4:15 PM ET, December 10, 2006
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- LaDainian Tomlinson had barely swept into the end zone and the record book when he was engulfed by the behemoths on his offensive line.They hoisted him onto their shoulders and carried him toward the sideline, with Tomlinson holding the ball high in his right hand and waving his left index finger, a 48-20 win over the Denver Broncos and the AFC West title all wrapped up.
San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson recorded three scoring runs against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, breaking the NFL record for most touchdowns in a season.
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San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson moved into third place for most rushing touchdowns in a season after scoring on runs of 1, 6 and 7 yards against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
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For the second time in a month, San Diego showed Denver who's best. Denver lost to San Diego four weeks ago, a loss that triggered a four-game losing streak. On this day, San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson again stole the show, rushing for three TDs.
Even though Tomlinson went over the 100-yard mark again, it was TE Antonio Gates (above) who set the pace in the first half. Gates' ability to get involved early opened up San Diego's offense. Jay Cutler played better for Denver in his second start, but there is no spark to the offense, and the defense is starting to wear down.
Tomlinson has scored 174 points this season, three shy of breaking Paul Hornung's single-season record of 176 set in 1960. ... He's the first back in San Diego history to have eight 100-yard rushing games.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.3||7.0|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||10:10||Antonio Gates 12 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick) |
Drive: 4 plays, 44 yds, 2:17
|TD||14:55||Lorenzo Neal 4 Yd Run (Nate Kaeding Kick) |
Drive: 6 plays, 54 yds, 2:57
|FG||2:11||Jason Elam 34 Yd |
Drive: 5 plays, 59 yds, 2:16
|TD||4:45||Ladainian Tomlinson 1 Yd Run (Nate Kaeding Kick) |
Drive: 5 plays, 53 yds, 2:34
|TD||14:37||Antonio Gates 7 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick) |
Drive: 13 plays, 80 yds, 6:19
|TD||4:25||Tony Scheffler 28 Yd Pass From Jay Cutler (Jason Elam Kick) |
Drive: 7 plays, 71 yds, 3:26
|TD||5:13||Tony Scheffler 11 Yd Pass From Jay Cutler (Jason Elam Kick) |
Drive: 3 plays, 27 yds, :40
|FG||13:58||Jason Elam 33 Yd |
Drive: 10 plays, 78 yds, 5:08
|FG||2:08||Nate Kaeding 34 Yd |
Drive: 7 plays, 64 yds, 3:10
|FG||6:45||Nate Kaeding 35 Yd |
Drive: 7 plays, 29 yds, 2:43
|TD||11:03||Ladainian Tomlinson 6 Yd Run (Nate Kaeding Kick) |
Drive: 5 plays, 20 yds, 2:54
|TD||11:50||Ladainian Tomlinson 7 Yd Run (Nate Kaeding Kick) |
Drive: 1 plays, 7 yds, :05