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Bolts & Dolts: Philip "Riverboat" Rivers

Philip Rivers' Jekyll and Hyde performance against the San Francisco 49ers challenged the order of "Bolts & Dolts" this week, but it was his playmakers that really stood tall in the win.

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Philip Rivers - 33/54, 356 pass yds, 4 pass TDs, 3 INTs

Was this an above-average performance by Philip Rivers? Overall, not at all. However, his drive to come back from two scores down in the fourth quarter and win the game with a back that is seriously close to being a serious problem was not something that any of us could have expected.

Dontrelle Inman - 7 catches (9 targets), 79 rec yds
Eddie Royal - 10 catches (12 targets), 94 rec yds, 1 rec TD
Antonio Gates - 7 catches (9 targets), 92 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

I'm grouping these three guys together because they were all spectacular. Inman was probably the least likely since he didn't start the game and hasn't really been on the field all season long, but his efforts wouldn't have amounted to much if Royal hadn't shifted back into "playoff mode" and Gates hadn't come through with a vintage performance.

Branden Oliver - 13 carries, 53 rush yds, 3 catches (5 targets), 28 rec yds
Ronnie Brown - 7 carries, 33 rush yds, 1 catch (3 targets), 9 rec yds

A little weird that everyone receiver on the Chargers caught two fewer passes than were thrown to them (with Malcom Floyd acting as the only exception).

Still, I digress. The Chargers offensive line was mostly a mess (I'll get to this in a second), and these guys found ways to pick up yards and first downs along the way. They mostly just hung in and blocked during the late-game heroics, but their ability to put up decent numbers without much in the way of blockers needed to be highlighted.

Trevor Robinson

The last time Trevor Robinson came into a Chargers game, due to an injury to Chris Watt, Philip Rivers led the team to a comeback win over the Baltimore Ravens. This time, almost the exact same thing happened. What Robinson lacks in skill, he makes up for in consistency and predictability. That's the only way I can explain it.

I sincerely hope that Robinson gets a legitimate chance to start at Center for San Diego over the next game (or two, or three, or four) and possibly even a chance to win that spot next season. He obviously has some sort of rhythm with Rivers and he's quite young.

(This is where any and all defensive Bolts would go had the team not given up 8.9 yards per carry. Sorry, Manti Te'o and Steve Williams.)


Chargers Defensive Line

Yes, Corey Liuget recovered two fumbles, but outside of that this group was awful. They got easily pushed around, gave up big running plays, and couldn't get any pressure into Colin Kaepernick's face.

Kavell Conner - 4 tackles (3 solo)

Conner got the start with Donald Butler on IR and totally blew his opportunity. In addition to being terrible at stopping the run, he was targeted 4 times by Colin Kaepernick and gave up 4 catches for 44 yards.