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When you've got Philip Rivers on your team, smash-mouth football doesn't seem to come up a lot on offense. But that didn't stop San Diego from letting the running game loose on Thursday night.
Last week against New York, Ryan Mathews finished with 29 carries for 103 yards in what was looked at as a solid night for the Chargers running back. Mike McCoy must have realized that the running game was working, because he went right ahead and fed Mathews for another 29 carries against the Broncos.
Mathews battled the high altitude and a minor leg injury to rip off a season-high 128 rushing yards, surpassing the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second time in his career while also collecting his fifth game this season with more than 100 yards rushing—tied for most in the NFL.
San Diego had a respective 44 rushing attempts compared to Denver's 11.