Chargers Soar Past Jets

Gates, Oliver both score two TDs in another blowout win.

The Chargers are going to have to start discounting tickets to fans, because the fourth quarters at Qualcomm Stadium have mostly been meaningless in blowout San Diego victories.

The Bolts rolled to another convincing victory on Sunday, this one a dominating 31-0 win over the New York Jets.

Forget the fourth quarter. This one was over by halftime, as tight end Antonio Gates added to an already full Hall of Fame portfolio with a pair of first-half touchdown catches.

Rookie running back Branden Oliver added two touchdowns to keep the Chargers (4-1) on top of the AFC West standings.

Philip Rivers threw for three scores, stretching his streak to 25 straight games with a touchdown pass. He finished with 288 passing yards.

The Chargers dominated almost from the start, forcing Jets (1-4) quarterback Geno Smith to just 4-of-12 completions for 27 yards in the first half. He was benched at halftime in favor of Michael Vick, who fared even worse, completing just 9 of 20 passes for 47 yards.

Meanwhile, Sunday was Oliver's coming-out party, as he killed the Jets from all over the field. He ran the ball 19 times for 114 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 68 yards.

His nine-yard TD catch midway through the third quarter put the Chargers up 28-0, turning the rest of the afternoon into mostly garbage time.

Malcolm Floyd led the Chargers with 72 yards. Gates added 60 yards on four catches.

The Bolts dominated both sides of the ball, outgaining the Jets 439-151. They had 21 first downs to New York's 11 and held the ball for nearly 18 more minutes.

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