TB 34 SD 24 Final
The San Diego Chargers gave away another halftime lead, this time to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After trailing 21-17 at the half, the Bucs came back to put away the Chargers.
Philip Rivers had a great first half, throwing three TD passes to Denario Alexander, Antonio Gates and Malcom Floyd. It looked almost as if Rivers couldn’t miss in the first half, but that theme didn’t last too long as the Chargers headed out of the locker room for the second half.
With his team playing catch-up, Rivers threw two interceptions as he attempted to bring his team back in the second half. His first interception came as he was running out of bounds and tried to force a pass inside. The second interception came off a poorly thrown pass down the sideline which was picked off by Lequan Lewis.
Rivers finished the game with 337 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions. A big day statistically for the San Diego QB, but turnovers killed his team’s chances.
Josh Freeman had a better day than his San Diego counterpart, throwing for 210 yards, two TDs and no interceptions. Freeman and the Tampa Bay offense managed to keep stride with the Chargers for most of the game despite Dough Martin only rushing for 68 yards. However, it was the Bucs’ defense that really sealed the deal in the end.
The Bucs scored off two turnovers in the game, including a blocked punt which was returned by Adam Hayward and an interception return by Leonard Johnson. While the defense had trouble defending the pass, they did shut down Ryan Mathews, limiting him to just 54 yards on the ground.
The Bucs pick up their fifth win of the season and improve to 5-4 on the season. This win was their third straight after picking up wins against Minnesota and Oakland.
With the loss, the Chargers fall to 4-5 on the season and continue to fade in the AFC West standings. The Chargers will now head to Denver for a pivotal road matchup with their AFC West rivals, the Denver Broncos.