Rivers makes rare costly mistake

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

SAN DIEGO -- Philip Rivers just made one of his first mistakes of the season.

And it hurt the Chargers badly.

On San Diego's third play of the game, New York cornerback David Barrett stepped in front of a pass intended for tight end Antonio Gates and picked it off for an easy score. Barrett read the pass easily.

The pass, Rivers' first of the game, was ill-fated from the start. Rivers bobbled the shotgun snap from center Jeremy Newberry before quickly unloading.