SAN DIEGO – Chargers fans were awash in a sea of green during Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, but it was the two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the first quarter that had them feeling green.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said the two interceptions early in the game didn’t have anything to do with the notion of him pressing or with any issues regarding his health. The first interception, he said, was about trying to give Antonio Gates a chance; the second, Rivers admitted to simply getting fooled by the defense. “It happens sometimes, not very often but it did today,” he said.
“Health is not an issue,” Rivers said adamantly. “It’s never been an issue in any interception I’ve thrown in 18 years of football.”
The Chargers have been seeking that elusive complete game all season long, and Sunday’s game may be the closest they’ve come to doing so.
“We did some good things,” Rivers said. “Offensively we scored 38 points and obviously there’s some positives in that. Whenever you spot a team that’s won 14 in a row and defending Super Bowl champs 14 points, the odds of you winning go way down.”
With the shortened week, the Chargers taking on the Raiders Thursday, Rivers is already moving on from Sunday’s loss. “I’m not frustrated one bit,” Rivers said. “I’m excited about the next challenge…I couldn’t have tried any harder, prepared anymore; I don’t know that anybody in that locker room could’ve. One thing we’ve done is always given everything we’ve got…I’m excited that we’re still deadlocked in the division and got a chance to play again on Thursday.”
The Chargers, who were in sole possession of first place in the AFC West with a 4-2 record, have since stumbled since returning from their bye week two weeks ago. With losses to the New York Jets and thenKansas City Chiefs, the Chargers are now in a three-way tie for first with the Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders.
Despite Sunday’s loss to Green Bay, the Chargers didn’t lose any ground in the division with both the Chiefs and Raiders losing. The Chiefs falling to Miami 31-3 for the Dolphins first win of the season and the Raiders losing 38-24 to the Broncos.
The Chargers will look to gain ground Thursday when they take on the Raiders at Qualcomm.