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Philip Rivers’ nine 4,000-yard passing seasons tied for third-most in NFL history

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 24: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks to pass during the first half against the New York Jets in an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on December 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 24: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks to pass during the first half against the New York Jets in an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on December 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers continues to play at a high level.

On Christmas Eve, Philip Rivers threw for 290 yards against the New York Jets. That put him over the 4,000-yard mark for the season for the ninth time in his career. It also marks the fifth consecutive season that he’s thrown for over 4,000 yards.

And according to ProFootballReference.com, Rivers’ nine 4,000-yard passing seasons is tied for the third-most in NFL history.

Philip Rivers crossed the 4,000-yard mark on Sunday. This is his ninth 4,000-yard season, tying Tom Brady for the third most in NFL history pic.twitter.com/nNRM5VC7x8

— ProFootballReference (@pfref) December 28, 2017

It may be a passing league, but it’s still an impressive feat. What makes it even more impressive is that Rivers only has 12 starting seasons under his belt compared to Peyton Manning (17), Drew Brees (16) and Tom Brady (17), all of whom are surefire Hall of Famers.

Rivers has the opportunity to make more history come Sunday when the Chargers host the Oakland Raiders in the season finale. The 36-year-old veteran is just 39 passing yards shy of becoming the ninth QB to throw for 50,000 yards in his career, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Rivers has had an up-and-down season in terms on consistency, but he still ranks third in passing yards (4,128) and ninth in touchdown passes (25). Not only that, but his 10 interceptions are the lowest he’s thrown since his 2009 campaign. This is following a season in which he led the league in interceptions with 21.

More importantly, he has a chance to get his team back to the playoffs for the first time since 2013. The Chargers need a win and some help, but it would be nice to see a player like Rivers get the chance to win a Super Bowl ring. Even NFL Network’s Kay Adams agrees…

"I am ready for Philip Rivers in the playoffs and I'm ready for a postseason berth to help that HOF case."

?: @HeyKayAdams // @gmfb https://t.co/YLk80D7Omi

— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) December 29, 2017

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