Sunday, September 29, 2013

Rivers' big game help Chargers rally past Dallas in second half

QUALCOMM STADIUM (09/29/2013) Phillip Rivers completed 35 out of 42 passes for 401 yards and three touchdowns to help the San Diego Chargers (2-2) come away with a 31-20 win over the Dallas Cowboys (2-2).

The Chargers struck first when Rivers found running back Danny Woodhead in the end zone for a 26-yard connection. Woodhead's first touchdown as a Charger gave them a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.

The Cowboys answered back with a perfect drive that ended with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant, tying the game 7-7 in the second quarter.

A few drives later, Romo would find Bryant again for their second connection of the game. The 34-yard touchdown gave the Cowboys a 14-10 lead.

The lead grew to 21-10 after Rivers' deflected pass was picked off by linebacker Sean Lee and returned 52 yards for a Cowboys touchdown.

Novak's 42-yard field goal at the closing seconds of the half cut the lead to 21-13.

The Chargers dominated the second half with 17 unanswered points.

Rivers contributed with touchdown strikes to Woodhead (12 yards) and Antonio Gates (56 yards), bringing his career total to 200.

Impact Chargers

QB Phillip Rivers
35/42 for 401 yards & 3 TDs
Threw 200th career TD pass
Offensive Line
Got the job done despite having three starters inactive.
TE Antonio Gates
19 catches for 136 yards & 1 TD
RB Ryan Mathews
19 carries for 62 yards
Next Week
The Chargers travel to the Bay Area to take on the rival Oakland Raiders (1-3) in their first AFC West matchup of the season.

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