Dec 6, 2011 1:18 AM by Andrew Masuda
This was the Philip Rivers everyone expected all season. Rivers threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns, burning Jacksonville's depleted secondary early and often, and the San Diego Chargers beat the Jaguars 38-14 on Monday night to snap a six-game losing streak.
"It's been a while," Rivers said. "It was just good to win a game."
The Chargers (5-7) could have used Rivers' turnaround sooner. The three-time Pro Bowl selection leads the NFL in interceptions (17) and turnovers (21), and was a key part of San Diego's disappointing season.
He was nearly perfect against Jacksonville (3-9), adding to the team's tumultuous week. Rivers completed 22 of 28 passes - hooking up with Vincent Brown, Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd for long scores - before sitting out the final few minutes. He finished with a 146.1 QB rating, by far his highest of the season.
The Chargers scored on five of their first six drives, then sent most of the home crowd scrambling for the exits with Ryan Mathews' 31-yard TD run in the fourth. It was a much-needed victory for a team that trails Denver and Oakland by two games in the AFC West with four to play.
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