Austin Ekeler and Philip Rivers lead scoring barrage in Chargers' win over Jaguars

Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Football

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Los Angeles Chargers offense that has lacked consistent explosion and production this season finally exploded and produced Sunday.

And it wasn't just consistent. It was constant, led by Austin Ekeler.

Taking advantage of a Jacksonville Jaguars team spiraling toward the end of the year, the Chargers enjoyed a rare laugher, winning 45-10.

Before Sunday, 10 of their 12 games this season had been decided by one score.

The victory halted a three-game losing streak and improved the Chargers to 5-8. The Jaguars fell to 4-9.

Ekeler had the game of his life -- to date. He finished with a career-high 101 rushing yards and 112 receiving yards. Those 213 total yards came on only 12 touches -- eight carries and four catches.


He became just the second Charger ever to top 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game. The other was Lionel James in 1985.

Other individual highlights:

-- Philip Rivers, on his 38th birthday, had the longest touchdown pass of his career, an 84-yarder to Ekeler, and finished with his highest single-game quarterback rating ever.

-- Fullback Derek Watt scored his first NFL touchdown.


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