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Chargers 20-0 Scoring Run Keys the Win

Posted Sep 29, 2013

The Chargers go on a 20-0 scoring run to close out the game

The San Diego Chargers suffered a tough luck play with less than 2:00 remaining in the first half.  It looked like they were going to go on a scoring drive to close out the first 30 minutes of action, but Philip Rivers' hand was hit as he released the ball.  Popping up in the air, Sean Lee came down with it and rumbled 52-yards for a pick-six and a 21-10 Cowboys lead.

That play could have very easily been a huge momentum shift in Dallas’ favor as they took an 11-point lead.  But what happened next was a momentum shift – and instead came in the favor of the home team.

Undeterred, Rivers marched the ball down the field for a 42-yard field goal as time expired.  Then, on the opening possession of the third quarter, Rivers went a perfect seven for seven, ending it with a 13-yard TD strike to Danny Woodhead.  Overall, the Chargers went on a 20-0 run to end the game, and many credit those consecutive scores spanning the second and third quarters for providing the spark.

“You just bounce back and keep going,” Rivers said about the team’s mindset.  “I think the biggest thing there, honestly, was the three points we got before halftime.  We turned right back around and got three.  We came in and said, ‘Hey, look, we get it back again, let’s go get one now.’  So we didn’t let it bother us.  We responded to adversity.  We’ve had a lot of adversity, and a lot of close games.  This is what we’ve talked about – finishing it.”

The Chargers head coach whole heartedly agreed with his quarterback.

“That’s the thing that we keep on preaching is that it’s the next play,” said Mike McCoy.  “You have to play 60 minutes.  I was told a long time ago that as long as there’s time left on the clock, you have a chance to win.  It says a lot about the character of our team.  We went right down the field and got the field goal.  There was good clock management there by the staff.  Just taking what they were given.  Then we came back out and scored again.”

San Diego didn’t just score again; it put forth a solid 15 minute stretch that also helped define the tone for the rest of the game.  In addition to the five-minute scoring drive to start the half, the defense forced a punt, getting the ball back with 6:09 left in the quarter.  By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, the Bolts were at the Dallas five yard line.

A major factor in the third quarter’s success was Rivers.  He completed all 12 of his passes in the quarter, which capped a stretch of 13-straight completions.  It was tied for the third-most consecutive completions in team history.  Overall, the Chargers ran 21 plays while the Cowboys had only eight. 

The Bolts would go on to outscore Dallas 10-0 in the final quarter, but the stage was set by the Chargers' drive that ended the first half and their dominating third quarter performance.

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