1:00 PM ET, December 21, 2008
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Rivers directs aerial assault as Chargers stay alive in playoff hunt
• The Chargers became the first visiting team to win in Tampa this season behind a 287-yard, four-touchdown, zero-interception performance from Philip Rivers. Rivers' four TDs are a career-high and his 136.7 passer rating is the second-best of his career on the road.
• The Chargers won the turnover battle (3-0) and outscored the Bucs 21-0 in the fourth quarter.
• Antonio Bryant has 127 receiving yards and a TD on six catches. In his last three games, Bryant has 23 catches for 435 yards and four TDs.
• With the Bucs loss, the Panthers are the only NFL team undefeated at home this season.
-- ESPN research
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Watch highlights from the San Diego Chargers' 41-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bryant had six catches for 127 yards, his sixth 100-yard game of the year. ... Tomlinson boosted his season rushing total to 1,014 yards. ... Rookie Pro Bowl selection Clifton Smith returned a kickoff 72 yards to set up Tampa Bay's first TD.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.4||5.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-4||2-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||1||0|
|TD||5:14||Brandon Manumaleuna 11 Yard Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 59 yds, 3:56
|TD||2:44||B.J. Askew 1 Yard Run (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 11 yds, 2:25
|TD||13:37||Antonio Gates 15 Yard Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 69 yds, 4:13
|FG||5:37||Nate Kaeding 28 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 12 plays, 75 yds, 6:13
|FG||0:22||Matt Bryant 49 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 8 plays, 49 yds, 1:39
|FG||0:04||Nate Kaeding 57 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 2 plays, 25 yds, 0:17
|TD||7:47||Jeff Garcia 7 Yard Run (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 78 yds, 7:19
|TD||5:19||Antonio Bryant 71 Yard Pass From Jeff Garcia (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 82 yds, 1:15
|TD||15:00||Antonio Gates 5 Yard Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 63 yds, 5:12
|TD||7:29||Darren Sproles 32 Yard Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 46 yds, 2:06
|TD||3:13||Antoine Cason 59 Yard Interception Return (Nate Kaeding Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 29 yds, 4:18