Pro Football: The San Diego Chargers Slip Past San Francisco 29-27 Sunday

Quarterback Philip Rivers Throws Three Touchdowns and 250 Yards

The San Diego Chargers came back from a two-touchdown deficit to pull out a dramatic 29-27 victory over the stunned San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

The win evened the Chargers season record to 2-2, the first time since 2015 and they are .500 after the first four games of the season. The Chargers started last season 0-4. The 49ers fall to 1-3.

Quarterback Philip Rivers continues to shine behind center for the Chargers. The cagey veteran threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns. He threw touchdowns to Antonio Gates, Austin Ekeler and Melvin Gordon.

Gordon also rushed for 104 yards on 15 carries and caught seven passes for 55 yards. It was the sixth 100-yard rushing game of Gordon’s career.

“We know how to respond when we go down” said Gordon. We always feel like we got the players to be in the game, regardless of how much someone goes up.”

The Chargers trailed 17-6 with 4:59 remaining in the second quarter then scored 20 straight points. It was tied at 17 each at halftime. The Chargers took the lead on a touchdown and 48 yard field goal by Caleb Sturgis and led 26-17. The 49ers fought back to take a 1 point lead in the fourth quarter.

Sturgis lifted the Chargers past San Francisco with his third field goal of the day. He nailed one from 21 yards out with 7:41 left in the game that gave the Chargers the lead and the 29-27 victory.

Trevor Williams and Isaac Rochell each intercepted 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard yesterday. Beathard finished the game with 23 completions out of 37 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown.

George Kittle caught the TD and ended up with 6 receptions for 125 yards. Matt Breida led San Francisco with 39 yards rushing on 9 carries.

The Chargers will face the Raiders next Sunday. San Francisco will play the Cardinals.

San Francisco  14  3   7  3   27

LA Chargers      6  11  9  3   29


2018 AFC West Standings

TEAM            W L T

Kansas City  3 0 0

Denver           2 1 0

Los Angeles  2 2 0

Oakland        1 3 0



Photos by Scott Padgett