CHARGERS 28Curtis Martin and the New York Jets are off to a hot September start, thanks to another big day in sunny San Diego.
Martin scored on the Jets' first two possessions and became the team's all-time rushing leader, helping New York to a 34-28 win Sunday over the Chargers, who lost quarterback Drew Brees to a concussion.
Martin scored on runs of one and two yards and finished with 119 yards on 32 carries. With 8,185 yards in seven seasons with the Jets, he broke Freeman McNeil's previous team record of 8,074.
Chad Pennington threw two touchdown passes for the Jets (2-0), and rookie safety Erik Coleman had an interception and a fumble recovery. New York is 2-0 for just the second time in 11 seasons.
"September ghosts, whatever, I don't buy into it," Martin said. "We just haven't been playing well in the beginning of the season. We've got the right attitude this year and we are playing better, period."
The Chargers (1-1) were booed often during their home opener. Brees sustained a concussion late in the third quarter on a helmet-to-helmet hit by safety Jon McGraw, who was called for roughing the passer.
Brees finished that drive and was in for two more possessions, throwing a 33-yard touchdown pass to Reche Caldwell to pull the Chargers to 27-21 with 7 minutes 38 seconds left.
Brees was pulled for 41-year-old Doug Flutie with less than four minutes to go and the Chargers trailing 34-21. Brees, upset, threw his helmet and had a heated discussion with Coach Marty Schottenheimer.