Rivers, Chargers snap six-game skid and beat Jaguars, 31-25

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“How special is 17?,” Mike McCoy said via after Phillip Rivers led the Bolts over the hump in a 31-25 victory on Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Rivers led his team through out of the dark days by throwing four touchdowns and throwing for 300 yards.

The key moment came at the end of the first half when Rivers found his old friend Antonio Gates for a touchdown with 1:50 left. The following possession Blake Bortles misplaced a throw directly into the hands of Manti Te’o, who took the back to the Jacksonville 22-yard line.

River would find magic, yet again, with his favorite target as Gates made the over-the-back catch to cap off a 21-point second quarter.

With that touchdown, Rivers passed Joe Montana on the all-time touchdown list with 274 touchdowns. He would another to Stevie Johnson to secure the victory. 

Rivers also became the 17th quarterback in NFL history to reach 40,000 yards and he’s the fourth fastest to do it behind Drew Brees, Dan Marino and Peyton Manning.

Bortles showed off his skills Sunday, but was ineffective in the red zone as the Bolts held the Jaguars to four field goals in the first three quarters. 

The second-round pick, Denzel Perryman, proved why he could be a solid linebacker in this league posting seven tackles, one for loss and making key plays throughout the game. 

Running back Melvin Gordon still does not have a touchdown this season and has the most touches this season in the NFL without a touchdown. 

Nonetheless, the Chargers ended their losing streak and will face the AFC West leading Denver Broncos on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium. 

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Maxim Garshman

Maxim Garshman is a Bay Area native who now calls San Diego home. He has an expert voice on all things NHL and NFL, and currently works as the Chargers beat writer for Sports Out West.


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