Sunday, September 15, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Chargers 33, Eagles 30
By Ashley Fox
PHILADELPHIA -- A few thoughts on the San Diego Chargers' 33-30 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles:
What it means: San Diego avoided the ignominy of losing a second consecutive game after having a double-digit lead in the second half. That would have been rough. The probability of making the playoffs drops significantly if a team starts the season 0-2 as opposed to 1-1.
San Diego won with offense despite two turnovers in the red zone. It controlled the clock, converted on third down (10-for-15) and kept the Eagles' fast-paced offense off the field. The Eagles tied the game at 30-30 with 1:51 remaining, but the Chargers marched down the field with ease to set up the game-winning field goal.
No Floyd: On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers targeted wide receiver Malcom Floyd for the sixth time in the game. Floyd caught all five passes thrown his way in the first half, gaining 102 yards and averaging 20.4 yards per catch. On his sixth target, Floyd had the ball in his hands but had Eagles safety Nate Allen on his back. As Allen tried to make the tackle, linebacker DeMeco Ryans’ shoulder made contact with Floyd’s head and neck. Floyd was on the ground motionless for several minutes. Floyd was taken off the field on a stretcher. He suffered a neck injury and did not return.
Best defense is a good offense: The Eagles ran 53 plays in the first half against Washington in Week 1. They didn’t get that opportunity against San Diego. The Chargers' offense was methodical and efficient and controlled the clock. Philadelphia ran 30 plays in the first half. San Diego ran 34. Through the first three quarters, San Diego had the ball for more than double the amount of time the Eagles did. The drive that broke a 20-20 tie took 17 plays and more than eight minutes.
Rivers has a big game: Rivers was exceptional early. He completed his first 10 passes of the game and 16-of-18 in the first half (for 216 yards and a touchdown). Rivers’ first-half passer rating was 135.2. Rivers had a ton of time in the pocket and consistently took advantage of a weak secondary.
What’s next: The Chargers will make another cross-country trip for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff next weekend when they play at the Tennessee Titans.