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QB Philip Rivers - San Diego Chargers

6-5, 228Born: 12-8-1981College: North Carolina StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 4

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News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Sun Dec 21): ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on Sunday that Philip Rivers has a bulging disk in his back, and offseason back surgery 'may be (an) option.' San Diego remains in the playoff chase entering Week 17 - look for the team to manage his symptoms while the Chargers are in the playoff picture.

Week 17: at Kansas City Chiefs

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

13 at BAL 34 45 383 3 1 4 19 0 0
14 vs NE 20 33 189 1 1 3 8 0 0
15 vs DEN 24 41 232 1 2 1 3 0 0
16 at SF 33 54 356 4 3 0 0 0 0
17 at KC PROJ-Tremblay 24 37 * * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 14 vs NE (20 / 33 / 189 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)

Rivers had come around recently from a fantasy perspective, but regressed a bit in this game. Part of that was due to his number one receiver (WR Keenan Allen) being blanketed the entire evening. Part of it was disrupted timing by the New England defensive pressure up front. And some was due to the running game never really getting on track, which enabled the Patriots to focus more attention on stopping the pass. Early on, Rivers was getting a lot of time from his offensive line. Of course, his receivers were rarely able to get open down the field anyway, so all that time was mostly spent hanging out in the pocket waiting for someone. He had a mostly quiet first half, though he did find the end zone early in the second quarter. He floated one to the back right corner over the head of WR Malcom Floyd, who tracked it down and laid out to haul it in. It was a terrific individual effort, but the ball was also placed precisely where it needed to be. Rivers never really came close to any other touchdowns in the game, nor did he connect on very many big plays. Aside from one long pass later on to Floyd, his only other passes of 20+ yards came on short passes where the receivers did most of the work after the catch. Rivers turned the ball over once, though it could have been much worse. Rivers was looking for Allen over the middle and didn't see that the linebacker had dropped into coverage underneath. It was an easy interception. As for the close calls, TE Antonio Gates saved him from an interception early on by knocking it down before it could get to the waiting defender. And TE Ladarius Green juggled a pass that bounced into the hands of a waiting defender. It was initially ruled an interception and returned for a touchdown, but a very questionable personal foul penalty was called against New England for the hit on Green, which wiped out the pick and the score.

2014 Week 15 vs DEN (24 / 41 / 232 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Rivers did not play well in the game. Granted, the Denver defense applied a lot of pressure on him at times, but they didn't actually record a sack in the game. At times, Rivers appeared a bit skittish, rushing passes and firing off-line even when there wasn't anyone all that close to him. A large part of his problem in the game was his receivers' collective inability to get open. TE Antonio Gates did a good job, but otherwise nobody really seemed able to beat Denver down the field. For most of the first half, he lacked rhythm and a lot of passes were wobbling all over the field. His arm appeared to have been hit on several occasions, and the offense was completely stagnant. The pass protection got a bit better in the second half, but the receivers still had a lot of trouble getting open. Rivers began to settle down a bit by the fourth quarter, and even managed to find the aforementioned Gates for a quick touchdown. Gates beat his man off the line and Rivers put it perfectly on his hands for the score. It was San Diego's only touchdown of the game, and first in their last 17 possessions. But a lot of that drive could have to do with the fact that Denver was playing a more relaxed defense. With the Chargers trailing by 9, he threw one into coverage that was intercepted and all but ended the game. When the Chargers got it back (again down 9), he wasn't even able to compile garbage time points because he was again intercepted - this time in the end zone. Again, he seemed all too ready to force the ball and rush passes, even when he wasn't in any danger of being sacked or even hit.

2014 Week 16 vs SF (33 / 54 / 356 / 4 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

The phrase, "a tale of two games", often used to describe a player's performance radically changing course mid-game, has never been more appropriate than to describe the night Rivers had. From the opening drive, San Diego's offense looked completely lost. Missing RB Ryan Mathews and WR Keenan Allen, drives stalled without picking up any first downs. Another Center went down, leaving Rivers with his fifth of the season. There was a lot of defensive pressure on Rivers, forcing his passes high and off-center. And to top it off, he came into the game fighting both rib and back injuries, and he looked to be in discomfort all night long. There were very few attempts down the field, and anything the Chargers got going on offense was done by throwing a short pass and letting the receiver do work after the catch. Rivers made bad decisions, including locking in on TE Antonio Gates (also double-clutching to reload the pass) and throwing it right into the arms of a San Francisco defender for an interception that was returned for a score. Now all that being said, he settled in a bit just before halftime. He found Gates in stride for a 28-yard gain, and capped that same drive with a perfect floater just beyond the first defender and just in front of the second one, for a touchdown to WR Eddie Royal. It was put where only Royal could get to it, and he made a terrific play on the ball. The second half began much like most of the first half went, as he nearly threw another pick-6, but this one was dropped by the defender. Rivers did give himself a bit of a reprieve with a clutch touchdown drive early in the second half, complete with a game-saving fourth down conversion pass play to Royal. After two failed rushing attempts from the goal line, Rivers then made an excellent play fake at the goal line, flipping it out in the flat to Gates for the easy score. But he wasn't finished turning the ball over either, as a later drive ended when he sailed one over the head of his intended target and right to the waiting arms of a defensive back. At the time, it felt as if that may be the final nail in San Diego's coffin. He was hit in the body as he released, which forced the pass up. Somehow, the San Diego defense came alive and kept the team in it long enough to keep it a two-score game heading into the fourth quarter. Rivers started moving around noticeably better around this time too. He made a perfect pass down the sideline to RB Donald Brown early in the fourth quarter that should have converted a third down. But Brown juggled the pass and dropped it. Rivers was rolling to his left and throwing across his body on the run, which was surprising to see such mobility and touch considering the nature of the injuries he was fighting. Late in the game, he started getting loads of time to throw. The Niners pass rush was thwarted and getting no push up front. That gave Rivers plenty of time, but more importantly it enabled his receivers to get open in the secondary. With just over five minutes left and trailing by 14, San Francisco had a defensive miscue that enabled Gates to break free for the end zone. Rivers lofted one up to the wide open tight end for the easiest score you'll ever see, cutting it to a 7-point game. Once again, San Diego's defense rose up and got the ball back for Rivers, down by 7. On the potential game-tying drive, he rolled out to his left completely unaware of the pass rush. He was sacked and fumbled, but fortunately San Diego recovered the ball to give them more life. It set up a fourth down, which Rivers converted by firing a bullet to WR Eddie Royal over the middle (Royal made a ridiculous diving catch on the play to keep the game alive). On the next make-or-break fourth down pass, he connected again this time with WR Dontrelle Inman for the conversion. Soon after, he connected with de facto number one receiver Malcom Floyd for the game-tying touchdown. In overtime, the Chargers used a run-heavy approach (after having passed on 25 consecutive plays) to get the ball into field goal range for the game-winning kick.


Latest News

Chargers | Philip Rivers' injury not career-threatening (Mon Dec 22, 04:40 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back), who is playing with a bulging disc in his back, isn't dealing with a career-threatening injury if he continues to play, according to head coach Mike McCoy. Rivers is expected to play in Week 17 against the Kansas City Chiefs, but he may sit out of practice Monday, Dec. 22, and Tuesday, Dec. 23, to rest.

Our View: Rivers was on fire in Week 16. We should see him limited during practice this week, but he should be able to play against the Chiefs in Week 17. The Chargers could sneak into the playoffs with a win over the Chiefs, so Rivers could be on fire again this week.
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Chargers | Philip Rivers will play in Week 17 (Mon Dec 22, 02:14 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back) will play Sunday, Dec. 28, according to head coach Mike McCoy. Rivers has been dealing with a bulging disk in his back.

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Chargers | Philip Rivers has bulging disk (Sun Dec 21, 11:09 AM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back) is playing through a bulging disk in his lower back, according to sources. He may require offseason surgery.

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Chargers | Philip Rivers good to go (Sat Dec 20, 07:15 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back) is active Saturday, Dec. 20, for Week 16.

Our View: Rivers has been struggling recently. We'll see if he can play better tonight against the 49ers.
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Chargers | Philip Rivers probable (Fri Dec 19, 05:04 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, back) fully practiced Friday, Dec. 19, and is probable for the team's Week 16 game.

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