Refreshed Chargers Get Big Win
Posted by Amanda Macke on Sep 30, 2013 - 12:45:38 PM
SAN DIEGO—The San Diego Chargers came home to refresh their batteries with a 30-21 victory against the Dallas Cowboys, tying them 2-2 for the season.
After an upsetting last minute loss to the Tennessee Titans, the Chargers returned to Qualcomm Stadium for a record-setting win against Dallas this past Sunday, September 29. Quarterback Philip Rivers was 35 of 42, setting an NFL record for high completion rate at 83.3 percent for a 401-yard passing game.
“This was a huge game,” Rivers said on the team’s Twitter page, “I feel comfortable with the offense and the way we are operating.”
The two teams played a tough game in the first half, but the Chargers clearly took control in the second half with 20 unanswered points against the Cowboys.
The Chargers defense started the game hot-on-their-toes with two sacks by Kendall Reyes and Cory Liuget of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Rivers threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Danny Woodhead, but the Cowboys responded with a 5-yard touchdown by Dez Bryant, tying the score 7-7 by the second quarter.
San Diego led 10-7 in the beginning of the second quarter, when Nick Novak scored a field goal after the Cowboys missed a 56-yard field goal attempt.
Dallas fought back with a 72-yard drive finished with another touchdown by Dez Bryant. Sean Lee of the Cowboys intercepted the ball tipped-out of Rivers hand during a pass and ran 52 yards for a touchdown, giving
Dallas a 21-10 lead. The quarter ended with Nick Novak nailing a 42-yard field goal, bringing the game 21-13 by half time.
Rivers and Gates both reach career milestones
San Diego returned determined and focused after the break, beginning the half with Rivers throwing 7 for 7 in a 10-play, 80-yard drive that ended with another touchdown catch by Woodhead. Novak kicked another successful field goal to give the Chargers a 23-21 lead, and Rivers threw his 200th career touchdown pass to Antonio Gates for a 56-yard run to the end zone. The pass was also a career milestone for Gates, who became the fourth all-time in receptions by a tight end in league history.
The Chargers’ Richard Marshall sealed the team’s victory when he recovered a fumbled ball by Cowboys’ receiver Terrance Williams inches away from goal line. Outside linebacker Dwight Freeney was injured with a torn quadriceps during the game, according to the team’s website.
The big win gave the Chargers a spark they hope to keep ignited for future games. “I think winning can be contagious,” Rivers said on the team’s Twitter page after the game.
San Diego will play the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, October 6 at 1:25 p.m.