I have absolutely no idea how the San Diego Chargers won that game, but I can assure you that they did.
Ryan Mathews averaged 8.8 yards per carry, for a total of 105 yards on 12 carries, and had a 32-yard TD run to boot. He was probably the best player on the entire team and he barely played half the game.
The most memorable play for Philip Rivers was a 99-yard pick-six that gave the St. Louis Rams the lead in the first half. Fortunately, he was bailed out when Shaun Hill threw two interceptions on the day, including one on the goal-line that clinched the game for the Chargers (when a sack and a chip-shot FG would've sent it into overtime).
Overall, the Chargers looked a little friskier than they have. The Rams are a better team than the Raiders, but they also shot themselves in the foot a half-dozen times in this game with poor decisions and stupid penalties (which is atypical for them).
The Chargers will still need to play better than they have been to make it to the playoffs, but between Ryan Mathews and forced turnovers by the defense, there is at least hope that they could.
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