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L.A. Chargers 45, Jacksonville 10
When: 4:05 PM ET, Sunday, December 8, 2019
Where: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
Temperature: 62°
Head Official: Bill Vinovich
Attendance: 57866

Philip Rivers threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns Sunday as the visiting Los Angeles Chargers routed the skidding Jacksonville Jaguars 45-10.

Rivers completed 16 of 22 passes, averaging nearly 20 yards per completion, as Los Angeles improved to 5-8 and snapped a three-game losing streak. Running back Austin Ekeler added 213 total yards from scrimmage, including an 84-yard touchdown reception just 1:07 into the third quarter that was the longest scoring pass of Rivers' 16-year career.

Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew hit 24 of 37 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown, finding tight end Nick O'Leary for a 12-yard scoring strike with 5:48 left in the third quarter. All that did was cut the Chargers' lead to 31-10.

Rivers promptly fired a 44-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams with 1:51 on the clock, Williams' first score of the year. It was part of a 525-yard barrage for Los Angeles, which has outscored its opponents by 38 points on the season despite its losing record.

As for the Jaguars (4-9), they have lost five in a row, each loss coming by at least 17 points. Not even a switch from veteran Nick Foles back to Minshew, who started eight games after Foles was injured in Week 1, could spark the Jaguars.

Jacksonville broke the scoring seal with a 26-yard field goal by Josh Lambo with 7:23 left in the first quarter, capping a game-opening drive of more than 7 1/2 minutes. But its lead lasted only 1:37, with the Chargers going ahead on Melvin Gordon's 1-yard touchdown run three plays later.

Derek Watt scored from the 1 with 5:18 remaining in the first half for a 14-3 lead, and Los Angeles broke it open just before halftime. Rivers found Hunter Henry for a 30-yard scoring strike at the 1:34 mark, and Michael Badgley converted a 40-yard field goal with three seconds left to make it 24-3 at intermission.

Backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor capped the Chargers' scoring with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Virgil Green with 10:53 left in the game.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Rushing
L.A. Chargers   Jacksonville
Austin Ekeler Player Leonard Fournette
8 Attempts 15
101 Yards 50
12.6 Avg Yards 3.3
0 Touchdowns 0
35 Long 11
Receiving
L.A. Chargers   Jacksonville
Austin Ekeler Player DJ Chark Jr.
4 Receptions 9
112 Yards 75
28.0 Avg Yards 8.3
1 Touchdowns 0
84 Long 22
Team Stats Summary
 
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
L.A. Chargers 525 195 330 6 1 0 2.0 0
Jacksonville 252 88 164 1 1 0 1.0 0
Upcoming Games
  • Jacksonville will play their next game on the road against Oakland. The Jaguars have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .222 after a loss.
  • L.A. Chargers will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Chargers have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .375 after a loss.