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Rivers Historic Game Lifts Bolts to Victory
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Philip Rivers had just finished one of the greatest statistical games in NFL history as he stepped to the podium following the Chargers 31-13 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
The quarterback completed 18-of-20 passes, a 90%-completion percentage that tied for the fifth-highest of all-time.
But Rivers wasn’t satisfied.
Instead, the first thing out of his mouth was the interception he threw in the end zone to end the first half, his lone ill-advised throw of the night.
“Too bad there was one terrible throw,” he said. “When you win, I can lean about 51-percent towards the 90-percent of the passes. Had we not won, it would have been 100% on the one throw. It was just a terrible play. There’s really no other way to describe it. I know better, but again, you’re trying to will something that’s not there. Other than that, there’s not much I want back tonight. Hopefully we can build on that.”
In all honestly, it was the only blemish of Rivers night. The other incompletion came on a ball he intentionally threw out of the back of the end zone.
Instead there was one perfect throw after another. It started with a dazzling, full-extension grab by Seyi Ajirotutu in the first quarter followed by a nicely zipped ball to Antonio Gates for a touchdown. Then there was a 30-yard quick strike to Danario Alexander and later a back shoulder touchdown pass to Malcom Floyd.
“When Philip is on, it’s a beautiful thing,” said center Nick Hardwick. “I can’t really appreciate it while the game is going on because of all the stuff I have to do, but when you watch it on film, I’m just always impressed.”
So are the guys who catch those balls.
“I had no idea Philip had those kinds of numbers and completions until you told me, but it doesn’t really surprise me,” said Dante Rosario. “If anyone can do that, it’s him. I knew he was being efficient. Philip’s a competitor and a great player. I’m sure he expects that out of himself, so I guess it doesn’t really come as a surprise knowing what his attitude is and the work he puts in.” Read