Skip to content

Rivers delivers late

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers paid his first visit to the team that picked him and then traded him on draft day 2004, and he had an up-and-down game with a decidedly up ending.

Rivers completed 24 of 36 passes for 209 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions today against the New York Giants, but this game will be remembered for his five completions on a masterful final drive that led the Chargers from down 20-14 to ahead 21-20. Rivers’ final throw was an 18-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson with 21 seconds remaining.

Rivers ran across the field to celebrate with Jackson after that touchdown, but after the game he said it was the offensive line’s protection that truly deserved credit.

“You got to give credit to that O-line, knowing against that pass rush we’re throwing on every down,” Rivers told Tiki Barber on NBC’s Football Night in America. “This is as exciting a finish, I believe, as we’ve had in a long time.”

The win improves the Chargers’ record to 5-3. The Giants, losers of four straight, fall to 5-4.

Permalink 19 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: New York Giants, Rumor Mill, San Diego Chargers, Sprint Football Live - Rumors, Top Stories
19 Responses to “Rivers delivers late”
  1. Brat Favre says: Nov 8, 2009 8:30 PM

    Philip Rivers is still a whiner and Jay Cutler is still a pussy.

  2. Treezs says: Nov 8, 2009 8:31 PM

    Top 3 without a doubt, IMO the best right now.

  3. Boltman2U says: Nov 8, 2009 8:51 PM

    Wow, several weeks ago a “BIGBLUEFAN” said that the Giants would walk all over the Chargers. He also said that Rivers could not even carry Eli’s jockstrap…. Well at least you have the Yankees…

  4. Juveputazo says: Nov 8, 2009 8:59 PM

    U can’t go wrong with eather QB but rivers just seems to have that never say never attitude and proved he’s a winner at heart

  5. VikingsPimp says: Nov 8, 2009 9:03 PM

    The Wild Card in the NFC just got a lot more confusing. Anyone else believe like I do the Giants dont sniff the playoffs?

  6. VikingsPimp says: Nov 8, 2009 9:13 PM

    That last Rivers drive was clutch and that TD to jackson won me my fantasy matchup. God Bless Phillip Rivers!

  7. Richm2256 says: Nov 8, 2009 9:14 PM

    Juveputazo:”rivers just seems to have that never say never attitude and proved he’s a winner at heart”
    ummmmm……. what exactly has he ever won?

  8. dlmcc0909 says: Nov 8, 2009 9:39 PM

    “Top 3 without a doubt, IMO the best right now.”
    This is the dumbest comment ive seen on here in a long time, and thats saying alot. Rivers is real good. No way is he better than Manning, Brees, or Tom Brady. Not even close.

  9. Treezs says: Nov 8, 2009 9:51 PM

    “This is the dumbest comment ive seen on here in a long time, and thats saying alot. Rivers is real good. No way is he better than Manning, Brees, or Tom Brady. Not even close.”
    Rivers doing it with ZERO running game. As in, Chargers ranked 32 out of 32 in rushing. Top 3 in passing. Who are the receivers? Rivers makes Jackson. Shaky OL feeling pressure almost every play. Enjoy!

  10. TheDPR says: Nov 8, 2009 9:51 PM

    Rivers is a very good QB but there is still something not right with that offense. LT isn’t very good anymore and they seem reluctant to hurt his feelings by playing their franchise player, Sproles, more on offense. Until they establish a running game, they’re going to need a lot more desperation drives by Rivers to win games.

  11. Niceh11 says: Nov 8, 2009 10:03 PM

    Juvepatazo–Really? Rivers has more of a never say die attitude?
    How many rings does Rivers have? Did you watch the 2007 playoffs?
    Who’s got more gut dude? The guy with the greatest playoff run and comeback super bowl drive EVER under his belt, or a guy who just won a game on sunday in autumn?

  12. Peter Stanley says: Nov 8, 2009 10:06 PM

    Funny how it ended – Rivers -TD , Nate Kaeding Kicked the extra point and Shawne Merriman got the game ending sack , all making major plays in the final moments – all gotten in the trade for Sheli – Rivers owned Sheli in this game – he came through and Sheli folded.

  13. Bob S. says: Nov 8, 2009 10:25 PM

    Tynes balked!

  14. jkorn1818 says: Nov 8, 2009 10:49 PM

    Peter Stanley says:
    November 8, 2009 10:06 PM
    Funny how it ended – Rivers -TD , Nate Kaeding Kicked the extra point and Shawne Merriman got the game ending sack , all making major plays in the final moments – all gotten in the trade for Sheli – Rivers owned Sheli in this game – he came through and Sheli folded.
    ___________________________________
    You clearly didnt watch the game. Another ignorant fan. Last i checked, eli doesnt play defense nor make those insane play calls when they could have iced the game. Rivers owned eli?
    rivers 24 for 36 209 yards 3 tds 2 picks
    manning 25 for 33 215 2 td’s and zero picks
    where did eli fold? he got out of constant pressure all game and it isnt his fault his D couldnt hold it, nor Gilbrides play calling. Watch the game before you talk, kind of corny to just come on and post just to post, not original either with the same eli nonsense.

  15. Peter Stanley says: Nov 8, 2009 11:15 PM

    Funny I remember him getting sacked by Merriman and the Gmen settling for a field goal when they really needed a TD – he folded – when Rivers got the ball with 2 min left he rolled down the field and got the game winning TD – Sheli could of put the game away but couldn’t produce when it counted – stats mean NOTHING if you don’t win the game – what game were you watching – oh a Gmen homer – your team was so great they lost the game!

  16. jkorn1818 says: Nov 9, 2009 12:31 AM

    again, clueless, last i checked manning wasnt calling the plays nor a running back, its hard to say he “folded” when he doesnt call the plays and didnt turn it over. when they could have iced the game, jacobs run got called back for a hold, then they kept running. he is the qb, not the rb, and he didnt call the plays, he threw all over SD today. How is david diehl blowing coverage and him getting sacked by merriman on his blind side his fault? Im a giant fan but any fan could see what you are saying is completely asinine. when they really needed a td, their brain dead coordinator called all running plays and the play that got them in was called back. when did i say they were great? they called a horrible game on both ends of the ball, should have went for it on 4th and the d couldnt make a stop. thats far from great, but still, none of that equates to eli. Youre simply bashing eli and that whole argument is corny and played out already. if youre going to talk shit, talk about the poor play calling and the run calls and the defense not holding them, use some common sense guy.

  17. jkorn1818 says: Nov 9, 2009 12:34 AM

    funny you say stats mean nothing if you dont win, your argument is completely done. everyone cries how rivers puts up better “stats” but hes never won a thing. you cant have it both ways. bash “sheli” all you want, but hes a winner, and sorry, he outplayed rivers today, his defense didnt come through, anyone who watched the game and knows football knows thats the case. come up w something that makes sense next time instead of that whole eli business.

  18. Filbertkiwi71 says: Nov 9, 2009 10:15 AM

    # jkorn1818 says: November 9, 2009 12:34 AM
    “funny you say stats mean nothing if you dont win, your argument is completely done. everyone cries how rivers puts up better “stats” but hes never won a thing. you cant have it both ways. bash “sheli” all you want, but hes a winner, and sorry, he outplayed rivers today, his defense didnt come through, anyone who watched the game and knows football knows thats the case. come up w something that makes sense next time instead of that whole eli business.”
    ===
    And what has Eli won? IMO, it is pretty clear that he got the SB MVP because his last name is Manning, and for no other reason. The Giants were a complete team and won the SB in spite of Eli’s play, not because of it. He threw a ball that Samuel should have intercepted, and that should have locked up the SB for the Pats. Granted, coulda, woulda, shoulda, Giants won the SB regardless, but lets not make the mistake of making Eli some sort of franchise QB. He clearly is not, IMO. He doesn’t exude any leadership qualities.
    And I am never going to cut any QB any slack who refuses to go to the team that drafted him. Eli can’t fill Elway’s jock, but I don’t like Elway any better than Eli.
    I don’t think you would be singing the praises of Eli, if he were drafted by the Giants and if he refused to play for them, and basically forced a trade.
    IMO, there is nothing remotely likable about the guy, and I used to be a big fan of his father Archie when he played for the Saints, Oilers, and Vikings. Not anymore.

  19. LightningLucci says: Nov 9, 2009 11:13 AM

    The “never won anything” argument is so silly.
    Rivers had five college bowl MVPs. He’s had success in the NFL playoffs. Do those things equal anything near a Super Bowl?
    But, if we go solely by Super Bowls:
    Trent Dilfer = Eli Manning
    Trent Dilfer > Dan Marino
    How about a different example? Peyton Manning did even less than Rivers. Lost all those big college games. Repeated failures in the playoffs. Then, finally one day, he won a Super Bowl. Did he suddenly become great after beating down an overmatched Bears team? No, he was great before then.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!