Philip Rivers threw for 294 yards and Michael Badgley kicked four field goals, three in the first half, as the Los Angeles Chargers upset the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers 26-11 Sunday.
Melvin Gordon ran 1 yard for touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters as the Chargers recorded their second victory in their 12 games against the Packers and first in a home game after six losses, all in San Diego. Their only previous victory came in 1984, a 34-28 win at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field.
The Chargers’ 1-10 record against Green Bay entering the game was their worst against any opponent, while the Packers’ 10-1 record against the Chargers was their best against any opponent.
The Chargers had lost the last seven games in the series.
Rivers completed 21 of 28 passes as the Chargers (4-5) outgained Green Bay, 442 yards to 184. They also led 24-13 first downs, including 13-3 in the first half, and 35:51-24:09 in time of possession before a pro-Packers crowd at Dignity Health Sports Park.
The Chargers rushed for a season-high 159 yards, surpassing the previous high of 137 in a 13-10 loss to the Detroit Lions Sept. 15. Gordon ran for 80 yards on 20 carries, ending a streak of eight consecutive games of rushing for 42 yards or less for dating back to last season, including the playoffs.
The streak began after Gordon suffered a knee injury Nov. 25 that sidelined him the next three games.
The 80 yards were Gordon’s most since rushing for 93 yards on 18 carries in a 20-6 victory over the Oakland Raiders Nov. 11, 2018.
The Chargers had rushed for 39 yards or less for four consecutive games. The streak coincided with Gordon’s return to play after not reporting to the team as he sought a contract extension.
Gordon ran 1 yard for the game’s first touchdown with three minutes, 56 seconds left in the third quarter, six plays after rookie Drue Tranquill blocked a punt by JK Scott and the ball rolled out of bounds at Green Bay’s 27-yard line.
Gordon’s second touchdown with 10:32 remaining came one play after the Packers were penalized for being offside on a 19-yard field goal by Badgley.
Aaron Rodgers completed 21 of 30 passes for 143 yards and a 10-yard touchdown to Jamaal Williams with 6:21 to play for Green Bay against a defense that was without three players who started for most of the season — defensive tackle Justin Jones (shoulder), nose tackle Brandon Mebane (knee) and safety Roderic Teamer (groin).
Rogers also ran for the two-point conversion.
Mason Crosby kicked a 54-yard field goal with 46 seconds left in the third quarter for the Packers’ first points.
The Chargers led 9-0 at halftime, the first time they had shut out an opponent in the first half this season.
Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal on the game’s first possession. Rivers competed six of seven passes for 71 yards on the 15-play, 84-yard drive.
Badgley kicked a 40-yard field goal on the Chargers’ next possession, four plays after Mike Williams caught a short pass from Rivers and turned it to a 56-yard gain.
Badgley kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. Rivers completed eight of 10 passes for 73 yards on the 13-play, 76-yard drive.
The game was Badgley’s first of 2019 after missing the first eight games because of a groin injury. Badgley made a team-record 93.8% of his field goal attempts in 2018, including a 59-yarder, also a team record.
The Chargers entered play Sunday 23rd in the 32-team NFL in scoring, averaging 19.6 points per game, and 28th in rushing, averaging 69.5 yards.
The game marked the debut of Shane Steichen as the Chargers’ offensive coordinator and play caller, replacing Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired Monday, one day after the Chargers failed to score more than 20 points for the sixth time in seven games.
Steichen joined the Chargers in 2011 as a defensive assistant, a position he held through the 2012 season. He spent the 2013 season as an offensive quality control coach with the Cleveland Browns, working with the quarterbacks.
Steichen returned to the Chargers in 2014 as an offensive quality control coach working primarily with their receivers. He was promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2016, a post he held until his promotion to offensive coordinator.