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Rivers’ Record-Breaking Day Leads Chargers Past the Cardinals

 

The Los Angeles Chargers win big at home, 45-10, against the Arizona Cardinals thanks to Philip River’s record-setting 25 straight completions.

After a sluggish start, going down 10-0, the Chargers went on to score 45 points unanswered to seal up the victory. The defense had their way with the Cardinals young quarterback Josh Rosen, as he could not get anything going for them after their initial scores early in the first quarter.

However it was the offense who shined for the Chargers, led by their long-time franchise quarterback Philip Rivers. Rivers began the game throwing 25-25 matching the record for most consecutive throws by a QB without an incompletion in NFL history. The 25th completion came on a dime throw to number one wide receiver Keenan Allen, who made a toe tapping catch in the end zone to put the Chargers up 35-10.

Though the streak ended at 25 for Rivers, he finished the game with just the one completion on route to an impressive 28-29, 3 TD, 259 yards day. With that, Rivers also broke the records for the most completions to start a game and the highest completion percentage in a game in NFL history with a rate of 96%.

It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for the Chargers however, as star Running Back Melvin Gordon needed to be helped off the field after suffering an apparent knee injury. Gordon was questionable entering the game because of a knee injury, and looked to have re-aggravated it on a tackle to the same knee. Initial reports feared an MCL tear.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, reported this morning that Gordon actually suffered a grade 2 MCL sprain. Gordon could possibly miss the rest of the regular season, but should be back at the start of playoffs for the Chargers.

Chargers (8-3) will be on the road next week against the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3-1) for Sunday Night Football on NBC.

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