Cowboys revert to their losing ways as the Chargers rally to win

Chargers CowboysThe San Diego Chargers gave away two 2th quarter leads already this season, but on Sunday they scored the last 20 points to defeat the visiting Dallas Cowboys, 30-21.

Philip Rivers had another great game as he continues to put a disappointing 2012 season behind him, he was very efficient as he completed 35 of 42 passes (83.3%) for 401 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception. It was his 2nd 400 yard game this season.Phillip Rivers

And Dallas head coach Jason Garrett acknowledged it after the game.

“It was really what he did throughout the ballgame,” Garrett told ESPN. “He did a fantastic job. He really controlled the football and controlled the game. He did an outstanding job getting them into the right play over and over again. He threw the ball as well as he’s thrown in a long, long time.”

Antonio Gates led the Bolts with 10 receptions for 136 yards and a 56 yard TD with 6:54 left in the game to ice the win.

The Dallas play calling was again suspect after dominating with the running game last week against the St. Louis Rams when DeMarco Murray ran for 175 yards. The Cowboys attempted  37 passes to just 16 rushes, despite averaging 5.8 yards per carry (16 carries for 92 yards) against the Chargers. In addition, the Cowboys went 15 consecutive plays in the final quarter without throwing the ball to Bryant. Without Austin, that’s unreal. He is their best playmaker on the team.

For his part, Tony Romo did a good job completing 27 of 37 passes for 244 yards, including 2 TD’s. It was his 3rd straight game without throwing an INT.

San Diego’s defense did a great job in the 2nd half  of making adjustments to what they saw in the 1st half and didn’t let the Cowboys sniff the end zone as the offense worked over the Dallas defense.

One more leap until the Hall of Fame
One more leap until the Hall of Fame

Game notes

-The Chargers won the 10th meeting between the 2 teams and are now trailing the all time series, 6-4 but they have won 2 straight and 3 of the last 4.

-Backup WR Dwayne Harris played (despite being questionable) and caught 1 pass for 13 yards.

-Attendance for the game was 68, 601.

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  1. Nice analysis, DJ. Right on the money. Dallas needs to stop forgetting to maintain balance in the offense. And if they’re dead set on continuous passing, the least they could do is call Bryant’s number a few more times.

  2. Rivers played lights out. But the bigger story to me was the d, they contained a very good offense, a good sign going forward

  3. Not really big on the title. Makes it sound like the cowboys lost rather than what happened. The chargers won this game, the cowboys played well, the chargers were just better.

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