Monday, December 9, 2013
Upon Further Review: Chargers Week 14
By Eric D. Williams
SAN DIEGO -- An examination of four hot issues from the San Diego Chargers' 37-14 win over the New York Giants.
Allen breaks record: Not even a shoulder injury could slow down receiver Keenan Allen, who set a rookie franchise record for receptions in a season with his three-catch, two-touchdown performance against the Giants, Allen’s first multi-touchdown game of the season. The Cal product now has 61 catches for 902 yards and five touchdowns, eclipsing the team record of 59 catches set by LaDainian Tomlinson in 2001. Allen needs 100 receiving yards to top John Jefferson’s rookie single-season receiving-yards record of 1,001 in 1978. Allen finished with three receptions for 59 yards against the Giants, including an impressive 43-yard touchdown reception in which he tightroped the sideline and dived for the pylon for the score. “That’s awesome when you think about all the receivers that have been through here,” quarterback Philip Rivers said about Allen setting the team record.
Woodhead breaks out: Running back Danny Woodhead finished with two receptions for 13 yards and was targeted just three times against Cincinnati last week. The only other games this season in which Woodhead was targeted three times or fewer was against Houston (three) and Miami (two) -- both losses for the Chargers. But Woodhead broke out against the Giants, finishing with four catches for 52 yards, including a 6-yard score and a spectacular 39-yard circus catch where he tipped the ball to himself and hauled the ball in before falling to the ground. Check out the play here.
Turnover eruption: The Chargers managed just seven turnovers through the first 10 games of the season but now have forced seven turnovers in the past three games, including a season-high three turnovers that led to 14 points against the Giants. San Diego is now 4-1 when the team wins the turnover battle.
Happy birthday, Philip: Rivers celebrated his 32nd birthday in style on Sunday with another impressive performance. Rivers completed 21 of 28 passes (75 percent) for 249 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a season-high 137.4 passer rating. Rivers leads the league in completion percentage at 70.3 percent. He now has 26 touchdown passes on the season, joining Drew Brees and Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 25 touchdown passes in six straight seasons.