Philip Rivers set NFL records for completion percentage and consecutive completions to start a game and tied the record for consecutive completions as the Los Angeles Chargers routed the Arizona Cardinals, 45-10, Sunday at StubHub Center.
Rivers completed 28-of-29 passes, 96.6 percent, breaking the previous record of 92.3 percent by Pro Football Hall of Fame member Kurt Warner, set in 2009 when he completed 24 of 26 passes for the Cardinals against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
At least 20 passes are required for a percentage record.
Rivers completed his first 25 passes, breaking the previous record of 22 set by Mark Brunell of the Washington Redskins in a Sept. 24, 2006, game against the Houston Texans.
The 25 consecutive completions tied the overall record set in 2015 by Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill over two games.
Rivers threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns as the Chargers rebounded from a 23-22 loss to the Denver Broncos last Sunday to win for the seventh time in eight games, improving to 8-3, their best start since 2009.
Rivers threw 9- and 2-yard touchdown passes to Mike Williams in the second quarter and a 4-yard touchdown pass to Keenan Allen in the third as the Chargers scored 45 unanswered points, including touchdowns on five consecutive possessions.
Rivers has thrown two or more touchdown passes in 12 consecutive games dating back to last season, a team record.
Melvin Gordon ran for 61 yards on 10 carries, including 28- and 5-yard touchdowns in the second quarter before leaving the game in the third quarter because of a knee injury.
Austin Ekeler ran 2 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the third quarter and Michael Badgley kicked a 31-yard field goal with three minutes, 25 seconds remaining for the Chargers.
The Chargers outgained the Cardinals, 414 yards to 149, led 30-10 in first downs and 35:18-24:42 in time of possession before a crowd announced at 25,343.
Arizona (2-9) scored on its first two possessions, but did not score again. Former UCLA Josh Rosen concluded a nine-play, 76-yard drive following the opening kickoff by throwing a 25-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald.
Phil Dawson kicked a 30-yard field goal on the Cardinals next possession, increasing their lead to 10-0.
Rosen completed 12 of 19 passes for 105 yards and one touchdown with one interception.