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Game Rewind: 2011 Week 13
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The Chargers snapped a six-game losing streak in emphatic fashion, handing the Jacksonville Jaguars a 38-14 setback before a national TV audience on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. The Chargers scored early to take a 10-0 lead, but saw it evaporate when Jacksonville scored touchdowns on consecutive drives to go up 14-10. But then San Diego put the pedal to the metal, scoring 14 points in the final 1:26 of the second quarter and adding seven more early in the third quarter to take a commanding 31-14 lead. In all, five different players scored touchdowns as the Chargers matched their season-high for points in a game.
Philip Rivers posted a season-high passer rating (146.1) on 22 of 28 completions (.786) for 294 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions...it included a 52-yard touchdown pass to Malcom Floyd, the Chargers’ longest since Week 4 vs. Miami...Rivers also increased his career completion total to 1,842, passing John Hadl (1,824) for second in team history.
Nick Hardwick (neck) left the game early and was replaced by Colin Baxter for the balance of the first half...Hardwick returned to the lineup after halftime.
Mike Tolbert scored the Chargers’ first touchdown of the night on a 13-yard run...with the score he moved into a tie for seventh place on the team’s all-time rushing touchdowns list...it was also the longest touchdown run of his career...Tolbert also led the team with six special teams tackles, including five unassisted.
Vincent Brown caught his second-career touchdown from 22 yards in the second quarter... Antonio Gates helped set up the score with a 23-yard catch to the 22 on 2nd and 20 after penalties had pushed the Chargers back.
Antoine Cason and Eric Weddle combined to set up a Chargers touchdown late in the first half as Cason tipped a pass into the waiting arms of Weddle.
Vincent Jackson caught a 20-yard pass followed by a 35-yarder for a score to put the Chargers up 24-14...the touchdown catch was the 36th of Jackson’s career, tying him with John Jefferson for eighth-most in team history.
Malcom Floyd, who’d missed the previous four games with a hip injury, put the Chargers on the board with a 52-yard scoring catch to open the third quarter...Floyd finished the game with 108 yards on four catches...on the play before Floyd’s touchdown catch, Antonio Gates caught a seven-yard pass on a 3rd-and-4...that catch moved him past Gary Garrison and into third on the team’s all-time receiving yardage list.
Ryan Mathews scored the Chargers’ final points of the night, tying the longest touchdown run of his career (31 yards)...Mathews finished the game with 112 yards on just 13 carries, averaging a stout 8.6 yards per attempt...it was Mathews’ second straight 100-yard game and the first back-to-back 100-yard efforts by a Chargers running back since 2007.
Cam Thomas and Tommie Harris both recorded sacks.
Jared Gaither made his first start for the Chargers at left tackle, while guards Louis Vasquez (ankle) and Tyronne Green (hand) both returned after missing the previous two games with injuries...the offensive line did not allow any sacks to the Jags.