Chargers’ skid ends
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - This was the Philip Rivers everyone expected all season.
Rivers threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns, burning Jacksonville’s depleted secondary early and often, and the San Diego Chargers beat the Jaguars, 38-14, last night to snap a six-game losing streak.
The Chargers (5-7) could have used Rivers’s turnaround sooner. The three-time Pro Bowl selection leads the NFL in interceptions (17) and turnovers (21), and was a key part of San Diego’s disappointing season.
He was nearly perfect against Jacksonville (3-9).
Rivers completed 22 of 28 passes - hooking up with Vincent Brown, Vincent Jackson, and Malcom Floyd for long scores - before sitting out the final few minutes.
The Chargers scored on five of their first six drives, then sent the home crowd scrambling for the exits with Ryan Mathews’s 31-yard TD run in the fourth.
The Chargers trail Denver and Oakland by two games in the AFC West with four to play.
And it was another blow to the Jaguars, who endured the most sweeping changes in the 17-year history of the franchise last week. Team owner Wayne Weaver fired coach Jack Del Rio and announced he was selling the club to Illinois businessman Shahid Khan.