This Sunday the Chargers face off with the Chiefs in a win and you’re in game. It is a playoff game for the team in Blue and Gold, but there are some interesting things happening record-wise for two of the best players in Charger history. All that really matters is that the Chargers score one more point than KC. But there are lots of fun milestones that could be passed if everything goes well for San Diego’s dynamic duo consisting of Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates.
First let’s talk about Antonio Gates. Earlier in the year, Gates passed Lance Alworth as the franchise leader in receiving yards. He currently leads the Chargers with 9,947 yards. Do the math. That means he could become the first and only Chargers player to pass 10,000 yards receiving with just 53 yards on Sunday.
He can do that, right???
That is not all for Gates. Each time he and Rivers connect, like they did twice last week in SF, it is history. The 73 touchdowns they have connected for is an NFL record for a QB and tight end combo. Antonio, however, did some damage with Drew Brees, too. One more TD from the duo and Gates will hit triple digits. Having 100 touchdowns will bring Gates into a 7th place tie with Hall of Famers Steve Largent and Tim Brown.
One more year like 2014 and Gates will pass fellow tight end (and recently retired) Tony Gonzalez for the TD’s at the position.
But the man throwing the passes has some milestones to pass as well. As a matter of fact, there are a few big ones. With his four touchdown passes in Santa Clara last week, Rivers’ career scoring strikes reached 252. With just three touchdown passes Philip Rivers will pass Dan Fouts as the Bolts all-time leader in TD passes.
He can do it, right???
Dan Fouts is 15th all-time in touchdown passes for the NFL. If he matched last week’s output with 4 scores he would pass Sonny Jurgensen’s 255. The Hall of Fame signal caller is currently 14th.
That is not all. Rivers has thrown 31 touchdown passes in 2014. If he gets three he will match his 2008 mark of 34.
Oh, Rivers is not done. One pass completion of 5 yards and he will pass 4,000 yards on the season. He is the franchise’s all-time leader with five 4,000-yard campaigns.
Keep your eyes out, Chargers fans. You may see history on Sunday!