Rivers spotted in Chargers loss

Philip Rivers saw his first live action of the season, driving the Chargers to a touchdown on his first series in relief of Drew Brees. The result of the game? A Chargers loss to the Broncos, 23-7.

The Chargers were down by 14 points after two touchdown runs by Tatum Bell – one coming on the heels of a Drew Brees fumble on the one yard line.

John Lynch hit Brees to cause the fumble and Brees suffered a shoulder injury on the play, paving the way for Philip Rivers to enter the game.

Rivers led a ten-play, 69-yard drive, completing a key 22-yard pass to Eric Parker on second and 20. He was also aided by a 28-yard run from LaDainian Tomlinson. The Bolts score came on a fourth and one play from the six. Tomlinson cut behind his linemen and willed himself into the end zone, setting a new Chargers record for most touchdowns in a season with 20.

The former North Carolina State signal called was also the victim of Lynch, fumbling a ball into his end zone which Shane Olivea pounced on to give Denver a safety and 16-7 lead.

Starter Drew Brees was ineffective while he was on the field. He ended the day 8-for-14 for 68 yards and the lost fumble. He also threw a ball into the chest of a Denver defender, which was dropped.

Rivers was intercepted with less than five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, leading to Bell's third touchdown run of the day and a 23-7 lead.

His official tally was 12-for-20 for 115 yards with an interception and two fumbles.

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