1:00 PM ET, September 15, 2013
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Philip Rivers, Chargers upset Eagles on Nick Novak's late field goal
PHILADELPHIA -- That high-octane, ball-control offense belonged to the San Diego Chargers.
Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes to Eddie Royal, and Nick Novak kicked a 46-yard field goal with 7 seconds left to lead the Chargers past the Philadelphia Eagles 33-30 on Sunday, spoiling Chip Kelly's home debut.
On Philly's turf, the Chargers (1-1) looked more like the Eagles' ideal offense.
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They racked up 539 yards, held the ball for 40:17 and sped things up.
"We kind of no-huddled the no-huddlers," Rivers said. "We had our own rhythm of no-huddle going. It was a heck of a team win."
Michael Vick threw for a career-best 428 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score. But a porous Eagles defense couldn't stop Rivers all day.
He finished 36 of 47 for 419 yards, and the Chargers punted only once. They fumbled twice inside Philadelphia's 10 in the first half.
The teams combined for 1,150 total yards.
The Chargers got good news after the game when they learned receiver Malcom Floyd was fine after leaving on a stretcher with a neck injury on a hard hit by DeMeco Ryans and Nate Allen on the first play from scrimmage after halftime.
"All the tests right now look good, so it's great for the organization to go out and get a win for Malcom," coach Mike McCoy said.
Following a dynamic 33-27 victory over Washington last Monday, the Eagles (1-1) needed more time to get their up-tempo offense going against San Diego. They crammed 53 plays into the first half against the Redskins, took a 26-point lead in the third quarter and held on to beat the defending NFC East champs.
But it was the Chargers who moved the ball seemingly at will in the first half. Those two turnovers were costly, however, and the Eagles had a chance to win at the end.
Rivers Reverses Fourth-Quarter Trend
Philip Rivers went 7-of-9 facing at least five pass rushers in the fourth quarter Sunday, throwing a go-ahead touchdown to Eddie Royal against such pressure. Last week, Rivers threw four touchdowns in the first three quarters against Houston's added pressure before slipping in the fourth, going 1-of-4 with an interception.
Philip Rivers vs. 5-Plus Pass Rushers, 4th Quarter This Season
|Week 1||Week 2|
|Yds per att||2.0||7.1|
|-- ESPN Stats & Information|
"It was big for our offense to just convert on third down, trying to keep their fast-paced offense off the field, knowing how explosive they were," Royal said.
The Eagles had a first down at the Chargers 10 before Vick was shaken up on an incomplete pass. Nick Foles came in and threw another incompletion before Vick returned and misfired on a throw. Alex Henery kicked a tying 32-yard field goal that left Rivers plenty of time to answer.
"It doesn't matter how we score as long as we score," Kelly said. "But I still think we left too many opportunities offensively out there."
Rivers quickly led the Chargers down the field with less than two minutes left, and Novak nailed his fourth field goal to win it.
"Last week, we didn't finish the game," McCoy said about blowing a 21-point lead in a 31-28 loss to Houston. "We made too many mistakes. Today, we finished."
The Eagles took a 27-23 lead when Vick ran in from the 2, but the defense couldn't hold it.
Henery allowed the ball to slip through his hands when Fozzy Whittaker fumbled on the kick return and the Chargers started at the Eagles 39. A few plays later, Rivers tossed a 15-yard TD pass to Royal for a 30-27 lead.
"We made our share of plays today and I think we're going to get better," Vick said.
Antonio Gates led the Chargers with 124 yards receiving, Floyd had 102 and Royal added 90.
Rivers found Royal wide open on a third-and-10 for a 24-yard TD pass for a 20-10 lead, but the Eagles got a field goal then tied it when Vick hit Jackson in stride on a deep ball.
Vick tossed a 13-yard TD pass to Riley Cooper to cut San Diego's lead to 13-10 in the second quarter.
Then the Chargers wasted two excellent opportunities on consecutive drives.
The Chargers were at the Eagles 8 on their next possession before Trent Cole forced Ryan Mathews to fumble and Mychal Kendricks recovered. Vick quickly moved the Eagles into field-goal range, but Henery missed a 46-yarder wide right at the end of the half.
Royal has five TDs on 10 catches in two games. ... Chargers rookie LB Manti Te'o didn't play because of a sprained right foot that he injured in a preseason game Aug. 8. ... Eagles starting CB Bradley Fletcher was sidelined because of a concussion.
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Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.8||8.8|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-4||2-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||7:32||Nick Novak 49 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 8 plays, 59 yds, 4:25
|FG||5:33||Alex Henery 25 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 5 plays, 70 yds, 1:56
|TD||14:13||Eddie Royal 11 Yard Pass From Philip Rivers (Nick Novak Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 93 yds, 6:23
|FG||8:06||Nick Novak 44 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 7 plays, 53 yds, 3:37
|TD||6:46||Riley Cooper 13 Yard Pass From Michael Vick (Alex Henery Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 75 yds, 1:20
|TD||10:12||Eddie Royal 24 Yard Pass From Philip Rivers (Nick Novak Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yds, 4:56
|FG||6:50||Alex Henery 48 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 8 plays, 49 yds, 3:19
|TD||4:49||Desean Jackson 61 Yard Pass From Michael Vick (Alex Henery Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 65 yds, 0:26
|FG||10:51||Nick Novak 33 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 17 plays, 73 yds, 8:55
|TD||7:13||Michael Vick 2 Yard Run (Alex Henery Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 76 yds, 3:41
|TD||3:17||Eddie Royal 15 Yard Pass From Philip Rivers (Nick Novak Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 39 yds, 3:55
|FG||1:55||Alex Henery 32 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 57 yds, 1:20
|FG||0:11||Nick Novak 46 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 51 yds, 1:44
The Eagles only ran 58 plays against the Chargers but they did so with less than 20 minutes of possession, averaging 20 seconds per play. That's 5 seconds per play quicker than last week against the Redskins. Playing faster helped the Eagles offense, as they gained 3 more yards per play.[+]
Fast and Furious
Michael Vick connected on 6-of-12 throws at least 15 yards downfield for 199 yards and a touchdown Sunday. This season, Vick has thrown three touchdowns already on 20 throws at least 15 yards downfield, averaging a score every 6.7 attempts. Vick threw five touchdowns in 73 deep attempts (14.6 attempts per touchdown) all of last year.
The Eagles ran 59 plays against the Chargers, but they did so with less than 20 minutes of possession, averaging 20 seconds per play. That's more than five seconds per play quicker than last week against the Redskins. Playing faster helped the Eagles offense, as they gained nearly 3 more yards per play.[+]
Eagles Offense This Season
Philip Rivers went 7-of-9 facing at least five pass rushers in the fourth quarter Sunday, throwing a go-ahead touchdown to Eddie Royal against such pressure. Last week Rivers threw four touchdowns in the first three quarters against added pressure before slipping in the fourth, going 1-of-4 with an interception.[+]
Philip Rivers Facing 5+ Pass Rushers - 4th Quarter This Season
Michael Vick's 81.5 Total QBR was his highest in a loss since Week 4 in 2011 against the 49ers. He can blame the defense, the Eagles had a defensive EPA of -19.4, their 4th-worst in a game during the last 7 seasons.
Philip Rivers had a 93.5 Total QBR against the Eagles, his 2nd-highest QBR in a game since the start of last season. He posted a 72.6 Total QBR in the 4th quarter, after entering the game with a league-low 7.7 4th-quarter Total QBR during the last 2 seasons.[+]
Philip Rivers, 4th Quarter in Last 2 Games
Sunday's game marked a first for Michael Vick. For the first time in his career, Vick has at least 375 Pass yards, 2 Pass TD and a Rush TD in a single game
Eddie Royal has been Philip Rivers' favorite target in the red zone this season. He leads all players in receptions, targets and touchdowns. He is 2 red zone touchdowns away from matching his total entering the season.[+]
Eddie Royal In The Red Zone - This Season
ESPN Stats & Information
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