The Los Angeles Chargers committed seven turnovers the Minnesota Vikings converted into 20 points in a 39-10 loss Sunday, their fourth in five games.
The Chargers (5-9) allowed the final 29 points after Philip Rivers’ 2-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams gave them a 10-9 lead eight minutes, 42 seconds before halftime.
Rivers had three passes intercepted and lost a fumble when he was sacked by Danielle Hunter. Running back Austin Ekeler attempted to recover for the Chargers, but was pulled away by Minnesota linebacker Eric Kendricks, a former UCLA standout.
Ifeadi Odenigbo recovered the loose ball and ran 56 yards down the sideline for a touchdown with eight seconds left in the half to give the Vikings a 19-10 lead.
Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 19 of 25 passes for 207 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown to Irv Smith on the game’s opening possession. Dan Bailey missed the conversion but made four field goals as the Vikings (10-4) won for the eighth time in 10 games.
The victory combined with the Los Angeles Rams 44-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys gave Minnesota a two-game lead over the Rams in the race for the NFC’s second and final wild-card playoff berth. Both teams have two games remaining.
Rivers completed 28 of 39 passes for 307 yards and was sacked three times before a crowd announced at 25,446 for the Chargers first game at Dignity Health Sports Park since Nov. 8.
The Chargers outgained the Vikings, 345 yards to 344, but trailed 18-17 in first downs and 32:19-27:41 in time of possession.
Michael Badgley kicked a 41-yard field goal on the Chargers’ first possession.
Minnesota running back Mike Boone ran for 8- and 2-yard touchdowns in the fourth quarter after the Chargers turned the ball over on downs the Vikings’ 15-yard line and a fumble by tight end Hunter Henry was recovered by Vikings’ cornerback Trae Waynes at the Chargers’ 30-yard line and returned 20 yards.
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