With six receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown, wide receiver Keenan Allen moved into fifth on the Chargers’ all-time receptions list, passing former Bolts receiver Lance Alworth (1962 – 1970). A third-round pick out of Cal in 2013, Allen has spent all seven seasons of his NFL career with the Chargers. Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson stands 34 receptions ahead of Allen’s 496 on the franchise’s receptions list in fourth place.
The Bolts allowed a mere 218 total yards in Denver, the second-least they have given up in a game this season after surrendering just 184 yards to the Packers in Week 9. Denver was limited to 134 yards passing and 84 yards rushing on 24 carries.
Wide receiver Mike Williams recorded a career-high 117 yards receiving on five catches. Williams caught his third 50-plus-yard pass of the season, a 52-yarder. In the game, the third-year receiver reached a season high in yards receiving, surpassing last season’s previous high.
Quarterback Philip Rivers posted a 106.3 passer rating, his highest in a game since his 108.3 rating in a Week 9 victory over the Packers. Rivers passed for 265 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception, marking the seventh game this season the soon-to-be 38-year-old has thrown at least two touchdowns in a contest.
Pro Bowl safeties Derwin James and Adrian Phillips both made their returns from injury to the Chargers secondary Sunday, amassing four combined tackles apiece. Phillips hadn’t played since Week 2 in Detroit, and James had been out of action since training camp. James was in the game for 56 of the Chargers’ 57 defensive snaps.
Second-year cornerback Brandon Facyson led the Bolts in tackles in a game for the first time, tying a career high with nine total tackles.
Running back Melvin Gordon moved into fourth place on the Chargers’ all-time rushing list by posting 99 yards on 20 carries, passing Ryan Mathews (2010 – 2014). In the game, Gordon also surpassed running backs Natrone Means and Paul Lowe for No. 3 on the franchise’s rushing attempts list and moved into sole possession of No. 5 all-time among Bolts backs in yards receiving.
Los Angeles possesses a +3-point differential, making it the only team with a winning percentage below .500 to have scored more points than its opponents this season.
Austin Ekeler leads running backs this season with 718 yards receiving and seven receiving touchdowns after totaling 51 yards receiving Sunday, including a 30-yard touchdown catch. His seven receiving scores mark the second-most in a season by a Chargers running back, and Ekeler has now moved past former Bolts RB Darren Sproles (2005-2010) for eighth in team history in yards receiving among running backs.