Giants vs. Chargers: Takeaways from San Diego's 37-14 Win over New York
Philip Rivers threw three touchdowns en route to a 37-14 win, and the defense forced three turnovers. With a short week in store, the Chargers will prepare for a rematch with the Broncos on Thursday Night Football and two more home games against division rivals to close out the season.
Here are today's takeaways from the dominant win.
Allen Playing Through the Pain
Keenan Allen hurt his shoulder late in the first quarter against the Giants and headed to the locker room as every Chargers fan held their breath.
Thankfully, Allen returned in the second quarter to haul in his second touchdown of the game. The rookie continues to be a main source of the Chargers offense while making his case for Rookie of the Year honors.
Allen also passed LaDainian Tomlinson's rookie record for receptions (59) with three catches resulting in 61 for the season.
Mathews Gets Fed
Ryan Mathews got a healthy dose of carries against the Giants, finishing with 29 for 103 yards and a touchdown.
The 29 carries were a season high for Mathews, and he clearly took advantage of the extra work. Fans can't complain to Coach McCoy that Mathews wasn't properly utilized this week, but we'll have to see if he continues to get this sizable workload moving forward.
Ingram Back in Action
It's been a long time since fans have seen Melvin Ingram on the football field—you'd have to go back to last season.
Ingram tore his ACL in the offseason leading up to this season and has been tirelessly working to make his way back. Last year's first-round pick was originally thought to be in danger of missing the entire season, but his individual work behind the scenes has allowed him to return in crunch time for the Chargers.
Ingram had a tackle and a forced fumble in his return to action.
Defense Takes Advantage of Turnover-Prone Giants
Knowing that the Giants had surrendered at least one turnover in every game this season, the San Diego defense didn't disappoint.
Donald Butler and Shareece Wright picked off Eli Manning—his 19th and 20th interceptions of the year. Marcus Gilchrist also recovered a fumble of Andre Brown. Two of the turnovers were converted into points for the Chargers.
Last Sunday against Cincinnati, Danny Woodhead seemed to disappear in the Chargers offense compared to what he had done in previous games. Woodhead finished with 22 yards rushing and 13 receiving against the Bengals.
Out of the blue, Woodhead chose to reappear against the struggling Giants. Woodhead improved from last week's stats with 42 yards rushing and 52 yards receiving, including a touchdown. Not to mention he had an insane one-handed grab.
Scoring in Bunches
Thirty-one points was quite a change from the 10 San Diego scored last week against the Bengals. Twenty-four in the first half alone was a huge accomplishment for a team that struggled in its last game.
Looking ahead to Thursday night's matchup with the Denver Broncos, scoring points will need to be a strength of the Chargers offense. Denver's league-leading offense averages 38.7 points, and the first meeting between the two saw the Broncos score 28.
Efficiency on Third Down and in the Red Zone
San Diego's offense was on point against the Giants, converting 10-of-15 on third down and 3-of-5 in the red zone.
It was definitely a team effort, but give credit to Philip Rivers for his accuracy. Rivers was 21-of-28 and passed for 15 first downs. The win over New York should serve as a confidence-builder as the Chargers prepare for a short week against the Broncos.
Offensive Line Back Together Again
"Reunited and it feels so good." The same offensive line that took the field in Week 1 lined up in front of Philip Rivers in Week 14.
Sunday marked the first that all starters on the offensive line were together again since Week 2. Rivers was still sacked twice and lost a fumble, but it was a relief to see all five guys stay healthy through the course of a game.