It was Jackson's second score of the day and seventh of the season, tying his career-high. With eight games left to play, Jackson is a safe bet to shatter that mark in what has been a breakout campaign for the fifth-year receiver.
"Norv and the coaching staff have done a good job of just keeping us focused on one week at a time," Jackson said.
While the offense stole the show at the end, San Diego's defense deserves credit for its gutsiest outing of the season. The defense's biggest stop followed a Rivers interception with less than four minutes to play. The Giants took over possession at the San Diego 4-yard line and were unable to punch it in, giving the Chargers another opportunity to drive for the winning points.
DE Jacques Cesaire
"Our guys have great character and they're awfully competitive," Norv Turner said. "This was a character win. There is no quit in this group."
Many of San Diego's recurring defensive struggles were present again. Manning completed better than 75 percent of his passes; Brandon Jacobs averaged more than 6 yards on his 11 carries; and the Chargers failed to force a turnover.
Nonetheless, Ron Rivera's men bowed their backs when it mattered most.
"This was a great win for us because it tests our character and lets us know where we're at as a team," Merriman said.
--Sunday's game marked the second time this season Rivers has run the two-minute drill to perfection to steal a win on the road. He also did in during the season-opener against the Oakland Raiders.
"Philip, he's in such control out there," Turner said. "We struggled with some of our one-on-one matchups in the front, but we were able to block them on the last drive and that was big. Our guys stepped up and did some of the things they're capable of doing."
However, Rivers did throw two interceptions in the same game for the first time since Week 2. But seeing as he followed his second turnover with the incredible orchestration of the game-winning drive, his coach was quick to forgive him.
"Philip is not going to blink," Turner said. "I thought he managed the clock very well."
--LaDainian Tomlinson ran 12 times for 22 yards (1.8 ypc). That's his lowest number of rushing yards in a game in which he had at least 10 carries since 2005, when the Philadelphia Eagles limited him to 7 yards on 17 carries. The Eagles will face the Chargers at Qualcomm this upcoming Sunday.
--TE Kris Wilson caught his first pass as a Charger and made the most of it, scoring a 2-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
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