Chargers, Rivers Advance to AFC Championship


Wow…This guy (or gal) has got to feel even more stupid today than he did when he wrote the following comments just a day after Philip Rivers threw for almost 300 yards and was 12-for-19 for 196 yards and a touchdown (128.6 rating) in the second half of the Chargers’ playoff win against the Tennessee Titans.

Speaking of San Diego mirages, that brings me to the case of Philip Rivers. In an article this past offseason (also subrscriber only), I called Rivers the most overrated quarterback in football because of his lack of consistency and his inability to keep his poise when facing the blitz. His consistency has not improved, as he posted a quarterback rating of less than 75 in nine games this year. Rivers’ numbers against the blitz are better this season, but he still seems far too jittery when a pass rush starts to collapse the pocket. On a positive note, Rivers has topped the 90 passer rating mark in each of his last four games (including the playoff start). But I would ask the same question about him that I asked for the Chargers D: Is he playing that well or is his opposition really weak? What do your numbers say?

Before the season started we discussed the ‘elevation’ of Philip Rivers in this entry. You need to click on it as it is not often that you get to discuss Meat Loaf in the context of PR#17!

The Chargers’ lack of a top-tier wide receiver and injuries to key offensive linemen impaired Philip’s performance this year. His developing reputation for being a talker didn’t do him many favors, either.

Then again, after a Pro Bowl season last year – being chosen OVER Tom Brady – almost ANY performance this season was probably going to pale in comparison. But Rivers has looked like his old self for most of the last two months and he improved his NFL playoff record to 2-1 today as the Chargers took another step towards this Super Bowl with a huge win in Indianapolis today. From Rotoworld :

Philip Rivers completed 14-of-19 passes for 264 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception before leaving with a knee injury in Sunday’s 28-24 Divisional Round upset of Indianapolis.

A career making performance, as Rivers carried the offense. He made big throws under pressure for a number of difficult third down conversions. Rivers jumped to throw his final TD pass, and landed on his knee awkwardly before leaving for the locker room. He had a brace on his right knee, whereas his left knee has hurt him all season. Billy Volek finished off the win, but we suspect Rivers will be back next week. Jan. 13 – 4:32 pm et

It has been a really bad weekend, so let’s link up the following video for some happiness.

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22 Responses to Chargers, Rivers Advance to AFC Championship

  1. MrPlywood 01/14/2008 at 12:32 AM #

    I loved watching the Indy game. Well done Philip. This week and last, the opposition gameplan was to make Rivers beat them, and he did just that.

    I am a bit curious about the “talking” part though. I don’t recall hearing about anything like that before this season, and there seem to have been more than a few incidents. Media hype?

  2. old_pcorone 01/14/2008 at 3:30 AM #

    It was fun to watch the game, very entertaining.
    I turned the TV off with 3 minutes to go and the ball in Peyton hands and came back just at the last play…. woohooo!!!

    Now regarding the talking part, there is even a cartoon in the Noise and Disturber website, and PR was “talking” to the Indy Fans at the end.

  3. Great Dane Guy 01/14/2008 at 7:36 AM #

    I also enjoyed watching PR stick it to Indy. That third down pass, I think it was a third and 15, was beautifull. The end of the game shot with him jawing with an Indy fan was painfull, though. The camera sure followed him alot today, looking for such a moment.

  4. RickJ 01/14/2008 at 7:41 AM #

    Rivers isn’t the only ex Pack player to make KC Joyner look stupid:

    “In not moving their corners around, it seems that the Jaguars are saying that Mathis and Williams (NC State’s Brian) are interchangeable coverage-wise. I won’t be the least bit surprised if we see Moss facing Williams more than a few times. On account of that, I won’t be surprised to see Moss reach the end zone multiple times.”

    Williams covered Moss all game and Moss lit him up for 1 catch for 14 yards and 0 times in the end zone.

  5. wolfonthehill 01/14/2008 at 8:17 AM #

    How do these people get paid to be ignorant?

  6. Pack92 01/14/2008 at 8:24 AM #

    Rivers does talk junk – and backs it up. He was REALLY talking some smack when he went to the locker room in the 3rd yesterday and enjoying every minute of it. At the end of the game he was talking junk to one of the Indy fans at the edge of the seating area and the idiot shot him the rod – PR just laughed and I LOVE it!
    The guys’ article was right. PR was jittery the first half of the season but he has done what all good QB’s eventually do – settled into his offense,making better decisions and improving his play. Indy was getting to him yesterday as well, making him move, yet he never got rattled. He still makes some questionable throws but so does Brett Favre. Way to go Phillip!

  7. packgrad2000 01/14/2008 at 8:25 AM #

    That was a great game. A little redemption after Saturday’s embarassment (even if he wasn’t wearing red). LT and Gates weren’t factors at all. Rivers, the so-called “weak link” did it with the help of the much improved Vincent Jackson (SD’s D and O-line weren’t bad either!). Now let’s see Rivers take down Brady & Co!

  8. RAWFS 01/14/2008 at 8:28 AM #

    How do these people get paid to be ignorant?

    They pander to the big market schools and teams.

    Keep in mind that sometimes a blind pig will find an ear of corn.

  9. highonlowe 01/14/2008 at 9:30 AM #

    Four QBs remain: Favre, Brady, E. Manning, Rivers
    IMO, #17 has forced himself into the elite QB discussion. (as much as I hate to admit it, so has Eli)

  10. CEK NCSU 01/14/2008 at 9:43 AM #


    As for the talking part…this is something that started this year. He was called out by Champ Bailey after the Denver Broncos game when SD destroyed them for a second time. P Riv was jawing at Jay Cutler from the sidelines after a play in which Cutler messed up. Bailey basically met with reporters and said P Riv had no right to trash talk as he is not an elite QB yet. Something that I would have to agree with ‘right now.’

    I’m all about P Riv and I think he is the best thing to happen at NCSU since Ted Brown, but down feed fuel to a fire that you don’t need to be fighting anyways. It is one thing to trash talk to someone on the field at the same time as you…completely different to ‘talk’ from the sidelines or to drunken fans. This will get you nothing but problems.

    Still yesterday was a great game and I’m praying for a better one this weekend.

  11. tobaccordshow 01/14/2008 at 10:34 AM #

    After the “fumblerooskie” in that video, I almost cried seeing amato with arms up in the air. How I wish he were still here (and good).

    But that’s a thing of the past. I hope we can see TOB take us to a Gator Bowl next year…

  12. Clarksa 01/14/2008 at 10:47 AM #

    “As for the talking part…this is something that started this year.”

    Wrong. Philip has ALWAYS talked a big game…its just getting noticed by the media types now…especially after the Champ Bailey comments.

  13. GoldenChain 01/14/2008 at 2:25 PM #

    All down the stretch of the season PR took the Bolts on his shoulders game after game. Even in games where he didn’t have the best numbers he still made the critical drive or completion. After last week’s game the headlines all said that LT “won” the game. Never mind that they were up 10-7 and the half yard stretch could have easily been ruled a TD pass on the previous play.
    The headlines yesterday? The Bolts won with Rivers and LT out of the game. How do you think they would have done with Volek going the distance?!

    The jawing bothers me, not with other players but with the fans. PR needs to zip-it with the rank-n-file. The minority players have jawed for years so what’s the problem now that a white boy is doing it?

  14. E-RO 01/14/2008 at 3:22 PM #

    Is it just me, or does Bryan Peterson get up and do Gavin’s X at the beginning of that video?

  15. PackHooligan 01/14/2008 at 4:02 PM #

    I am just sick of the media harping on football players talking trash. They ALL talk trash, who cares? I had plenty of players from visiting teams talk trash to me at NCSU basketball games (where I usually sat behind the visiting bench), and I loved it! People need to stop making up reasons to get their feelings hurt.

  16. doug74 01/14/2008 at 5:16 PM #

    I’m not worried about Phillip. He has always had the media problem and excelled anyway. He went to State after all. This is just making their winning that much sweeter. I love watching the ESPN guys about to blow. They perpetuate the same myths and are not going to give him any credit no matter what their record is. The producers want a Manning,Brady, or Favre in the SB. The SD fans know what’s going on.

  17. Kman Chu 01/14/2008 at 5:52 PM #

    I hope Philip’s knee is ready to go, and that it doesn’t get injured worse in the next game. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rodney “cheap-shot” Harrison take a roll or two at his legs if he does play.

    I’ll admit it looks bad when they showed Philip jawing at the Indy fans. Maybe they should get one of those parabolic mics and play what he actually says. The dude doesn’t even curse, how bad could it be? I’d venture it wasn’t much more offensive than his “thanks. Appreciate it” as he ran into the tunnel.

  18. benniebolton 01/14/2008 at 5:56 PM #

    great to see Phillip playing great, but the trash talking I can do without. Hope he keeps up this play, it’d be awesome to see him take out Brady and the Pats — and keep his mouth shut

  19. VaWolf82 01/14/2008 at 6:45 PM #

    I would never be called a “fashion plate”, but even I could find something nicer to wear for the post-game press conferences than what PR has worn this year.

  20. blpack 01/14/2008 at 9:46 PM #

    PR has come on strong in the last couple months. He and the team are playing like SD should with all that talent available. If those guys can get healthy for Saturday they have a shot, but it will take a super game. I’d like to see less talking to, but the man has always been a Larry Bird type in that he talks a big game and plays a big game. To him it is all in fun. Good luck to Philip and Chargers this weekend.

  21. NCSU2WFU 01/15/2008 at 8:06 PM #

    I haven’t seen anything on this board yet, but did anyone else notice that the circuit city commercial that was playing during the game (where there’s a mouse that’s clicking and dragging the size of the TV bigger) had old NCSU v. Clemson highlights, with a clip of PR throwing? I don’t think that specific game turned out well for us, but it sure was nice seeing #17 in red.

  22. Tau837 01/18/2008 at 1:09 AM #

    Regarding “his inability to keep his poise when facing the blitz,” Rivers had a QB rating of 100.1 vs. the blitz in 2006 and 94.1 vs. the blitz in 2007. This can be seen in the split stats on the ESPN player pages. Another well researched opinion piece…

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