No. 5: Week 4, 2013
After a 1-2 start to the 2013 season, the Chargers hosted the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium.
Philip Rivers threw for 401 yards in this game, but his top target was No. 85, who accounted for 136 of those. In total, Rivers and Gates connected 10 times in this game as the Chargers held off a tough Dallas team.
Late in the first half, Rivers was intercepted by Sean Lee who raced 52 yards the other way for a touchdown, putting Dallas up 21-10 just before halftime. The Chargers fought back and to score the game’s final 20 points.
The Cowboys did a good job of bottling up Gates in the second half, limiting him to three receptions. But his last catch of the game was a dagger.
With the Chargers clinging to a 23-21 lead with just about seven minutes left to play, they had the ball at their own 44-yard line on first down. Rivers hit Gates down the field on a big play and he took it the distance, 56 yards for the score to knock off ‘Big D’ in San Diego.
Would you believe that this performance would be the most recent one on the list? Let’s turn back the clock some more.