Philip Rivers: “Don’t try to run me off yet”

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As he approaches his 36th birthday, on a team with mixed results that have matched his own at times this year, Philip Rivers heard people talking.

But the Chargers quarterback gave some evidence Thursday that he indeed has a little something left in the tank.

“I’d argue with some who’ve said I haven’t played as well the last couple of years,” Rivers said, via Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times. “In some ways, I haven’t. In some ways I have. That might add to it too.

“This was a little bit of ‘Not so fast. . . . Hold on. Don’t try to run me off yet.’ ”

Rivers was brilliant in beating the Cowboys, a 27-of-33 passing day which included 434 passing yards and three touchdowns, a near-perfect 149.1 passer rating. They’d have beaten Dallas by a margin much larger than 28-6 if they’d have had a kicker, but not having a full complement of parts around him has been as much of Rivers’ legacy as throwing sidearm.

That’s why this one was admitted “special” for Rivers, as he got to show a captive holiday audience that he can still get it done.

“I think it’s moments and games like this, where I go, ‘This is what I dreamed of as a kid,’ ” he said. “You’re going to play the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving at 35 years old. What in the world? Does it get any better?’ I think a little of that lets you just go, ‘Ahhhhhh.’ ”

The Chargers are still just 5-6, and have faint hopes for the postseason. But if Rivers can keep playing this way, those chances increase.

13 responses to “Philip Rivers: “Don’t try to run me off yet”

  1. Rivers, Big Ben and Eli all from the top 11 of that same draft class, all in the all time Top Ten in many categories.

    Steelers were said to have Rivers rated the highest but glad Ben dropped to 11.

  2. .
    For years Rivers has been hampered by the a subpar supporting cast. It’s been a decade since they’ve had a decent offensive line, running game and more than one quality receiver. However, he remains a threat to throw for 400 yds every game.

  3. He has played for a crappy fan base his entire career. Even when his team was at its best, they could never get past the Patriots. He has deserved a better fate. If you look at KC’s remaining schedule, it seems likely that this season will end as another miss for the Chargers.

  4. “You’re going to play the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving at 35 years old. What in the world? Does it get any better?’

    Well yeah, winning the Super Bowl. If you don’t do that the season is a failure.

  5. Rivers was awesome,and watching him beat the Cowboys on Thanksgiving was better than pumpkin pie with extra whipped cream.

  6. Rivers is one of those real QB’s which rarely gets the respect he deserves.

    On this Thanksgiving, he showed the pretender that wearing a Halloween Costume of a QB is not the same as being one.

  7. Philip diced and sliced the Cowgirl’s defense the entire game, and the Chargers’ front seven was forcing Dak to make poor decisions. With a kicker, that score would have been 41-6.

    JoeToronto is quiet….I wonder why?

  8. Rivers should find his way out of that team and head back to NY. You remember, the team that drafted him?

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