The Chargers won their second in a row and the 400th game all-time in franchise history, returning home on a short week and rolling to a 37-10 win over the Buffalo Bills. The Chargers scored first and led 16-0 at the half, but early in the third quarter the Bills kicked a field goal and then 92 seconds later recovered a ball in the end zone that had slipped out of Philip Rivers’ hands and suddenly they trailed just 16-10. The Bills stopped the Chargers in three plays, but facing a 4th-and-2 from their own 30, Norv Turner called for a fake punt and up-back
Antonio Gates scored the Chargers’ first touchdown of the game…he amassed 38 yards on the drive, passing Gary Garrison (7,562) for fourth on the team’s all-time list for career scrimmage yards…Gates finished the day with 7,606 career yards. Gates caught a second touchdown pass in the third quarter, the 75th of his career…he became the 27th player, and only the second tight end (Tony Gonzalez) in NFL history with 75 career touchdown catches. It was Gates’ 14th career multi-touchdown game and first of 2011.
Eric Weddle intercepted his seventh pass of the season in the first quarter…it’s tied for the fourth-most picks in a season in team history…
Weddle’s interception led to a Mike Tolbert touchdown on the ensuing drive…it was Tolbert’s 18th career rushing touchdown, giving him sole possession of seventh on the team’s all-time list.
Rivers threw three touchdown passes, increasing his season total to 22 and giving him at least 21 touchdown passes in all six seasons as a starter for the Chargers (2006-11).
Rivers also appeared to have scored on a nine-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, however the score was nullified by a holding penalty...three plays later, however, he threw his second touchdown pass of the day to Gates...Rivers set up the score with three consecutive passes of 16, 17 and 13 yards to Vincent Jackson, and after the penalty, he hit
Steve Gregory’s interception return for a touchdown (26 yards) late in the third quarter was the first of his career and put the Chargers up 30-10.
Patrick Crayton scored his first touchdown of the season on a 26-yard catch-and-run on a 3rd-down play in the fourth quarter for the Bolts’ final points...earlier, Crayton’s five-yard catch on a 3rd-and-4 helped sustain the Bolts’ game-opening touchdown drive.