Gates catches record 13th TD in OT loss

Updated: December 26, 2004, 8:54 PM ET
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It was Peyton Manning's day in Indianapolis. But his single-season touchdown pass record wasn't the only milestone achieved inside the RCA Dome.

  • San Diego's Antonio Gates caught his 13th touchdown of the season Sunday, breaking the NFL's single-season record for a tight end.

  • The Chargers' LaDainian Tomlinson ran 16 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, making it 12 straight games with a rushing TD to break the NFL's single-season record.

  • Brandon Stokley caught his 10th touchdown pass of the season with 56 seconds left in the fourth quarter, giving the Colts the first receiving trio in NFL history to each have 10 TD receptions and 1,000 yards in a season.

    Gates broke the record with a 4-yard shovel pass from Drew Brees with 9:24 left in the third quarter to give the Chargers a 24-9 lead at Indianapolis. Last week in Cleveland, he tied the mark, set in 1961 by Chicago's Mike Ditka.

    Since Ditka's record-setting season, three other players had tied the record -- Jerry Smith of Washington in 1967, Todd Christensen of Oakland in 1983 and Wesley Walls of Carolina in 1999.

    Tomlinson had run for just 57 yards before finding a hole and darting up the middle untouched for a score on the first play of the fourth quarter.

    The previous single-season NFL record was 11 straight games. Dallas' Emmitt Smith set the mark in 1995 and Kansas City's Priest Holmes tied it in 2002.

    The overall NFL record is 13, shared by John Riggins and George Rogers, who both did it while playing with the Washington Redskins. Riggins did it in 1982-83 and Rogers in 1985-86.

    Stokley's touchdown catch came on a 21-yard pass over the middle in which he broke free from a defender and was wide open in the end zone. The scoring pass was Peyton Manning's NFL-record 49th of the season.

    Six-time Pro Bowler Marvin Harrison entered the game with 14 touchdown receptions while Reggie Wayne had a career-high 11.

    Earlier in the game, the Colts became only the fourth team in league history with three 1,000-yard receivers.

    Harrison gave the Colts that accomplishment with a 29-yard reception in the third quarter. They became the first team since the 1995 Atlanta Falcons with three 1,000-yard receivers.

    Wayne entered the game with 1,059 yards and 11 TDs, both career-highs. Stokley joined the 1,000-yard club late in the first half with a 30-yard reception. That gave him 1,007 yards. His previous career high was 357 yards in 2002 with the Baltimore Ravens.

    Harrison needed 31 yards against the Chargers for his sixth straight 1,000-yard season and got it on his first catch of the second half -- a reception that helped set up Manning's record-tying touchdown to James Mungro.

    The only other teams with three 1,000-yard receivers are the 1995 Falcons, the 1989 Washington Redskins and 1980 San Diego Chargers.

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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