Jacksonville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Philip Rivers completed 22-of-26 passes
for 285 yards and a touchdown to lead the San Diego Chargers to a 24-6 win
over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Ryan Mathews carried the ball 21 times for 110 yards and a touchdown and Eddie
Royal caught four passes for 69 yards and a score for the Chargers (4-3),
winners in two straight and three of their last four overall.
"It was an outstanding team effort today. On a short week and traveling across
the country, the players had an outstanding week of practice. If we play that
way during practice it carries into our games," said Chargers head coach Mike
San Diego dominated the time of possession 37:30-22:30. In their four wins
this season, the Chargers hold a 150:21-89:39 advantage in time of possession.
Chad Henne completed 23-of-36 passes for 318 yards and an interception and
Mike Brown caught five passes for 120 yards for the Jaguars (0-7), who failed
to score a touchdown for the fourth time this season.
"We talk about getting better and we completely missed an opportunity,"
Bradley said. "That's what not getting better looks like. Penalties, missed
tackles, missed assignments, spirit, effort," said Jags head coach Gus
Bradley. "We talk about playing with toughness, playing with effort, playing
with enthusiasm and playing smart. That's our style. I don't think we did any
one of those four today."
The Chargers took over 7 1/2 minutes off the clock on the game's opening
possession before Danny Woodhead ran it in from two yards out.
Jacksonville looked poised to respond on the ensuing touch. A 31-yard
completion to Marcedes Lewis got the ball down to the Chargers' 29, but
Henne was sacked on second and third down, knocking the Jags out of field goal
range and forcing a punt.
San Diego used another long drive, this time for just over six minutes, before
Royal found the end zone on a 27-yard reception. Royal caught the ball near
the left sideline, turned and stretched for the pylon as he was knocked out of
bounds. The play was reviewed, but it was determined that Royal had made
contact with the pylon before his knee touched out of bounds.
The Jags responded with a 30-yard Josh Scobee field goal to cap an 18-play
drive that took nearly eight minutes. Jacksonville converted on third down
three times on the drive and also kept the sticks moving on fourth, but
Henne's pass to Cecil Shorts in the end zone on 3rd-and-3 from the 12 fell
San Diego drove the length of the field in the closing moments of the first
half, but on 1st-and-goal with one second left, Rivers tried to scramble into
the end zone and was stopped short, wasting a scoring opportunity for the
Nick Novak's 20-yarder made it 17-3 with 6:48 to play in the third, but Scobee
and the Jags answered back with a 23-yard field goal from Scobee nearly three
minutes later to make it 17-6 game.
Mathews' 3-yard touchdown run capped a 10-play, 84-yard drive early in the
fourth to make it a 24-6 game. A 29-yard gain by Royal on an end around
originally ended in a fumble, but following a review, it was clear that
Royal's elbow had touched before the ball came loose. Mathews carved his way
into the end zone on the next play.
The Chargers sacked Henne six times ... Keenan Allen caught three passes for
67 yards for San Diego ... Jacksonville finished 3-for-11 on third down ...
Shorts caught eight passes for 80 yards ... The Chargers have won the last
three meetings and hold a 4-2 edge in the all-time series.
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