But it was a big day by Philip Rivers, who tossed four touchdowns and threw for three hundred yards, a timely interception by Manti Te’o and yes, a positive punt return yards by Javontee Herndon that gave San Diego their first win since October 4th.
Rivers also (and fittingly) became the 17th quarterback in NFL history to pass for 40,000 yards. His third touchdown of the game, to future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates, not only gave the Chargers a 21-9 lead but it moved Rivers past Joe Montana on the all-time touchdown list. His fourth touchdown of the game to Stevie Johnson tied him with Vinny Testaverde with 275, 11th on the all-time list.
But more importantly for Rivers and his teammates, it gave them a much-needed win and something to finally smile about.
“Relief, but more than anything I think just excited,” said Rivers. “It’s hard on the outside, I know there are so many people on the outside that care about us, that pull for us but when they’re not here day to day, week to week, the preparation, the time you put in, to go out there and lose six in a row, it’s hard.”
“So take 3-8 out of it. We came to Jacksonville and won a NFL football game. There are no apologies for how you win and who you beat.”