in fourth place and behind Marcus Allen (145). He accomplished all this despite having limited playing time in the second half due to a groin injury.

--Darren Sproles has been lauded as the best screen-runner in the NFL; on Sunday, he proved he could do more than just that. Sproles logged 14 carries and led the team with 115 rushing yards and one rushing TD. It was his first 100-yard game and first rushing TD of '08. He also caught a TD, marking his fourth multi-score game in the last two years.

--San Diego's defense held Denver to 91 rushing yards and intercepted two passes from Jay Cutler. Luis Castillo brought in a pass tipped by Shaun Phillips and Paul Oliver caught one in the red zone.

--In the last meeting with Denver, the Bolts defense allowed Brandon Marshall to reign in a franchise-record 18 passes for 166 yards and a score. In the rematch, Marshall was held to six receptions for 55 yards.

--Punter Mike Scifres capped off the season with a 40.9-yard net punting average and set a new team record for single-season net punting average.

-- San Diego's 36-year-old long snapper David Binn finished his 15th season with the Bolts after playing in his 239th career game on Sunday. He holds the record for the most games played and is the only remaining player from the Chargers 1994 AFC Championship team. He will play in his 10th career playoff game on Saturday.

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