Will Philip Rivers lead the San Diego Chargers to a Super Bowl?

By Kenny Gardner

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is entering his seventh season as a starter.  Rivers has a career regular season record of 63-33, has completed 64 percent of his passes, thrown for 243 yards per game with 163 touchdowns and 78 interceptions.  Rivers is fifth all time in the NFL in yards per attempt and passer rating, seventh in yards per game and 10th in completion percentage. However, this has not translated to success in the postseason.

Rivers averages 260 yards per game in the playoffs, but has completed 59 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns, nine interceptions and has a record of 3-4 in the postseason.  Although Rivers threw more touchdowns than interceptions in only two of his seven playoff games, he had three touchdowns and only one interception in a loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  San Diego was close to a Super Bowl appearance during the 2007 season, but Rivers was not very effective in the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots because he played with a torn ACL in one of the gutsiest performances in NFL history.

It is not solely on the shoulders of Rivers to do everything for San Diego on their way to a Super Bowl.  As I mentioned earlier, Rivers had a great game against the Steelers.  The Chargers allowed 35 points that game, which is unacceptable.  Rivers is expected to lead San Diego because he is the highest paid player, but this is an example of him needing help.  Another example of him needing help was the play of LaDainian Tomlinson who combined for 30 attempts, 75 yards and one touchdown in the playoffs during the 2007 season. Tomlinson only had 12 attempts and 24 yards in a playoff loss to the New York Jets in 2009. Rivers has to play better because he is their leader, but more importantly, the Chargers need to play better as a team because they forced turnovers in these four losses, but they also allowed 24 points per game.




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