The quarterback batted the ball out of the back of end zone for a safety for what was the Giants' first points scored in the first quarter this season. Running back Melvin Gordon did most of the damage with 105 yards rushing and 58 yards receiving, including a 10-yard touchdown catch that gave the Chargers a 27-22 lead with 2:58 left in the game. He had a career-high 69 yards on eight carries, including a 23-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The Chargers have been a bend-don't-break unit under new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, but all that's done is make for tantalizing close losses. It also came four plays after Odell Beckham Jr. hurt an ankle and become the fourth Giants receiver knocked out of the game. Chargers QB Philip Rivers passed Fran Tarkenton for 10th place on the all-time career passing yards list. Sterling Shepard and Brandon Marshall both suffered ankle injuries in the second quarter, and Dwayne Harris suffered a broken foot in the third quarter. He was selected No. 7 overall in the NFL Draft by the Chargers in April.
Los Angeles punched right back with a touchdown on their first possession of the second quarter.
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Rivers' tenure with the Chargers has been good, but the team advanced to one AFC title game, losing to the Patriots after the 2007 season. Rivers hit running back Melvin Gordon for a six-yard screen pass for the score. All told, he accounted for 163 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in the team's first win of 2017.
Manning had given the Giants a 22-17 lead early in the fourth quarter with a 48-yard TD pass to a wide-open Beckham. If the Chargers can force a turnover for the first time since Week 1, they'll have a chance.