Rivers day in the rain

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had one series clear of rain but the skies opened up on him in the second half. And the Denver defense was similar, blitzing the quarterback at every turn after his initial touchdown drive.

"The first series I was a little wound up," Rivers admitted. "I was comfortable and seeing the field well."

It was an expected turn of events. The backup signal caller comes into the game after boos reigned (rained) down on the Chargers offense for their inconsistent play and leads the team to a touchdown, cutting Denver's lead in half.

After the adrenaline wore off, Philip Rivers was affected by the rain as any other quarterback would be. He had a tough time grasping the ball, fumbling twice in the second half, one which led to a safety and another that cost the Chargers ten yards and led to a fourth and 15 in Denver territory.

"The ball slipped out of my hands and I had Gates," Rivers said of his fumble where the team retained possession.

His next pass went off the fingertips of Antonio Gates and was intercepted by Curome Cox. Rivers ended up making the tackle – and was flagged for a personal foul facemask penalty in the process.

That interception led to a touchdown run by Tatum Bell and a 16-point Denver lead.

"Those things cant happen – it can't happen in middle school football," added Rivers.

Rivers, who wanted his career to start, had the typical ups and downs of a quarterback playing for the first time in a regular season game.

He provided an initial spark but came away with 12 completions in 20 attempts for 115 yards and an interception. He avoided a few sacks as the Denver defense brought the heat on nearly every down. He also looked tentative at times and threw behind several receivers.

"If we are going to play, we are going to play hard," Denver safety John Lynch said.

Rivers prides himself on being ready to play at the drop of a hat and that cap hit the ground hard when Brees injured his shoulder.

There were moments that made one think he could get the job done and others that made you wonder.

"It is tough," Rivers said of coming into the game without warning. "That is every backup in the league. You are one play away. I take it upon myself to want to pick up right where we left off."

What he was most upset about was not being able to come back and work on his mistakes.

"It is going to eat at you a little bit – the only half of football and I can't come back and correct the mistakes."

It will be interesting to see if his performance on the Brees – Rivers saga that is sure to reach new heights this off-season.

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