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Rivers spotted in Chargers loss

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Jan 1, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.sdboltreport.com" target="_blank">SD Bolt Report</a>

    <img src="http://bolttalk.com/images/chargersvbroncos11.jpg" alt="Philip Rivers throws against Denver" />

    Philip Rivers saw his first live action of the season, driving the Chargers to a touchdown on his first series in relief of Drew Brees. The result of the game? A Chargers loss to the Broncos, 23-7.

    The Chargers were down by 14 points after two touchdown runs by Tatum Bell – one coming on the heels of a Drew Brees fumble on the one yard line.

    John Lynch hit Brees to cause the fumble and Brees suffered a shoulder injury on the play, paving the way for Philip Rivers to enter the game.

    Rivers led a ten-play, 69-yard drive, completing a key 22-yard pass to Eric Parker on second and 20. He was also aided by a 28-yard run from LaDainian Tomlinson. The Bolts score came on a fourth and one play from the six. Tomlinson cut behind his linemen and willed himself into the end zone, setting a new Chargers record for most touchdowns in a season with 20.

    The former North Carolina State signal called was also the victim of Lynch, fumbling a ball into his end zone which Shane Olivea pounced on to give Denver a safety and 16-7 lead.

    Starter Drew Brees was ineffective while he was on the field. He ended the day 8-for-14 for 68 yards and the lost fumble. He also threw a ball into the chest of a Denver defender, which was dropped.

    Rivers was intercepted with less than five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, leading to Bell's third touchdown run of the day and a 23-7 lead.

    His official tally was 12-for-20 for 115 yards with an interception and two fumbles.

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