JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Thank goodness for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“It’s nice to smile every once in a while again, isn’t it?” said Chargers head coach Mike McCoy, talking to reporters after a win for the first time since Week 4. “It’s always nice to smile in here. It’s been a long time.”
The Chargers defeated Jacksonville for the third straight year and the fifth time in six meetings since 2004.
Against AFC South teams, San Diego has won four straight games and 11 of its past 13.
San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers led the charge, completing 29 of 43 passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns. It’s the seventh time Rivers has thrown for at least 300 yards this season.
Rivers reached a couple of impressive milestones on Sunday. He became the 17th quarterback in NFL history with 40,000 career passing yards and moved into 12th all time in passing touchdowns with 274, climbing past Hall of Famer Joe Montana with three touchdown passes in the first half. Rivers now has 40,166 career passing yards.
“There’s a lot of people that had a hand in those 40,000 yards,” Rivers said. “That’s a collective milestone. But I’m thankful I’ve been able to be out there for 155 in a row, and I’m thankful I’ve been able to be out there that long with my teammates.”
The Chargers remain in the AFC West cellar at 3-8.
Homecoming for Herndon: Jacksonville native Javontee Herndon performed well in his return to his hometown, finishing with two punt returns for 31 yards, including a long of 18 yards. Entering Sunday’s contest, the Chargers had a league-low 1 punt-return yard. Herndon bounced back nicely after fumbling a muffed punt last week against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Ouch: The Chargers finally made it through a contest without any significant injuries to report.