Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rivers Leads Chargers Past 49ers in OT; NFL

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rivers Leads Chargers Past 49ers in OT; NFL

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. * Philip Rivers prevailed through a balky back and a sore chest to keep San Diego's slim playoff chances alive.

Those three interceptions in the season's second-to-last week will all but be forgotten if this improbable comeback somehow leads the Chargers into the postseason.

After Rivers led a 21-point rally in the second half, Nick Novak kicked a 40-yard field goal nearly 5 minutes into overtime to give the Chargers a 38-35 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night.

Rivers completed his fourth touchdown pass of the day with a tying 11-yard TD pass to Malcom Floyd with 29 seconds left in regulation after completing a pair of fourth-and-longs as the Chargers (9-6) forced overtime.

Phil Dawson's 60-yard field goal attempt for San Francisco as regulation ended fell way short. Quinton Patton then fumbled in overtime to set up San Diego's winning drive.

On a night when nearly everything clicked for the home team until the waning moments, Rivers prevailed despite being down two key playmakers in Keenan Allen and Ryan Mathews. …

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