The San Diego Chargers won a wild one Sunday against the St. Louis Rams 27-24 at Qualcomm Stadium. Safety Marcus Gilchrist’s interception in the end zone with a little over a minute left clinched the second victory in a row.
It was not an easy one for the Bolts as they got into a hole early after quarterback Philip Rivers threw an interception in the end-zone that was returned 99 yards for a touchdown from Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins, in the first quarter.
St. Louis was winning 10-6 going into the half, but it was San Diego who would take control early in the second half.
Running back Ryan Mathews got things going with a 32-yard score in the Chargers first possession in the third quarter, he would end the day with 105 yards on the ground, his most of the season.
The Bolts then got a defensive score of their own, when defensive end Corey Luiget forced a fumble on St. Louis quarterback Shaun Hill, and linebacker Andrew Gachkar scooped up the ball and ran it in from 13 yards out.
San Diego’s defense then forced a stop, but wide receiver Keenan Allen muffed the punt, and the Rams would capitalize by scoring on a 6-yard rush from wide receiver Tavon Austin.
Allen would make up for the mistake on the team’s next drive though, when he caught a pass from Rivers, and ran 29-yards for a touchdown, his second of the season.
A fake punt would then extend the Rams next drive, and they went on to score on a 6-yard touchdown grab from Austin.
Austin then took the ensuing Chargers punt all the way to the Bolts 5-yard-line, but a holding penalty brought the Rams back to the Chargers 40.
Needing just a field goal to tie, Hill threw the interception in the end-zone to Gilchrist, which sealed the Chargers win.
The win puts the Chargers (7-4) in a tie with the Kansas City Chiefs, for second place in the AFC West.
They will take on the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday, in Baltimore.