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You'd think 500 yards + 0 interceptions = a win ... but not Sunday

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San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers did everything but finish the comeback.

Rivers threw for a team-high and Chargers record 503 yards in defeat against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Rivers’ 43 completions were tied for the second-most in a game in NFL history (with Rich Gannon and Matt Schaub), two shy of the NFL record set by Drew Bledsoe against the Minnesota Vikings in 1994.

Rivers’ work was made easier by the presence of Keenan Allen. Rivers completed 29 of his first 41 passes with two touchdowns, including 14-of-15 to Allen. But after Allen got hurt, Rivers was 14-of-24 and could not connect against the Packers’ goal-line stand in the final seconds.

This was the 17th 500-yard game in NFL history. Seven of them have come in the last five seasons (there has been at least one every season from 2011 to 2015).

Since 500 yards often means you’re playing catch-up, that total is no guarantee of victory. Teams whose quarterback throws for at least 500 yards are 9-8 in those games.

Rivers is the first to throw for 500 yards without throwing an interception whose team lost.