4:15 PM ET, December 13, 2009
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The December trends hold: Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers are perfect, while Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys are perfectly miserable in the most important month of the regular season.
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• The Chargers won their 16th consecutive December game, extending their NFL-record streak. San Diego has won eight straight games after starting the season 2-3.
• The Cowboys have lost six of their last seven December games dating back to 2007.
• Tony Romo fells to 5-9 as a starter in December. Romo is 0-2 in December this season despite throwing five touchdowns and no interceptions.
• LaDainian Tomlinson scored his 10th rushing touchdown of the season. It is his ninth consecutive season with at least 10 rushing scores, the most seasons in NFL history.
• Philip Rivers threw his 100th career touchdown pass, with it going to his most frequent target, Antonio Gates who has caught 29 of the 100.
• Despite the win, San Diego was held below 21 points for the first time since Week 13 of 2008.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Austin went over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. ... San Diego's Kassim Osgood and Mike Scifres did a flying chest bump after Osgood stopped a punt at the 1. ... The NFL debut of a 3D, in-house video was scrapped after just 6:50, drawing one of the largest cheers of the day.
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 13: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys is sacked by Brandon Siler #59 of the...(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.3||6.0|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-4||2-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||08:36||Nick Folk 31 Yd||0||3|
|TD||04:30||LaDainian Tomlinson 1 Yd Run (Nate Kaeding Kick)||7||3|
|FG||10:18||Nate Kaeding 29 Yd||10||3|
|TD||00:00||Miles Austin 6 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Nick Folk Kick)||10||10|
|TD||10:56||Antonio Gates 14 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick)||17||10|
|FG||01:56||Nate Kaeding 34 Yd||20||10|
|TD||00:02||Patrick Crayton 9 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Nick Folk Kick)||20||17|
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