Philip Rivers QB SD 2 Months

Associated Press named Philip Rivers its 2013 Comeback Player of the Year.

People who know and understand the criteria for NFL Comeback POY will understand this pick. People who don't and think you have to be "coming back" from injury, won't. Rivers was widely written off as a shell-shocked rag-arm quarterback in steep decline after back-to-back brutal seasons under Norv Turner, but reemerged as a top-eight NFL passer in 2013 and engineered a Wild Card playoff birth, with a first-round upset of Cincinnati. Mike McCoy deserves a lot of credit for Rivers' turnaround. Frank Reich and Ken Whisenhunt both parlayed it into job promotions.

Philip Rivers QB SD 3 Months

Philip Rivers completed 18-of-27 throws for 217 yards and two touchdowns as San Diego fell to Denver in the Divisional Round.

Rivers absorbed three early sacks as Denver's light, quick defensive front won against San Diego's mauling but athletically-limited line. As the sacks amounted to 19 lost yards, the Chargers entered halftime with one passing yard as a team. (Rivers had 20.) San Diego fell behind 17-0 in the third quarter and was forced to sling it around, finally generating some offense. Rivers hit Keenan Allen for twin 16-yard touchdowns in the fourth quarter. That obviously wasn't enough as San Diego was dominated in almost every facet by Denver. Showing virtually every indication of a washed-up quarterback the past two years under Norv Turner, Rivers rejuvenated his career in AFC QB Whisperer Mike McCoy's high-percentage, quick-hitting pass offense. His 105.5 QB rating matched a career high, and Rivers' 11 interceptions were his fewest since 2009. Still only 32 years old, Rivers will be a locked-in fantasy QB1 for 2014.

Philip Rivers QB SD 3 Months

Philip Rivers completed 12-of-16 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Wild Card round win at Cincinnati.

The Chargers came out of the tunnel with a decidedly run-first game plan designed to milk clock, avoid Cincy's ferocious pass rush, and keep San Diego's soft defense off the field. The result was a measly six first-half pass attempts for Rivers, who completed five for 48 scoreless yards. The six throws tied Rivers' career low in a first half. The Chargers opened up the offense a bit from there, as Rivers completed his first six third-quarter attempts for 68 yards and a touchdown. San Diego then sat on its lead. Despite the slow overall box score, Rivers showed infinitely more command than Andy Dalton on Sunday and will be the biggest advantage San Diego has to offer throughout its playoff run. Rivers deserves to win NFL Comeback Player of the Year in a landslide.

Philip Rivers QB SD 4 Months

Philip Rivers completed 22-of-33 passes for 229 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception in the Chargers' Week 17 overtime win over Kansas City.

The Chargers nearly blew a gimme win over Kansas City's second- and third-string defenders, but Rivers rallied the offense to 13 unanswered points to close out the game 27-24. Rivers deserves serious consideration for 2013 NFL Comeback Player of the Year. He was widely written off as washed up following two interception-filled, atrocious seasons, but bounced back in a major way under the tutelage of emerging offensive wizard Mike McCoy. Rivers finished the regular season with 4,478 passing yards and a 32:11 TD-to-INT ratio. His completion rate was easily a career high. Rivers will be a top-ten quarterback pick in 2014 fantasy drafts.

Philip Rivers QB SD 4 Months3 Comments

The Chiefs announced they are resting all 11 defensive starters for Sunday's Week 17 clash with San Diego.

They are also benching 9-of-11 starters on offense, giving Philip Rivers expansion-level competition in the final game of San Diego's regular season. Rivers, Ryan Mathews, and Keenan Allen ought to all have big box scores facing a Chiefs defense comprised of second- and third-string players.

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Philip Rivers completed 12-of-19 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns in San Diego's 27-20, Week 15 win over the Broncos.

Philip Rivers QB SD 5 Months

Philip Rivers completed 23-of-37 passes for 252 yards, one touchdown and one interception in San Diego's 17-10, Week 13 loss to the Bengals.

Philip Rivers QB SD 5 Months

Philip Rivers completed 29-of-46 passes for 341 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's Week 9 overtime loss to the Redskins.

Rivers nearly had three touchdowns and a win, but Danny Woodhead was tackled at the 6-inch line with under a minute remaining in regulation. After three straight blown chances, the Chargers settled for a field goal and lost in overtime without Rivers even getting a chance to touch the ball. Regardless, it was yet another productive day for fantasy owners as Rivers continues to show full command of this Mike McCoy offense. He's on pace for 4,946 yards, 34 touchdowns and 14 interceptions heading into a Week 10 home game against the Broncos.

Philip Rivers QB SD 6 Months

Philip Rivers completed 22-of-26 passes for 285 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Week 7 win over the Jaguars.

He added four rushing yards on two scrambles and took just one sack. Rivers has been rejuvenated in Mike McCoy's dink-and-dunk, quick-out passing offense, and picked apart the Jaguars' defense at will Sunday, even if the fantasy stats didn't fully cooperate. Keep him rostered during the Chargers' upcoming Week 8 bye. Rivers is going to be a QB1 for the rest of the season.

Philip Rivers QB SD 6 Months4 Comments

Philip Rivers completed 22-of-33 passes for 237 yards and one touchdown in Monday night's Week 6 victory over the Colts.

This was a game dominated by the Chargers' offensive line and running game, though Rivers found Keenan Allen for the contest's lone touchdown. Most of the damage was done on a second-quarter drive that saw Rivers find Allen and Antonio Gates for big third-down conversions before Allen beat double-coverage for a 22-yard score. Rivers didn't take many, if any, gambles through the air, instead letting Allen do work post-catch. Rivers will be on the QB1 radar next Sunday in Jacksonville. This San Diego offense is typically a pass-first bunch.