SAN DIEGO -- Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers still have Eli Mannings number. Moritz Boehringer Jersey
Not the one briefly issued to Manning at the 2004 NFL draft, of course.
Just another victory against him.
Rivers found rookie Keenan Allen for two of his three touchdown passes,
and the Chargers beat Manning and the New York Giants 37-14 on Sunday.
The Chargers (6-7) kept alive their long-shot playoff hopes and helped
eliminate the Giants (5-8) from the playoff picture.
"If you said we were going to be one game out of a playoff berth with
three games to play, it wouldnt be ideal but I think we would sign up
for that," said Rivers, who led the Chargers to just their second win in
the last six games.
Manning dropped to 0-3 against San Diego since 2004, when the Chargers
took him with the No. 1 overall draft pick and then sent him a short
time later to the Giants for Rivers and a handful of draft picks.
Manning was booed all day by fans who still remember the sleight they
felt when Archie Manning, in the days before that draft, asked the
Chargers not to take his son.
And now the Giants are out of the playoff hunt.
"Thats not what the goal was," Manning said. "This organization and this
team expects to make the playoffs and be in contention for
championships and obviously to know that with three games to go, its
disappointing. Todays loss was a tough one."
The Chargers felt they played their most complete game of the year. They
rushed for 144 yards, including 103 yards on 29 carries by
New York cornerback Jayron Hosley said the Chargers "came out fighting
and came out ready to play. We came out kind of flat. We started to pick
it up at times, but we took too many blows."
Said Allen: "I think we got on top of these guys pretty early and put
them out their misery. They didnt really want to play anymore."
Manning was picked off twice, the first time when Donald Butler came up
with a deflected pass midway through the first quarter. Three plays
later, Allen got open for a 43-yard play that he completed by lunging
for the pylon for the score.
Allen had three catches to push his season total to 61, breaking
LaDainian Tomlinsons team rookie record of 59 in 2001.
Rivers was 21 of 28 for 249 yards before being replaced by
Charlie Whitehurst with more than five minutes left.
Manning was 20 of 32 for 259 yards, with one TD.
Allen also had a 4-yard TD catch and Danny Woodhead grabbed a 6-yard
Manning also lost to the Chargers in 2005, when Drew Brees was still
their starting quarterback, and in 2009, when Rivers threw three
touchdown passes, including a last-minute, game-winner to
Asked if the fans affected Manning, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said: "I
dont think so at all. I think their team affected us."
New York lost for just the second time in seven games following an 0-6
The Chargers are tied with the New York Jets, one game behind Baltimore
and Miami in the race for the second AFC wild-card spot. The Chargers
visit Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Thursday night. The
Broncos beat the Chargers 28-20 on Nov. 10.
Allen was hurt while making a 12-yard catch late in the first quarter
and went into the locker room. He returned late in the second quarter
and caught his second scoring pass to give San Diego a 17-0 lead.
Allen said he had an X-ray on his shoulder, which was negative, and then
got a pain-killing shot before going back into the game.
"My shoulders fine," he said. "I just fell too hard, just trying to dive
and get away from the contact but I ended up hurting myself."
A 36-yard field goal by Nick Novak and Rivers TD pass to Woodhead --
which was set up by Marcus Gilchrists recovery of Andre Browns fumble --
helped the Chargers take a 24-0 halftime lead.
The Chargers blew a 24-0 halftime lead to Peyton Manning and the Broncos
last year, but werent about to do to same to Mannings little brother
and the Giants.
Rivers was sacked by Justin Tuck and fumbled on the first possession of
the second half, with Cullen Jenkins recovering at the 18 to set up
Peyton Hillis 1-yard scoring run.
Rivers appeared to injure his neck when he dove for the loose ball but
stayed in the game.
Mathews scored on a 1-yard run to cap an 11-play, 80-yard drive that was
all on the ground except for a pass from Rivers to Vincent Brown that
drew a 36-yard pass interference call against linebacker
Manning threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Myers and Novak added
field goals of 27 and 43 yards, all in the fourth quarter.
NOTES: A moment of silence was observed for Nelson Mandela before the
national anthem. ... Chargers OLB Melvin Ingram made his season debut
after tearing up his left knee in May. He had one tackle.
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pool deck beyond the right field fence for the tiebreaking home run in
the Rockies 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
CLEVELAND -- Chris Colabello isnt taking a single moment in the majors
After spending seven seasons playing independent ball in Canada,
Colabello has finally made the big time and hes savoring every pitch,
every swing and every game.
And so far, hes made the most of each one.
Colabello drove in four runs to raise his AL-leading total to 11,
Brian Dozier scored three times and the Minnesota Twins outslugged the
Cleveland Indians 10-7 on Sunday to take two of three games in the
Colabello, who spent 2005 to 2011 paying his dues in the
Canadian-American Association before signing with the Twins in 2012,
broke a 6-6 tie with a three-run double in the sixth inning off
Blake Wood (0-1). The 30-year-old Colabello also had an RBI single in
the fourth as the Twins concluded a season-opening road trip before
playing their home opener Monday.
"Its awesome," Colabello said of his fast start. "Every day I get to
spend in the big leagues is awesome, regardless of how many hits I get
or production. Obviously, its nice to help the team and contribute. Its
been exciting. Its fun to wake up every morning and do my job."
Joe Mauer had three hits and scored twice for the Twins, who took
advantage of wildness by Cleveland pitchers. Of Minnesotas 10 runs,
seven were set up by either a walk or hit batter.
Anthony Swarzak (1-0) picked up the win in relief of Twins starter
Ricky Nolasco, and Glen Perkins worked a perfect ninth for his second
"It was a crazy game," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "A lot of
stuff happened. Im glad we won."
David Murphy had four hits, Jason Kipnis had three RBIs and Yan Gomes
hit a two-run homer for Cleveland.
Indians starter Justin Masterson didnt get through four innings, but got
his second straight no-decision. He pitched seven shutout innings at
Oakland on opening day.
After the Indians rallied from a 6-2 deficit on Kipnis three-run double
in the fourth and Murphys RBI double in the fifth, the Twins loaded the
bases in the sixth when Wood walked Dozier, put Mauer on intentionally
and then hit Jason Bartlett. Colabello, who turned down a $$1 million
offer this winter to play in Korea, then cleared the bags. Womens Anthony Barr Jersey.
Gardenhire is impressed with how well Colabello, who was the
International League MVP and played in 55 games for the Twins last
season, has adapted.
"Coming into the spring he had a chance to go overseas and make some
pretty good money," Gardenhire said. "He elected to stay here because he
wanted to play in the big leagues. Its worked out for him. Hes taken
full advantage. Its a good story. "
Masterson lasted only 3 2-3 innings, allowing five runs and seven hits.
He walked three, hit two and needed 97 pitches to get 11 outs. It wasnt
the type of performance the Indians are accustomed to from their No. 1
starter, who couldnt reach agreement on a long-term contract during
talks with the club during spring training.
"It seemed like it was one of those days in general," Masterson said.
"You want to make some adjustments, but it just didnt happen."
Bartlett was forced to play in the outfield for just the second time as a
pro, and a had rough day.
Bartlett, who was brought in after Josh Willingham was hit in the wrist
by Masterson, misplayed the carom off the angled outfield wall on Kipnis
double, couldnt handle a sinking liner to left-centre and was hit by a
"Goodness gracious, the wind was brutal out there in left field,"
Gardenhire said. "It was a tough one for him, but we had no choice. Weve
got a couple of infielders who have to play the outfield in those
situations. We have to figure something out."
NOTES: Gardenire received dozens of text messages after getting his
1,000th career win on Saturday. Former players such as Joe Nathan,
Torii Hunter and Jim Thome all checked in, but Gardenhire joked he was
disappointed not to hear from the First Fan. "The President didnt call,"
he said. "But I know Mr. Obama is a White Sox fan." ... X-rays on
Willinghams wrist were negative. The Twins were already down one
outfielder because Oswaldo Arcia missed his second straight game with a
sore wrist. Gardenhire said Arcia will be evaluated Monday. ... Mauer
was 4 for 21 entering the day.
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