Nothing in Philip Rivers' stat line indicates anything other than an average performance. He completed only 58% of his 36 attempts, and averaged only 6.6 YPA. Ironically, Rivers' one INT was almost certainly not his fault (to be discussed below), and one which was overturned by a dubious defensive holding penalty was a terrible decision. He was fairly effective down the field, going 3 for 7 for 86 yards.
Running Backs: C+
Offensive Line: C
Defensive Line: B
Special Teams: A-
5 Biggest Hidden (i.e. non-scoring, non-turnover) Plays:
- ARZ 3rd and 10 from the ARZ 9. 6:10 4th QTR. Against a 4 man rush, Palmer finds an open lane and scrambles 12 yards for a 1st down to sustain what turned out to be the game-winning drive.
- SD 3rd and 8 from the ARZ 29. 7:34 4th QTR. Rivers mishandles a hot snap from C Rich Ohrnberger, resulting in a 14 yard loss and pushing the Chargers out of FG range and taking away the change for an 8-point lead.
- ARZ 1st and 10 from the ARZ 36. 2:13 3rd QTR. Palmer overthrows TE Rob Housler down the middle, setting up a perfect INT opportunity for SS Marcus Gilchrist, who drops the INT.
- SD 3rd and 3 from the SD 42. 2:29 3rd QTR. Rivers finds Gates open for a 1st down near midfield, but he drops the ball, killing the drive.
- ARZ 1st and 10 from the ARZ. 2:12 1st QTR. Palmer throws late towards TE Rob Housler, and FS Eric Weddle has a chance for an INT near midfield, but he can't hold onto the ball.
Looking Ahead To:
Seeing how well the Chargers handle adversity. Short week, bad loss, hot weather, defending champs coming to town.