Can Philip Rivers Lead San Diego Chargers to Super Bowl XLVIII?

By Taylor Sturm
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers were gifted a win over the Kansas City Chiefs by a missed penalty to knock the Pittsburgh Steelers out of playoff contention which has many calling them undeserving of a playoff spot. However, the Chargers have proved time and time again this season that they are capable of making it to the Super Bowl due to the outstanding play of quarterback Philip Rivers.

Rivers leads the No. 4 passing offense in the NFL with 4478 yards so far this season and 270 yards per game. He’s thrown 32 touchdowns to 11 interceptions and has almost a 70 percent completion rating. Rivers isn’t as flashy as elite NFL quarterbacks like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, but he gets the ball down the field when he needs to and can engineer game-winning drives almost single handedly.

If you look at San Diego’s body of work for the season, their losses don’t have anything to do with the way the offense played. Arguably Rivers’ worst game of the season was a loss to the Tennessee Titans that saw him pass for only 184 yards and one touchdown, but the Titans still had to win the game with under two minutes remaining. Their losses tended to have more to do with a young, inconsistent defense than the play of their long-time quarterback.

Towards the end of the season, the Chargers’ defense has stepped up. Coupled with the play of Rivers and running back Ryan Mathews, the team is on a four-game winning streak with two of the wins coming against the Denver Broncos and Kansas City.  No one thinks that San Diego can have any success in the playoffs, but sometimes the team with a winning streak and a consistent quarterback pulls off a few upsets. Don’t expect Rivers to lead the Chargers to the Super Bowl, but don’t be surprised if they win the first couple games because of his play.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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