Friday, 20 October, 2017

Rivers 3 TDs lead Chargers past Giants

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Clarence Duncan | 09 October, 2017, 00:35

Running back Melvin Gordon did most of the damage with 105 yards rushing and 58 yards receiving, including a 10-yard touchdown catch that gave the Chargers a 27-22 lead with 2:58 left in the game. NY ranks third-to-last in the league with 3.2 yards per carry, and will be without running back Paul Perkins (ribs) today.

Rivers' tenure with the Chargers has been good, but the team advanced to one AFC title game, losing to the Patriots after the 2007 season. Three plays later, Rivers found running back Melvin Gordon in the end zone for the 10-yard touchdown. He certainly does, and 13 years later, clearly couldn't be happier that the New York Giants ended the standoff between him and the Chargers at the top of the 2004 National Football League draft. Why? It led to a safety three plays later when Rivers wasn't expecting a snap and the quarterback swept the ball out of the back of the end zone.

On their next drive, the Chargers responded with a 12-play, 92-yard scoring drive in which Rivers connected with tight end Hunter Henry on a 25-yard touchdown to make it 17-16 Los Angeles at the end of the third quarter.

NYG: WR Sterling Shepard (ankle), WR Brandon Marshall (ankle), LB Jonathan Casillas (burner, returned), WR Dwayne Harris (foot fracture), WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Ben McAdoo won 11 games in his debut campaign with the Giants, but his second season raises some serious questions about his coaching acumen.

They went into halftime with a one-point lead after nabbing a field goal with six seconds to go. Giants RB Orleans Darkwa's 23-yard touchdown is the longest of his career. Rivers (21 of 44 for 258 yards) and Manning (21 for 36 for 183) each missed open receivers deep.

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