San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 500 yards with no interceptions and still lose, when the Chargers lost to the Green Bay Packers Sunday, 27-20.
Rivers set franchise records in yards (503), completions (43) and attempts (65) in the loss that came down to the wire. He also tossed two touchdowns, one to Ladarius Green and the other to Dontrelle Inman.
The Chargers (2-4) gave the undefeated Packers arguably their biggest scare of the season.
With less than a minute left in the game, Antonio Gates hauled in a 12-yard catch to bring the offense to a first-and-goal on the three-yard line, with the Chargers trailing 27-20.
However, they weren’t able to punch it in after an incomplete pass to Antonio Gates, two draw plays to Danny Woodhead that netted only a yard and an incomplete pass to Woodhead on fourth down.
Keenan Allen was the beneficiary of a lot of Rivers’ completions, grabbing 14 catches for 157 yards. Eleven of those receptions and 128 of those yards came in the first half.
It tied the team record for most catches in a first half and set the team record for receiving yards in a first half. Allen suffered an injury in the third quarter and Rivers struggled after that, going 3-for-8 targeting other receivers.
Melvin Gordon was a non-factor for most of the game after suffering a foot injury in the second quarter and then fumbled the ball shortly after returning later in the quarter, and didn’t return to the game after that.
He still led the team in rushing with 29 yards on seven carries, while Branden Oliver and Danny Woodhead also racked up seven carries.
Aaron Rodgers ended the day 16-for-29 with 255 yards and two touchdowns.
Chargers second-year linebacker Jerry Attaochu had one the best games of his career, sacking Rodgers twice and recording three tackles for a loss.
The Chargers come home next Sunday to take on the Oakland Raiders (2-3) at 1:05 p.m.