At Los Angeles
4:05 p.m. ET
Key Coaching Decision #1: (LAC ball, LAC lead 21-10/ 1st–and-10, LAC 20/ 1:45 Q2)
• The Chargers started a drive at their own 20-yard line after a Cardinals punt. The Chargers wisely saved all of their timeouts to this point in the game and were able to use all three during this drive–a touchdown scoring drive that took up 10 plays, 80 yards and 1:37 off the clock. The Cardinals had to take a knee after the kickoff and headed into the locker room down 28-10 at the half. The Chargers were down 10-0 at the end of the first quarter and scored 28 straight points in the second quarter to put the game out of reach.
• The Cardinals got off to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and never scored again. The Cardinals had 108 yards of total offense in the first quarter. They managed to only gain 41 yards in the remaining three quarters.
• Chargers QB Philip Rivers had a record setting day as he tied the NFL record for consecutive completion and highest completion percentage in a game. Rivers completed his first 25 passes (was 19 of 19 in the first half) and finished the day having complete 28 of 29 passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns.
• Chargers running back Melvin Gordon suffered a knee injury early in the third quarter. He is expected to miss action for a few weeks. This is a serious blow to a team that is in the hunt for a playoff BYE week or even home field advantage.