Gates, Phillips starring for Chargers

SAN DIEGO -- Antonio Gates and Shaun Phillips are having big days as the San Diego Chargers are routing Arizona 28-7 at halftime.

Gates had two touchdown receptions from quarterback Philip Rivers. He scored on plays of 33 yards and 26 yards. Gates was wide open on both plays.

Gates has a game-high 106 receiving yards on five catches. His fourth catch of the day was his 500tth career NFL catch. Rivers is a tidy 8 for 10 passing or 138 yards.

Meanwhile, San Diego is playing much better on kick coverage units. It allowed three return scores in its two losses this season.

Phillips is also having a good day. He scored on a 31-yard interceptions return late in the second quarter to give San Diego a 21-point lead. Phillips’ interception return came one play after he registered his second sack of the game. San Diego had five sacks in the first half.

Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt took starter Derek Anderson out after Phillips' interceptions and replaced him with rookie Max Hall.