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Emotional Philip Rivers thanks San Diego for its support
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Philip Rivers simply wanted to say thanks to San Diego for the way it supported him during his first 13 seasons in the NFL.
He knew it wouldn't be as easy as he still makes it look on the field on Sunday afternoons as quarterback of the Los Angeles Chargers.
Pats’ Flowers, Brown fined $20K by NFL for hits vs. Chargers
NEW YORK (AP) — New England Patriots teammates Trey Flowers and Trent Brown have each been fined $20,054 by the NFL for illegal hits in the Patriots' divisional-round win last Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Flowers' fine was for a low hit on quarterback Philip Rivers that resulted in a penalty for roughing the passer in the third quarter of the Patriots' victory. Brown was docked for his unnecessary roughness penalty after a block during the game.
Chargers GM Telesco has no timetable on Rivers deal
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers just concluded his 15th season with the Los Angeles Chargers but the quarterback's future beyond 2019 is one of many areas that general manager Tom Telesco will have to address during the offseason.
Telesco reiterated during his season-ending news conference Thursday that Rivers isn't going anywhere but didn't elaborate on a timetable for discussing a contract extension.
Patriots without Wise; Gordon and Henry active for Chargers
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots will be without defensive lineman Deatrich Wise Jr. when New England hosts the Chargers in the divisional playoffs.
Wise was limited all week with an ankle injury. His absence is a blow to the Patriots' pass rush as they prepare to attack Los Angeles quarterback Philip Rivers. Wise appeared in all 16 games during the regular season and had 4½ sacks.
Rivers, Chargers look to end dominance by Brady, Patriots
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady typically shrugs off any mention of records or milestones he sets.
But even he had to chuckle at the one he and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will mark when they meet in Sunday's divisional playoffs.
Brady, who will be 41 years and 163 days old, and Rivers, at 37 years and 36 days old, will combine to be the oldest pair of quarterbacks to face each other in an NFL playoff game, breaking the mark Brady held with Peyton Manning.
Kings of the Road: Chargers have thrived in games out East
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers have already played in most of the toughest road environments in the NFL this season.
So a trip to New England for Sunday's AFC divisional-round game isn't anything out of the ordinary.
Considering how well the Chargers have played away from home, it may end up being an advantage. Los Angeles is 8-1 on the road, but its only loss came in Week 3, when it took the bus to the LA Memorial Coliseum and lost to the Rams.
Patriots defense aims to win ‘mind game’ with crafty Rivers
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers says thinking about how to defend against the Los Angeles Chargers has kept him up at night.
"Over the bye I had a dream about not setting the edge," Flowers said this week. "I woke up and it was a nightmare."
Brady’s respect for Rivers is high entering playoff matchup
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady doesn't know Philip Rivers well on a personal level.
But as the Patriots quarterback began his preparations for Sunday's divisional playoff game with the Chargers, he said he only had to think back to their AFC championship game matchup during the 2007 season to remind himself of Rivers' toughness.
Beating Ravens gets Chargers a date with Brady and Patriots
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers' prize for dismantling the toughest defense in the NFL is a road game against a team that has long been a nemesis for Philip Rivers.
Los Angeles advanced to the divisional round of the postseason by beating the Baltimore Ravens 23-17 on Sunday. Next up, a matchup against the New England Patriots (11-5) this Sunday.
Rivers versus Brady in divisional round of NFL playoffs
CHICAGO (AP) — Philip Rivers has come up empty against Tom Brady every time.
He gets another shot next weekend.
Rivers directed the Los Angeles Chargers to a 23-17 playoff victory at Baltimore on Sunday, setting up another high-stakes matchup with Brady and the New England Patriots. For all of Rivers' success during his 15 years in the NFL, he is winless in seven career starts against Brady.
Chargers hold off Jackson, Ravens 23-17 in playoff opener
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers kept Lamar Jackson grounded, and by the time the rookie got the passing game going it was too late for the Baltimore Ravens.
Michael Badgley kicked five field goals, and Los Angeles harassed and hounded Jackson during a 23-17 victory Sunday in the opening round of the NFL playoffs.
Chargers QB Rivers hopes to avenge earlier loss to Ravens
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers can speak from experience on how fleeting postseason opportunities can be.
Rivers led the Chargers into the playoffs the first four years he was the team's starting quarterback, but Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens marks only his second appearance since the 2009 season and first in five seasons.
Chargers beat Broncos 23-9 despite feeble offense
DENVER (AP) — Philip Rivers doesn't care that the Chargers must hit the road on wild-card weekend despite winning a dozen games, including a 23-9 nail-biter in Denver on Sunday in which he completed just 14 passes.
Nor does he mind facing the Baltimore Ravens, who thumped the Chargers 22-10 last weekend in Los Angeles.
The Latest: Colts lead Titans at the half 17-10
The Latest on Week 17 of the NFL's regular season (all times Eastern):
The Indianapolis Colts lead the Tennessee Titans 17-10 at halftime in the race for the AFC's final playoff spot.
Andrew Luck has thrown for 196 yards and two touchdowns compared to Blaine Gabbert who has 73 yards passing for the Titans. The Colts are outgaining Tennessee 253-97 in total offense.
Chargers, Broncos reverse roles in season finale
DENVER (AP) — Philip Rivers feels Von Miller's pain.
Three years ago, it was Rivers leading the Chargers into the finale of a failed season, playing for pride and facing a talent-laden Broncos team that was jockeying for playoff position.
The Chargers put a scare into the Broncos that day before Peyton Manning returned after halftime to rescue Denver and catapult the franchise on a joyous journey that would end in a rain of confetti and the Lombardi Trophy in his hand.
Rivers, Chargers understand outside help moot without a win
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers is an Oakland Raiders fan this week, sort of.
Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers can win the AFC West and secure home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs by beating Denver and having the Raiders defeat Kansas City on Sunday.
The Chargers can also take the division title, a first-round bye and home field with a tie against the Broncos and a Chiefs loss.
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Chiefs fall to 0-2 when trying to clinch AFC’s top seed
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs had a chance to wrap up a third consecutive AFC West title and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs with two weeks to go, only to watch Philip Rivers lead the Los Angeles Chargers to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns in a comeback.
The Chiefs got a do-over Sunday night in Seattle, only to watch Russell Wilson and the Seahawks shred defensive coordinator Bob Sutton's much-maligned bunch in a 38-31 victory.
Rivers, Chargers’ offense sputter against Ravens
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The tables were turned on Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers' offense.
Instead of controlling the clock, avoiding mistakes and putting the pressure on the Baltimore Ravens' run-heavy offense and rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, it was Rivers who was left flustered and frustrated by a lack of opportunities and a series of self-inflicted errors when the Chargers seemed ready to turn things around.
Ravens-Chargers matchup features dramatic differences at QB
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The quarterback matchup for Saturday's pivotal game between the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers might offer the biggest contrasts this season.
The Chargers, who have clinched their first postseason berth since 2013, feature cagy veteran Philip Rivers, who is having one of the best seasons of his 15-year career. The Ravens have surged back into postseason contention behind fleet-footed rookie Lamar Jackson, who has won four of his five starts.
Healthy, confident Mike Williams coming up big for Chargers
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Mike Williams is healthy and confident for the first time in two seasons, which is paying huge dividends for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Williams leads the team in receiving touchdowns with nine going into Saturday's game against Baltimore. He is coming off his biggest game in the NFL with seven receptions for 76 yards and three touchdowns (including one rushing) in Thursday's 29-28 come-from-behind victory at Kansas City.
Chargers lead Pro Bowl selections with 7 players
NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers placed seven players in the Pro Bowl, including safety Derwin James, one of six rookies across the league to make the game.
Chiefs left to stew over missed chances against Chargers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs will have 10 days to stew over Mike Williams' touchdown catch, Philip Rivers' wave as he trotted off the field and the golden opportunity they let slip away Thursday night.
Chiefs defense collapses in 4th quarter against Chargers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Berry made his long-awaited return to the field, Chris Jones piled up some more sacks to match an NFL record, and the Kansas City Chiefs' maligned defense finally looked like a dominant force for a while.
Or at least, one that wouldn't hold back their high-powered offense.
Rivers leads Chargers to last-second comeback win over KC
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Arrowhead Stadium was already emptying by the time Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers jogged to the locker room, triumphantly waving his hand as a satisfying cascade of boos washed over him.
Chargers quickly shift focus to Thursday showdown vs. Chiefs
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers didn't have much time to celebrate reaching double-digit wins for the first time in nine seasons.
While most teams get 24 hours to savor a victory, the Chargers spent about 24 minutes to revel in their 26-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals before preparations began for Thursday's pivotal AFC West matchup at Kansas City.
Rivers rallies Chargers past Steelers 33-30
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Philip Rivers watched Ben Roethlisberger do what the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback so often does — lead a game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter — and decided it was time for the Los Angeles Chargers to do something they so rarely do: win a big one on the road against a team with Super Bowl aspirations of its own.
So the longtime Los Angeles quarterback gathered his teammates around him and delivered a very blunt message.
Brotherly Love: Watts, Pounceys to face off Sunday night
PITTSBURGH (AP) — On the surface they're identical. Below the surface too. Large. Loud. Remarkably athletic and remarkably close. Well compensated and well tattooed.
Still, Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey believes there is one surefire way to tell him and Los Angeles Chargers center (and very slightly older brother) Mike apart on Sunday night when the Chargers visit Heinz Field.
Rivers and Roethlisberger on a roll as they renew rivalry
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Chargers' Philip Rivers and Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger are playing some of the best football of their 15-year careers.
On Sunday, the two meet at Heinz Field in a prime-time game that could serve as a playoff preview.
If the postseason began this week, the Chargers would be facing the Steelers in a first-round game. Los Angeles (8-3) has a two-game lead for the AFC's first wild-card spot while Pittsburgh (7-3-1) leads the AFC North and would be the fourth seed.
Chargers, Steelers only looking at small picture
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Philip Rivers didn't exactly spend a lot of time poring over the most accurate performance by a quarterback in NFL history.
The longtime Chargers quarterback understands there's no time.
Not with the Chargers (8-3) scrambling to stay ahead in the middle of a tight AFC playoff race and a trip to AFC North-leading Pittsburgh (7-3-1) looming, one that could erase all doubts about whether Los Angeles is for real.
"We've got a heck of a December ahead of us," Rivers said.
Record day: Chargers’ Rivers sets 2 completion marks in win
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — After a record-breaking day, Philip Rivers was quick to credit the guys on the receiving end of his pinpoint passes.
Rivers tied the NFL mark for consecutive completions and broke records for the most to start a game and the highest completion percentage in a game as the Los Angeles Chargers dismantled the Arizona Cardinals 45-10 on Sunday.
"There were some catches that could easily fall incomplete. There were a lot of guys involved in it," Rivers said.
The Latest: Rivers has record-setting day for Bolts
The Latest on Week 12 in the NFL (all times EDT):
Philip Rivers was nearly perfect in the Chargers' 45-10 victory over Arizona, completing 28 of 29 passes for 259 yards in only three quarters of work.
That completion percentage of 96.8 percent surpassed Kurt Warner's record of 92.3, set for the Cardinals in a game against Jacksonville. Warner was 24 of 26 that day.
Chargers look to get back on track as they host Cardinals
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald were both part of the NFL's 2004 draft class and have emerged as the faces of their respective franchises.
The two renew acquaintances on the football field Sunday when Los Angles hosts Arizona in a matchup of teams going in different directions.
Rivers’ mistake leads Bolts’ regrets in streak-stopping loss
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers' arm was already in motion when he realized Von Miller had read him like a book again. The Broncos' superstar linebacker was about to jump another screen route for his second interception.
The Los Angeles Chargers' quarterback couldn't stop his final throw with 1:58 to play. He only managed to guide it into the ground for a clock-stopping incompletion on third down.
Streaking Chargers face challenge hosting Broncos on Sunday
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers offense have been sensational during their six-game winning streak. The veteran quarterback noted this week as they prepare for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos that things can turn south quickly.
"We haven't won six in a row in a while, but it can be a one-game losing streak just like that. So I think, again, it's week to week," Rivers said. "Again, now we've reset and get ready for the Broncos on Sunday."
Miller embraces Rivers after becoming friends at Pro Bowl
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Try as he might, Von Miller just can't find anything bad to say about Philip Rivers anymore.
"I've always enjoyed going against Philip," Miller said Thursday. "Well, I'm lying. I didn't use to always like going against Philip. I really didn't like the guy until like two years ago."
That's when the Broncos' star pass rusher got to know the Chargers' star quarterback at the Pro Bowl.
Rivers leads Chargers to 6th straight win, 20-6 over Raiders
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers took nearly 20 minutes to complete his first pass, the Los Angeles Chargers got gashed on a long fake punt and the offense put up a season low in yards.
Despite a few hiccups along the way, the Chargers still managed to pull off another win for their longest winning streak in nine years.
Rivers rolling, Carr stalling entering Chargers-Raiders game
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr had appeared to pass Philip Rivers in the pecking order of AFC West quarterbacks two years ago. He put together a season worthy of MVP consideration while Rivers led the NFL in interceptions on the way to a last-place finish.
Carr looked like one of the NFL's up-and-coming stars, while Rivers seemed to be on the downside of a career that started in 2004.
Chargers-Raiders Preview Capsule
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (6-2) at OAKLAND (1-7)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE - Chargers by 10
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Los Angeles 4-4, Oakland 2-6
SERIES RECORD - Raiders lead 63-53-2
LAST MEETING - Chargers beat 26-10, Oct. 7
LAST WEEK - Chargers beat Seahawks, 25-17; Raiders lost to 49ers, 34-3
AP PRO32 RANKING - Chargers No. 6, Raiders No. 32
CHARGERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (5), PASS (12).
CHARGERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (20), PASS (18).
Rivers, Gordon leads Chargers past Seahawks 25-17
SEATTLE (AP) — Jahleel Addae saw Russell Wilson's pass coming in his direction. He didn't see David Moore running open behind him in the back of the end zone, and as the pass floated past, Addae reached out his right arm as far as he could.
"I got my last fingernail on it," Addae said. "I barely snipped it."
200 Club: Chargers’ Rivers 4th QB to reach starts mark
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers has many accomplishments, but there is one trait that he has taken pride in over his 15-year career — durability.
The Chargers' veteran signal caller will become the fourth quarterback in NFL history to make at least 200 consecutive regular-season starts when Los Angeles travels to Seattle.
Important West Coast clash as Chargers travel to Seahawks
SEATTLE (AP) — Games in the second week of the preseason are mostly meaningless and usually a forgettable exercise for veterans.
Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner hasn't forgotten what happened this past August when the Seahawks were facing the Los Angeles Chargers.
Rivers, Chargers determined to keep win streak going
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers are on a roll with a three-game winning streak.
Philip Rivers is determined to keep the momentum going, even with an overseas trip and a game in London looming.
"The guys have been great and we know we're in kind of a groove right now," the 36-year-old quarterback said. "This is a different week, but our mindset is whatever you normally do, just do it. We want to keep this going."
Chargers romp over Browns on first stop of London trip
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers won't spend their lengthy lay-over for London mulling a loss.
Powered by a dominant running game, big plays from quarterback Philip Rivers and a rookie kicker who didn't miss in his NFL debut, the Chargers rolled to a 38-14 win on Sunday over the Cleveland Browns and rookie QB Baker Mayfield, who got little help from his teammates.
Ol’ man Rivers leads Chargers to 38-14 blowout of Browns
CLEVELAND (AP) — Ol' man Rivers keeps rolling along.
Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes to Tyrell Williams — and the 36-year-old quarterback even threw a block — and Melvin Gordon had three TD runs as the Los Angeles Chargers banged around Cleveland rookie Baker Mayfield and the Browns, 38-14 on Sunday.
Chargers-Browns Preview Capsule
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (3-2) at CLEVELAND (2-2-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS
OPENING LINE — Chargers by 1
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Chargers 3-2, Browns 4-1
SERIES RECORD — Chargers lead 16-9-1
LAST MEETING — Chargers beat Browns 19-10, Dec. 3, 2017
LAST WEEK — Chargers beat Raiders 26-10; Browns beat Ravens 12-9, OT
AP PRO32 RANKING — Chargers No. 11, Browns No. 16
CHARGERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (11t), PASS (13).
CHARGERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (10), PASS (19).
Chargers’ Rivers off to 1 of the best starts of his career
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Even though Philip Rivers is one of the elder statesmen among NFL quarterbacks, the Chargers' longtime signal-caller is off to one of the best starts of his 15-year career.
Rivers enters Sunday's game against Cleveland leading the AFC with a 116.4 passer rating. It is his highest after five games since taking over as the Chargers' starter in 2006.
Austin Ekeler emerging as big-play threat for Chargers
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Opposing defenses are learning that Austin Ekeler is just as effective a running back as Melvin Gordon for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Rivers throws for 339 yards, 2 TDs as Chargers beat Raiders
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers' offense was stuck in neutral for the first 25 minutes of Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders. A broken play provided the needed spark.
The game was tied 3-3 until Austin Ekeler took Philip Rivers' swing pass and turned into a 44-yard touchdown . That was part of 19 straight points by the Chargers en route to their 26-10 victory over the Raiders.