Philip Rivers’ 4 interceptions crush Chargers’ slim playoff hopes

MEXICO CITY — The Los Angeles Chargers considered their prime-time matchup in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs as a must-win to have any probability at reaching the postseason.

After a 24-17 loss to the Chiefs at Aztec Stadium on Monday evening, the Four-7 Chargers can now flip their consideration towards subsequent season heading into the bye week.


The looming query for the Chargers? What’s going to occur with Philip Rivers, who turns 38 in December and is within the closing yr of his contract.

Rivers as soon as once more struggled to deal with the soccer, ending with 4 interceptions which matched a profession excessive. His final such sport was in 2016, Week 10 in opposition to the Dolphins.


In accordance with ESPN Stats & Info, Rivers is the primary Chargers’ quarterback with back-to-back three interception video games since Erik Kramer in 1999.

Rivers now has 13 interceptions and 15 turnovers on the yr. The final time Rivers had that many turnovers in a season was 2016.

Philip Rivers and the Chargers misplaced to the AFC rival Chiefs, seemingly ending their playoff hopes. AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Troubling development: The Chargers gained 312 yards within the first half however failed to attain an offensive landing. The one different staff to document over 300 yards in a half with out scoring a landing this season was the Jacksonville Jaguars in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals within the first half of Week 7. In accordance with Elias, the Chargers 203 benefit over the Chiefs in whole yards is the biggest halftime yards differential by a staff trailing on the half since 1981 (Redskins outgained the Eagles by 210 yards however trailed 7-6).

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Troubling development II: The Chargers have misplaced 5 straight video games on Monday Night time Soccer; the one groups within the NFL with lively dropping streaks that lengthy on Monday Night time Soccer are the Redskins (eight) and Bengals (5).

Promising development: Offensively, operating backs Austin Ekeler and Melvin Gordon powered the Chargers, ending with a mixed 222 yards from scrimmage. Ekeler led the Chargers with eight receptions for 108 receiving yards and in addition added one other 24 on the bottom, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark in whole yards for a 3rd straight season. Ekeler now has 1,zero10 to yards from scrimmage on the yr. Gordon completed with a game-high 69 speeding yards on 14 carries.