Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers faced some hard questions following the team’s 24-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The teams played in Mexico City Monday night, and the Chargers had the ball in the final minutes of the game.
Rivers, however, threw his fourth interception of the night in the end zone with 24 seconds to play, sealing the Chiefs’ victory.
“He put us in positions when we did move the ball down the field, especially there at the end. He just ended up with a bad throw at the end,” head coach Anthony Lynn said, according to NFL.com.
Chiefs pick off Philip Rivers to win the game, 24-17.
KC defense picked Rivers off 4 times in Mexico City ?
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 19, 2019
With the loss, the Chargers fell to 4-7, in third place in the AFC West. After a bye week, they play the Denver Broncos on Dec. 1.
ESPN noted that all of the Chargers’ losses this season have been by seven or fewer points.
According to CBSSports.com, in his last four games, Rivers has four touchdowns, eight interceptions and two fumbles, with an accuracy rate hovering around 60%.
The report questioned Rivers’ future with the Chargers, as he soon will turn 38 and remains unsigned for next season.
Rivers didn’t dodge criticism following the game, saying he “didn’t get fooled,” but made a “poor throw” to end the game.
“The only way I know is to fight …” he said. “You just keep fighting.”
Teammates had his back as well.
“Perfect football is just impossible … and you know, we can’t put it on Phil. He makes some bad throws, it’s up to us to make some more plays you know, to pick him up,” said running back Melvin Gordon.
Philip Rivers has thrown 7 interceptions in his last two games, the most in any two-game span in his career.
Monday was his 61st loss by 7 or fewer points as a starting quarterback, the most by a starting QB in the Super Bowl era. pic.twitter.com/uAGc3JzLPw
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 19, 2019
Philip Rivers is a Hall of Famer. Anyone who says otherwise didn’t watch him play football. https://t.co/TGjA5LX4bj
— Adam Schein (@AdamSchein) November 19, 2019
– Staff reports