Rivers leads Charg­ers to a vic­tory against Bron­cos

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bernie Wilson

Philip Rivers threw for 178 yards and one touch­down, pass­ing Hall of Famer Dan Fouts to be­come San Diego’s ca­reer pass­ing leader, and the Charg­ers held off the Den­ver Bron­cos 21-13 on Thurs­day night.

The vic­tory may have saved em­bat­tled coach Mike McCoy’s job . The Charg­ers (2-4) were com­ing off a mis­take-filled loss at Oak­land, and ear­lier in the sea­son lost three games in which they led at the 2-minute warn­ing. There has been in­creas­ing fan dis­con­tent with the con­ser­va­tive McCoy, and the Charg­ers are try­ing to con­vince vot­ers to ap­prove a $1.1 bil­lion pub­lic handout for a new down­town sta­dium in the form of an in­crease in the ho­tel oc­cu­pancy tax.

The de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pion Bron­cos were coached by spe­cial teams co­or­di­na­tor Joe DeCamil­lis af­ter Gary Ku­biak was or­dered by doc­tors to sit this one out be­cause of a mi­graine con­di­tion that mim­ics strokes.

The five-time de­fend­ing AFC West cham­pion Bron­cos (4-2) were mostly slug­gish be­hind Trevor Siemian, who was back at quar­ter­back af­ter rookie Pax­ton Lynch strug­gled in a loss to At­lanta. They lost their sec­ond straight game and had their NFL-record 15 straight di­vi­sional road vic­to­ries snapped.

The Charg­ers snapped their streak of 10 straight di­vi­sional losses dat­ing to 2014.

Rivers, in his 13th sea­son with the Charg­ers and 11th as starter, has 43,094 ca­reer yards pass­ing. Fouts threw for 43,040 yards in 15 sea­sons with the Bolts.

Rivers threw a 5-yard scor­ing pass to rookie tight end Hunter Henry to cap the game’s first pos­ses­sion. Rivers fin­ished 18 of 29.

Oth­er­wise, the Charg­ers had to set­tle for Lambo’s ca­reer-high four field goals, of 37, 21, 31 and 32 yards.

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