Chargers’ Rivers on fire against Cowboys

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SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Chargers beat the Dallas Cowboys Sunday afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium to give coach Mike McCoy his first win at home.

Chargers started the game without five starters, including three offensive lineman, but they did get rookie linebacker Manti Te’o back – making his regular season debut.

Chargers-run-out-of-stadiumTe’o made his presence felt on the first two plays after getting a solo tackle he combined with Kendall Reyes for a sack of quarterback Tony Romo.

Quarterback Philip Rivers entered the game with a 116 passer rating – second in the NFL.

Rivers completed a 65-yard drive with a touchdown toss to running-back Danny Woodhead, which was his first touchdown as a Charger.

In the second quarter, the Cowboys evened the score at 7-7 when Romo passed the ball to Dez Bryant.

Later on the quarter, Romo and Bryant reconnected for a 34-yard touchdown to give the Cowboys a 14-10 lead.

Right before the half, the Chargers offensive line failed. Rivers got hit and the ball fluttered into the arms of Cowboy Sean Lee, who ran the ball down the field for 52-yards for a touchdown.

To start the second half, the Chargers reliable combination of Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates pairing up on three straight throws for 38-yards.  Woodhead then took over and ran the ball in for his second touchdown.

On their next drive, the Chargers went 89 yards and polished it off with a Nick Novak field goal from 23 yards out to take the lead.

Mid-way through the fourth quarter, a huge play kept the Chargers momentum going – Vincent Brown stretched for the first down allowing the Chargers a fresh set of downs.

Rivers recombined with Gates, who had his second 100-yard game of the season with 136-yards, and he high-stepped in into the end zone.

Rivers threw for 401 yards and three scores to defeat the Cowboys 30-21 and even their record at 2-2.

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