SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 11: Running back Ryan Mathews #24 of the San Diego Chargers runs against the tackle of Leodis McKelvin #21 of the Buffalo Bills during their NFL Game on December 11, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
The San Diego Chargers extended their winning streak to two games and they now sit at 6-7 on the season. The Chargers are clearly a different offense with a healthy Vincent Jackson, Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates on the field at the same time.
Philip Rivers completed over 70% of his passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns after not throwing a single incompletion in the 1st Quarter. Unfortunately, he opened the 2nd half with one of the uglier unforced fumbles you'll ever see that resulted in a defensive score for the Buffalo Bills. Antonio Gates, again, flashed signs that he may finally be healthy. He ended his day with 68 yards and two touchdowns.
The running game in the person of Ryan Mathews was also impressive. He gained 95 yards on only 13 carries in the first half alone. He finished with 114 yards. This was his third consecutive 100 yard game.
The defense held the Buffalo Bills offense scoreless throughout the first half. Buffalo ended the shutout with a field goal on their first drive of the second half after an Antwan Barnes sack ended their drive. Eric Weddle hauled in his 7th interception of the season and Steve Gregory added a pick six. Weddle also picked up a key first down on a fake punt that has to be considered one of Norv Turner's better in-game decisions as head coach of the Chargers.
With this victory and the Packers' annihilation of the Oakland Raiders, the playoffs are still a real (albeit slim) possibility. They've made late season surges to make the playoffs before. Let's hope they didn't wait too long to correct things this time.