The Los Angeles Chargers improved to 6-2 and notched their fifth-straight win in the process by beating the Seattle Seahawks, 25-17.
Offense: Keenan Allen – Although he was held without a touchdown, Keenan Allen was a force all afternoon on Sunday. He finished the day with six receptions for 124 yards. Additionally, he had two rushing attempts good for 28. This was the 20th 100-yard game of his career, tying WR Wes Chandler for the sixth-most 100-yard performances in Chargers history.
Defense: Desmond King – To say King's pick-six in the fourth quarter was a difference maker is an understatement. His play made it 25-10, good for a two-score game at that point. The pick-six was the second of his career and made him just the sixth player in NFL history and second defensive back ever to post multiple pick-sixes and at least four sacks over the first two seasons of his career.
Unsung Hero: Jahleel Addae – Jahleel Addae's play at the end of the game sealed the win for the Bolts. He got a hand on Russell Wilson's pass to knock it out of reach from David Moore. He also had a monster sack in the second quarter, good for a loss of 13, to bring up a punt two plays later. Additionally, Addae finished the game with 10 total tackles, one tackle for loss and one quarterback hit.
Stat of the Game:
Philip Rivers became only the fourth quarterback to ever start 200 consecutive games, joining Brett Favre, Eli Manning and Peyton Manning.
Play of the Game:
Backed up deep at their own 12-yard line facing a 3rd-and-15, the offensive line gave Philip Rivers enough time to launch a picture-perfect pass deep downfield to Keenan Allen. The wideout deked his way for a 54-yard gain. It set up a Melvin Gordon touchdown as the running back raced 34 yards to the end zone one play later.
Facing a 1st-and-10 from their own 36, Russell Wilson stepped back and threw a pass in the direction of David Moore. However, Desmond King, who was well in front of the receiver, intercepted the ball and ran it back 42 yards for the score. The play gave the Chargers a 25-10 lead, making it a two-score game. That proved to be pivotal later on, as Seattle attempted a comeback to tie, but fell short.
It Was Over When:
With no time on the clock, the Seahawks had a 1st-and-goal from the six. Russell Wilson stepped back and threw a short pass in the direction of Moore, however, Jahleel Addae got a finger on the ball to knock it out of reach. The pass fell incomplete giving the Bolts the win.
"We knew this was going to be a test. ... They passed the test. We talked about it all week. We need a game like this on the road in this environment for us to be a winning football team. They felt challenged by it and they came out and they played hard." – Head Coach Anthony Lynn
"We're leaning on each other, we're doing a nice job of leaning on each other and truly there's not one side carrying the other. These are team wins and those are big, especially as we get down this back second half of the season." – QB Philip Rivers
Odds and Ends
The Bolts' 6-2 record is their best start since 2006. They also went 4-0 in the second quarter of the season for the first time since 2000 and won five-straight for the first time since Weeks 2 through 6 of the 2014 season.
The Chargers outgained the Seahawks in total yardage 375-356. They held advantages on the ground, 160 to 154, and also through the air, 215 to 202.
Melvin Gordon, who had a rushing touchdown, notched 113 rush yards on the day. It was the eighth 100-yard rushing game of his career. The 113 rushing yards gave him 3,322 for his career, moving past RB Chuck Muncie (3,309) for sixth in team history.
Tyrell Williams and Mike Williams had the offense's other two touchdowns of the day. It was Tyrell's fourth touchdown reception in the past three contests, with all coming in the first half of those games. Since Week 6, his four touchdown catches are the most among all NFL players in first halves.
Jatavis Brown and Derwin James paced the defense with 11 total tackles each. The defense also had four sacks in the game courtesy of Jahleel Addae, Isaac Rochell, Melvin Ingram and Damion Square.
Geremy Davis served as today's honorary captain.
Inactives for the Chargers included S Rayshawn Jenkins, RB Detrez Newsome, DE Chris Landrum, C Cole Toner, T Trent Scott, G Forrest Lamp and DE Joey Bosa.
Browse through the top game action photos as the Bolts take on the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field for Week 9.