Friday, December 17, 2010
Vincent can go for Chargers
Vincent Jackson might be just what the depleted San Diego Chargers receiving corps needs if they’re going to make the playoffs.
Playing without tight end Antonio Gates and wide receivers Malcom Floyd and Patrick Crayton, Jackson had 112 receiving yards and a career-high three touchdowns in San Diego’s 34-7 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Jackson is the eighth receiver this season to have 100 yards and three touchdowns in a game. He’s the first Charger wide receiver with 100 receiving yards and three TDs in a game since Tony Martin on Sept. 28, 1997, against the Baltimore Ravens.
Philip Rivers had three touchdown passes and no interceptions – the 10th such game of his career.
With 273 passing yards, Rivers went over 4,000 yards in a season for the third time in his career, tying Dan Fouts for the most 4,000-yard seasons in franchise history.
Rivers was dominant against a minimal pass rush, finishing 14-of-18 for 222 yards and all three of his touchdown passes when facing four pass rushers or fewer. This season against four pass rushers or fewer, Rivers has completed 70.4 percent of his passes and has averaged 9.3 yards per attempt.
For the second straight week, the Chargers had more than 40 carries in a game. Teams are 31-0 this season when they run the ball at least 40 times.