|Philip Rivers was selected by the New York Giants with the fourth pick overall in the 2004 NFL Draft and traded to the San Diego Chargers, along with a third-round pick in 2004 and first- and fifth-round picks in 2005. He signed a six-year, $92 million contract extension in August 2009. |
Rivers' performance was, in many ways, similar to the previous season. Though he had fewer interceptions (15), there was a marked increase in fumbles. Rivers fumbled the ball 15 times, losing it on 7 occasions--a career-worst on both counts. However, his passing game stayed on point. Rivers threw for 3,606 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Rivers' season was marred by turnovers, featuring a career-worst 20 interceptions and five lost fumbles, including one at the end of a game in Kansas City that cost the Chargers the contest and ultimately the division title. His passing numbers were still outstanding, though, as he racked up 4,624 yards and 27 TDs. He was voted to the Pro Bowl for the fourth time in his career.
Rivers put up career numbers across the board, completing 357 of 541 passes (66 percent) for 4,710 yards, 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. His yardage total was the highest in the league, despite the fact that his receiving corps changed on an almost weekly basis.
Earned his second career Pro Bowl invite after setting career-highs in completions (317) and yards (4,254). He threw for 28 TDs and tossed fewer than 10 interceptions (nine) for the second time in his four years as a starter.
Played in 16 games with 16 starts. He completed 312 of 478 passes (65.3 percent) for 4,009 yards, 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Led the Chargers to an AFC Championship Game appearance, which he played in despite an ACL injury. He started in all 16 games and completed 277 of 460 passes for a rating of 82.4.
Started all 16 games after Drew Brees left for New Orleans as a free agent. Completed 284 of 460 passes (61.7 percent) for 3,388 yards, 22 TDs and nine interceptions. Was voted to the Pro Bowl but was unable to attend due to a foot injury.
Served as the No. 2 quarterback behind Drew Brees in all 16 games. Saw action in Week 17 when Brees went down with a shoulder injury and completed 12 of 22 passes for 115 yards, no scores and an interception.
After holding out most of training camp with a contract dispute, Rivers spent the majority of the season as the No. 3 quarterback behind Drew Brees and Doug Flutie. Saw game action in the second half of a Week 17 game against the Chiefs, completing five of eight attempts for 33 yards and a touchdown.
Rivers enjoyed a stellar career at NC State.
He owns almost every ACC record there is to own for a quarterback:
• 13,582 career yards of total offense
• 95 career touchdown passes
• 1,710 pass attempts
• 1,147 pass completions
• In on 112 touchdown plays
• Eighteen 300-yard passing games
• Seven 400-yard passing games