Final

Chiefs 9

(7-7, 2-5 away)

Chargers 20

(12-2, 7-0 home)

Coverage: NBC

8:05 PM ET, December 17, 2006

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA 

1 2 3 4 T
KC 0 3 3 39
SD 7 7 0 620

Top Performers

Passing: T. Green (KC) - 185 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: L. Tomlinson (SD) - 25 CAR, 199 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: V. Jackson (SD) - 3 REC, 66 YDS

LT torches Chiefs, breaks single-season scoring mark

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- It was an electrifying run in a charged-up season.

Record-Setting Night
LaDainian Tomlinson
Tomlinson
LaDainian Tomlinson had a career-long 85-yard touchdown run in the second quarter against the Chiefs on Sunday, giving the Chargers running back:

• His 31st TD, extending the single-season record he set a week ago.

• 186 points, extending the single-season record he set in the first quarter. With a 15-yard TD run on San Diego's opening drive, Tomlinson broke Paul Hornung's 46-year-old NFL season record of 176.

• 28 TDs rushing -- the most ever in a season. He also has three TD catches.

• Eight straight multi-touchdown games, breaking the record he shared with John Riggins.

-- The Associated Press

LaDainian Tomlinson turned a simple off-tackle play into an 85-yard touchdown run, lighting up Qualcomm Stadium and carrying the San Diego Chargers to a 20-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.

"It was absolutely perfect," Tomlinson said. "I don't know if you can draw it any better. Once I saw the crease, and the safety took a bad angle, I felt like I was running track again. ... I felt like I could go all the way."

Sort of sums up San Diego's season to date.

The AFC West champion Chargers (12-2) won their eighth straight and kept the inside track to home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. They tied franchise records for wins in a season, last accomplished with a 12-4 record in 2004, and for their winning streak.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
San Diego's front three clogged interior running lanes and forced Larry Johnson (right) to bounce many runs outside, making the Chiefs somewhat one-dimensional. The Chargers' outside linebackers gave the Chiefs fits off the edge and Kansas City's offensive tackles were exposed repeatedly. San Diego blitzed its linebackers with great success all night.

On offense, the Chargers also had a difficult time protecting against the Chiefs' edge pass rushers and San Diego's passing game never showed timing or rhythm. With their Cover 2 scheme, Kansas City didn't bring an extra defender into the box often enough and LaDainian Tomlinson consistently exploited this poor decision for big gains.

Tomlinson finished with 199 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries to take over the NFL rushing lead from Kansas City's Larry Johnson. It was Tomlinson's eighth straight 100-yard game.

The Chiefs (7-7), playing four nights after the death of their owner, Lamar Hunt, had their wild-card chances severely damaged.

Prior to kickoff, there was a video tribute and moment of silence for Hunt, who died Wednesday night of complications from prostate cancer. He was 74. The Chiefs had "LH" decals on the backs of their helmets.

Hunt was the founder of the AFL and a driving force in the merger with the NFL. He even came up with the term "Super Bowl."

But this night, as so many Chargers games have this season, belonged to Tomlinson.

One play after Chargers long snapper David Binn recovered a blocked punt, Tomlinson burst through a huge hole and outraced cornerback Patrick Surtain and linebacker Derrick Johnson down the left sideline for his second TD.

And to think, Chiefs defensive end Tamba Hali called the Chargers "a finesse team" eight weeks ago after Kansas City beat San Diego 30-27 at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chargers haven't lost since.

Center Nick Hardwick said the Chiefs ran a weak-side blitz, so the Chargers bounced out a play to the strong side.

"They had no idea," Hardwick said. "You just hear the crowd roaring, then pop your head up, look down, see the back of his numbers and cheer him on because you can't do anything at that point.

Elias Says
LaDainian Tomlinson
Tomlinson
LaDainian Tomlinson scored both Chargers touchdowns in their 20-9 win over the Chiefs. L.T. increased his record total to 31 TDs this season, three more than the previous mark, set by Shaun Alexander in 2005. Tomlinson is only the second player in NFL history to break the existing single-season record for touchdowns by as many as three. Don Huston did that in 1942, scoring 17 TDs to break the record of 14 set 11 years earlier by John McNally (a.k.a., Johnny Blood).

Since then, the record has increased by one TD at a time except for 1965, when Gale Sayers scored 22 TDs (two more than the previous record), and this season.

• For more Elias Says, Click here.

"He's a freak show, though," Hardwick said of Tomlinson. "To be that fast at this point in the season, with tired legs, that says a lot about his conditioning and the way he works."

Proving he can light up a stadium like no other player, Tomlinson's touchdown was greeted by a burst of fireworks above Qualcomm Stadium and spotlights inside the big concrete bowl.

Tomlinson said he took a shot to the jaw late in the game when the Chargers were stuffed inside the Chiefs 10, and was hit again later.

"I don't think it's serious. But even if it is, I'm still going to play with it."

The longest run of Tomlinson's career:

-- Was his 31st TD, extending the single-season record he set a week ago.

-- Gave him 186 points, extending the single-season record he set in the first quarter. With a 15-yard TD run on San Diego's opening drive, Tomlinson broke Paul Hornung's 46-year-old NFL season record of 176, set with the Green Bay Packers in 1960. Hornung was a kicker as well as a halfback for Green Bay.

-- Made his 28 TDs rushing the most ever in a season. He also has three TD catches. His totals don't count the two touchdown passes he's thrown.

-- Gave him eight straight multi-touchdown games, breaking the record he shared with John Riggins.

Asked about all the records he's breaking, Tomlinson said: "It's happening so much now, I can't keep up anymore. To be honest, I don't want to keep up. I just keep rolling."

Tomlinson has 1,626 yards to Johnson's 1,516. Johnson had 84 yards on 19 carries.

One play before Tomlinson's 85-yard run, Mike Scifres' punt was blocked by Kansas City's Bernard Pollard, but Derrick Ross of the Chiefs touched the ball beyond the line of scrimmage and Binn recovered.

"At that point it's a first down for someone because they have touched the football," referee Jeff Triplette said.

"It could have turned the momentum in our way but it didn't," Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said. "It got them the ball back, and the next play, the guy makes the big play."

It turns out L.T. isn't quite perfect. He lined up in the shotgun formation on third-and-4 from the Kansas City 7 early in the fourth quarter. He slipped and was thrown for a 5-yard loss, bringing on Nate Kaeding for a 30-yard field goal.

Tomlinson also scored on a 15-yard run in the first quarter. That drive was kept alive when Tomlinson's backup, Michael Turner, gained 25 yards on a fake punt.

Lawrence Tynes provided all of Kansas City's points with field goals of 45, 52 and 24 yards.

His 24-yarder, in the fourth quarter, was set up when Greg Wesley picked off Philip Rivers' poorly thrown pass.

Kaeding added a 22-yard field goal late in the game.

Rivers was a pedestrian 8-of-23 passing for 97 yards, with two interceptions and no touchdowns. Frustrated by a third-down incompletion, he tossed his helmet on the sideline. Trent Green was 23-of-41 for 185 yards and one interception.

"I thought they handled it well and played hard," Edwards said of his Chiefs. "The team played through a lot of adversity today."

Game notes


Chargers LB Randall Godfrey (hamstring) and receiver Eric Parker (neck) were injured and didn't return.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KC
SD
1st Downs1616
Passing 1st downs
123
Rushing 1st downs
412
1st downs from penalties
01
3rd down efficiency
4-152-13
4th down efficiency
0-11-1
Total Plays6863
Total Yards241353
Yards per play3.55.6
Total Drives1213
Passing15188
Comp-Att
23-418-23
Yards per pass
3.23.5
Interceptions thrown
12
Sacks-Yards Lost
6-342-9
Rushing90265
Rushing Attempts
2138
Yards per rush
4.37.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-11-3
Penalties3-237-61
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
12
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession31:4628:14

Passing Leaders

KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Green23/411854.5016-34
SDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rivers8/23974.2022-9

Rushing Leaders

KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson19844.4026
Green133.003
SDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tomlinson251998.0285
Turner7588.3025

Receiving Leaders

KCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gonzalez6538.8019
Kennison6437.2014
SDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson36622.0046
Parker11616.0016

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKCSD
sdTD9:22LaDainian Tomlinson, 15 yd run (Nate Kaeding kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 74 yds, 3:42
07
SECOND QUARTERKCSD
kcFG13:06Lawrence Tynes 45 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 9 yds, 1:44
37
sdTD2:53LaDainian Tomlinson, 85 yd run (Nate Kaeding kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 88 yds, 1:46
314
THIRD QUARTERKCSD
kcFG2:26Lawrence Tynes 52 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 50 yds, 5:48
614
FOURTH QUARTERKCSD
sdFG12:18Nate Kaeding 30 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 31 yds, 5:04
617
kcFG7:03Lawrence Tynes 24 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 33 yds, 3:07
917
sdFG4:41Nate Kaeding 22 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 65 yds, 2:12
920