October 13, 2008
Rivers, Chargers Finally Figure Out Patriots
By BERNIE WILSON
By Bernie Wilson
Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers solved their Patriots problem - and perhaps saved their season.
Rivers threw three touchdown passes and San Diego's defense stuffed quarterback Matt Cassel on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line Sunday night to highlight a 30-10 win against New England.
It was a measure of payback against a foe that had beaten the Chargers three straight times, including in the playoffs the past two seasons. Rivers drew raves for his toughness by playing the AFC title game with a shredded ligament in his right knee, but he couldn't get the Chargers into the end zone that day and they lost 21-12 in Foxborough, Mass.
He had no trouble Sunday night, when he threw touchdown passes of 49 yards to Malcom Floyd, 4 yards to Vincent Jackson and 1 yard to Antonio Gates. It was the fourth time this season Rivers threw three TD passes; he finished 18 of 27 for 306 yards.
Of course, the Chargers didn't have to face Tom Brady, who's out after knee surgery. Cassel, making his fifth career start, was sacked four times and intercepted once.
After a disheartening loss to Miami, LaDainian Tomlinson said the Chargers were heading into a "critical time." They responded with a fast start and improved to 3-3. Tomlinson became the 17th player to rush for more than 11,000 career yards.
New England scored its fewest points since a 21-0 loss at Miami on Dec. 10, 2006. Sammy Morris scored on 1-yard run with 5:18 left; Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 47-yard field goal in the second quarter.
30 san diego
30 san diego
Originally published by BY BERNIE WILSON.
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