NFL Game Summary - Jacksonville at San Diego|
(Sunday, September 19th)
Final Score: San Diego 38, Jacksonville 13
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Antoine Cason had two of San Diego's four
interceptions of David Garrard, and the Chargers forced six turnovers to beat
the Jacksonville Jaguars, 38-13, at Qualcomm Stadium.
Philip Rivers completed 22-of-29 passes for 334 yards with three touchdowns
and was picked off twice for the Chargers (1-1), who were coming off a 21-14
loss at Kansas City Monday night. Mike Tolbert rushed 16 times for 82 yards
and a pair of scores.
"Our defense was awesome today, as they were last week," Rivers said. "We feed
off one another."
Chargers rookie running back Ryan Mathews sprained his right ankle during a
run in the first quarter.
Garrard completed 15-of-23 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown. Luke McCown
entered as a replacement in the fourth quarter and ended 11-of-19 for 120
yards for the Jaguars (1-1), who beat Denver last Sunday.
"I think any explanations of how, what why, all those things would sound like
alibis," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said of his team's poor execution. "It's
time to take it like a man, understand it wasn't good enough today."
With under a minute remaining, McCown exited the game with an apparent knee
injury after scrambling inside the five-yard line. Garrard came in for a
fourth-down play and threw a scoring pass to Mike Sims-Walker, who finished
with 10 receptions for 105 yards.
Tolbert scored off left tackle to culminate a six-play, 74-yard game-opening
drive. Garrard was picked off by Cason at the San Diego six on the ensuing
possession, but the miscues continued as Mathews fumbled after a 17-yard
reception. That led to a Josh Scobee 44-yard field goal.
Mathews, the 12th overall pick in the draft, was hurt on a three-yard run in
Jacksonville territory with nearly three minutes left in the quarter. His
ankle was pinned under Jaguars linebacker Kirk Morrison. Mathews was helped
off the field and then taken via cart to the locker room. Rivers was
intercepted by David Jones in the end zone to thwart San Diego's drive.
Just three plays later, Garrard was picked off again by Cason. The turnover
led to Rivers' nine-yard TD pass to Antonio Gates with 11:32 left in the half
and a 14-3 lead.
Cason forced a Sims-Walker fumble on the next possession. That started a
string of three turnovers in just five plays. Rivers was intercepted, but
linebacker Brandon Siler picked off Garrard.
Rashad Jennings blocked a Mike Scifres punt, which led to Scobee's 48-yard
field goal just past the two-minute mark of the half.
But Rivers engineered an eight-play, 87-yard drive, which ended in a four-yard
TD pass to Gates with 10 seconds left in the half for a 21-6 margin. The big
play came on a 43-yard run from Darren Sproles.
Maurice Jones-Drew fumbled the ball in San Diego territory during a rush early
in the third quarter, and Nate Kaeding converted a 41-yard field goal for the
Garrard was intercepted by Kevin Burnett in the final minute of the third and
Tolbert powered in from a yard out less than two minutes into the fourth.
Rivers found Malcolm Floyd for a 54-yard TD pass later in the quarter.
The Chargers have won seven straight home games...Gates has five TD catches in
his last three games against the Jaguars. He has 62 TD catches, tied with
Shannon Sharpe for second-most all-time among tight ends. Tony Gonzalez is
first with 82...This was the first time an NFL game had seven combined
turnovers in the first half since Washington beat Arizona, 17-13, on December
11, 2005...The six turnovers tied a Jaguars franchise record.
09/19 21:04:53 ET