It didn’t come easy and it sure as heck wasn’t pretty, but the Los Angeles Chargers finally have a win in 2017.
The Chargers were able to make enough plays to defeat an injury-ravaged New York Giants squad, 27-22 on Sunday. The Chargers improve to 1-4 on the year while the Giants fall to an almost unimaginable 0-5.
Philip Rivers played another average game and had many of his throws hurried, but Melvin Gordon stepped up with 105 yards rushing to go along with six receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with just under three minutes to play.
That play was set up by a huge defensive play by Melvin Ingram. On 3rd-and-7 from his own 23-yard line, Eli Manning dropped back but was hit by Ingram. The ball came loose and after a mad scramble, it was Ingram who ended up with the ball.
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On 3rd-and-9 from the Giants 10-yard line on the ensuing possession, Rivers hit Gordon out of the backfield on a well designed play to put the Chargers up for good.
The Giants saw their top receivers—Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and Odell Beckham all left the game with foot injuries. On the Giants’ last possession, they had to play three tight ends to even give Manning enough options in the passing game.
The Chargers certainly aren’t going to feel sorry, however, as no team has dealt with as many injuries as they have over the last 20 games or so.
The Chargers can now start to focus on putting a winning streak together as they approach Week 6 in which they will head to Oakland to battle the Raiders for the first time this season.