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Rivers 3 TDs lead Chargers past Giants

09 October 2017
Rivers 3 TDs lead Chargers past Giants

Before Sunday, they were one of two teams in the National Football League that had yet to score in the opening 15 minutes of a game this year.

Prior to Darkwa's score, the Giants got a safety when Chargers center Spencer Pulley snapped the ball before Rivers was ready.

Philip Rivers hit Melvin Gordon for the running back's second receiving touchdown of the game with 3:04 remaining in the game to get the win.

Not only was it the first rushing touchdown of the season from a Giants running back, it was the team's first offensive points in the first quarter this year. The Giants held opponents to 17.8 points last season, second-fewest in the league; they are up to 23.8, eighth-most in 2017. The Chargers averaged 25.6 points per game a year ago, better than all but eight teams in the National Football League; they are down to 18, worse than all but eight teams.

In his last season at Clemson, Williams played in 15 games and caught 98 passes for 1,361 yards and 13 touchdowns. Darkwa had just 53 yards in his first three games this season.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Tyrell Williams, listed as questionable for Sunday's game because of a neck injury, will play against the Giants. "If it wasn't for him, I'd be playing in a soccer stadium in Los Angeles". Evading pressure and throwing off his back foot, Rivers completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Hunter Henry.

The Chargers made it 22-20 on a 31-yard field goal by Novak before taking the lead for good on the Rivers to Gordon 10-yard strike. It also came four plays after Odell Beckham Jr. hurt an ankle and become the fourth Giants receiver knocked out of the game.

Safeties are one of the most exciting plays in football.