Chargers 34, Jaguars 21
The San Diego Chargers looked sharp and played the same way, beating the Jacksonville Jaguars, 34-21, on Sunday behind a quick-strike offense and a defense that proved it was tough, too.
Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes to Antonio Gates, the second of which gave the Chargers a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter and San Diego (3-2) went on to win consecutive games in the same season for the first time since October 2002.
Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich (H.D. Woodson) completed 36 of 54 passes for 357 yards, all career highs for the second-year pro, but was intercepted twice.
"We have a swagger about ourselves that I don't think we showed today," said Leftwich, who threw one touchdown pass and scored on a short run for the Jaguars (3-2), who lost their second straight. "We did nothing wrong but the turnovers. We put our team in a tough situation to try to fight back."
LaDainian Tomlinson gained 56 yards on 19 carries for San Diego, and caught four passes for 78 yards before aggravating a groin injury late in the third quarter. Backup Jesse Chatman came on to rush for 103 yards and a 41-yard score.
"Those guys won the game for us," Tomlinson said of San Diego's offensive line, which sprang the backs for 176 yards. "We had a lot of things go right for us today."
Brees was 17 of 26 for 211 yards and didn't throw an interception for the third straight game. Gates had eight catches for 93 yards. San Diego rookie Nate Kaeding kicked field goals of 21 and 28 yards.