Philip Rivers made many memories as the quarterback of the LA Chargers
Philip Rivers’ tenure with the LA Chargers is over as the veteran quarterback signed a one-year, $25 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts and the Chargers drafted Justin Herbert with the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
While it is sad to see Rivers go and it would have been great to see him play his entire career with just the Chargers, it became clear that it was time for both sides to move on and now Rivers finds himself in a really good situation behind a stout offensive line in Indy.
Despite wearing a different uniform now, Rivers is still beloved by most Charger fans and his legacy with the team will never be forgotten. Here are his 17 most memorable moments that will carry that legacy on.
17. “90-yard” touchdown vs. Jacksonville, 2019
Perhaps the reason why this moment makes this list is that it is so recent and it was one of the only positive things in a pretty disappointing Chargers’ season. Perhaps it is because we saw the writing on the wall with Rivers and moments like these we cherish more later in his career.
It was nothing all that special — Rivers threw an 84-yard touchdown to Austin Ekeler in a blowout win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, it was how he responded, screaming “90-yard touchdown” in the ear of Yannick Ngakoue, masterfully getting under his skin.
Even in a 5-11 season, Rivers boasted confidence.
16. Comeback victory vs. Cincinnati, 2006
In his first season as a starting quarterback, Philip Rivers led the Chargers to the largest comeback victory in team history as he overcame a 21-0 (and then 28-7 at the half) deficit to win the game, 49-41.
The Chargers scored 42 points in the second half behind a stellar game from Rivers in which he completed 24 of 36 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns. LaDainian Tomlinson had a stellar game as well, carrying the ball 22 times for 104 yards and four touchdowns, adding six receptions for 54 yards on top of that as well.
Tomlinson was the player of the game, but this proved that Rivers was here to stay and was a force to be reckoned with.