29-for-53, 455 yards, 2 TDs
I'm not too fond of the "most passing yards in a game" record. The guys who throw for 300 yards are usually the QBs that are losing a lot of the time and get their stats padded when their team abandons the run. That was pretty much what happened with Philip Rivers this week, but that doesn't mean that he didn't have a really impressive game.
The stretch of the game that, to me, define Philip Rivers as a QB happened in the 4th quarter. With less than 10 minutes left to go, the Chargers were facing 3rd & Goal from the Seattle 2 yard line. Then, after having a TD called back and a 10 yard penalty, it was suddenly 3rd & Goal on the 12. Not so easy anymore....unless you're Philip Rivers.
Not only did Rivers throw a TD pass to Gates, but he then threw 2 two-point conversions to Legedu Naanee. Think about that for a second. It was 3rd & Goal on the 12, which seems like an almost impossible situation to walk away from with more than 3 points. El Capitan then proceeds to throw four straight completions to the end zone. FOUR!
As much as I watch, and praise, Rivers, that was one of those moments where even I was surprised by what just happened. I remember, after jumping around and screaming following the 2nd two-point conversion, stopping and saying to myself "Philip Rivers is really good." Over the next few minutes I got four separate text messages from four different people:
- "Rivers is great."
- "What can't he do?"
- "FOUR STRAIGHT TD THROWS"
- "Rivers is so good."
GAME BALL...........(everyone goes quiet)...........Philip Rivers. (everyone goes nuts)
I always wanted to do that.