Coming off the 31-0 destruction of division rival Kansas City, there had to be some concern that the Chargers might have a letdown against the hapless 49ers. Those fears proved to be unfounded as San Diego scored on the first drive of the night on a long pass to Vincent Jackson and never looked back en route to a 34-7 victory.
Vincent Jackson, playing in only his third game of the season, caught five balls for 112 yards and three touchdowns. Philip Rivers finished 19-for-25 with over 270 yards, despite being without two of his top weapons in Antonio Gates and Malcom Floyd and an inconsistent rushing attack.
The real story tonight, though, was the Chargers defense. Four days removed from a shutout, the defense managed to keep the visiting 49ers off the board until they had a 34 point lead in the 4th Quarter. Six Chargers defenders registered sacks of Alex Smith and Steve Gregory forced the lone turnover of the game when he intercepted a 4th Down passing attempt during garbage time. San Francisco was not any more successful running the ball than they were throwing it as they totaled only 61 yards on 15 carries.
The game was never in doubt. The Chargers were clearly the better team and it showed. If they can continue to play like they did tonight the rest of the way, they'll be sitting at 10-6 and all that can stand between them and another division crown is if the Chiefs can win out as well. My computer died in the middle of this and I lost the last of what I'd written, so I'll close with, "Go Rams!"