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Report Card: Grading the Chargers Week 1 performance

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Adrian Phillips #31 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after a tackle of Marlon Mack #25 of the Indianapolis Colts during the second half of a game at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Adrian Phillips #31 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after a tackle of Marlon Mack #25 of the Indianapolis Colts during the second half of a game at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Well, it wasn’t easy, but the Los Angeles Chargers somehow got it done in their showdown with the Indianapolis Colts, clawing out a 30-24 overtime victory. We break down the team’s performance and give each position a letter grade for the game.

Entering the game as 6.5-point favorites and leading by 15 points midway through the third, Chargers fans had to be alarmed by the sudden comeback and eventual tie earned by the Colts.

Yet in typical Phillip Rivers fashion, the offense produced a surgical march down the field in OT to earn their first Week 1 win under Anthony Lynn. So, aside from the obvious plus in the box score, how did the Bolts do in the game? How was the offensive line with Russell Okung out of action? Did Austin Ekeler pick up the slack? We answer these questions and more in our weekly report card.

Phillip Rivers: A-

While certainly not a game that will go down as a legendary effort from the veteran quarterback, like so many games before Rivers did just enough to earn a win in this game. He was 25-of-34 (73.5% completion) with 333 yards, three touchdowns and a pick.

This all tallies to a quarterback rating of 121.3 which is certainly an admirable effort. What really stuck out here for Rivers was the finish. No. 17 led the offense 75 yards over eight plays in the lone OT possession, making several precision tosses including a 17-yard laser to Hunter Henry.

Rivers’ poise and production late in this contest were essential for the Bolts to pull out this win. Essential, but not the main ingredient, which we discuss next.

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