Gates is now tied with Tony Gonzalez for the most receiving touchdowns by a tight end in NFL history, and Gates feels the record is very special:
“I think it’s special. I really do. I’m honored,” he said. “It’s a privilege to be able to hear my name called in a stadium, an NFL stadium. As a kid, that’s what you dream about.”
San Diego would take a 10-3 lead in the game following Gates’ touchdown, but the Kansas City Chiefs overcame the deficit and won the game 37-27, dropping the Chargers to 5-11 on the season in what could be their final year in San Diego.
Rivers and Gates have now connected on 83 touchdowns in their respective careers, the most by any quarterback-tight end duo in NFL history.
Gates saw a more limited role in 2016 with rookie Hunter Henry by his side, but Gates still finished the season with 53 catches, 548 yards, and 5 touchdowns.
The 36-year-old Gates, who will turn 37 this off-season, recently said he is leaning towards playing in 2017, which would be his 15th season in the NFL, all with the Chargers.
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