San Diego Slams San Francisco 34-7 to Stay in the Playoff Hunt

The Chargers played early to start week 15, but made quick work of the San Francisco 49ers Thursday night, taking it to them early and putting them away by half, winning 34-7.

Philip Rivers was perfect, going 19-for-25 for 273 yards with three touchdowns and a QB rating of 150.5. He directed an offense that put up 374 yards and 23 first downs.

Vincent Jackson, a sight for sore eyes for Charger fans, finally had an impact, as he had five grabs for 112 yards and three scores, including one that started the action early for 58 yards. He also had scoring catches of 11 and 21 yards as well.

San Diego’s defense was also dominant, allowing just 192 yards for the 49ers and 10 first downs. They got to 49ers QB Alex Smith for six sacks, and he was just 19-for-29 for 165 yards and a pick.

San Francisco had a shot early to get back in the game trailing 7-0, but after a Smith TD run was over turned, the team was stuffed on fourth down, an never had much on offense after that.

Their only score was a three-yard run for Brian Westbrook that came in garbage time with 4:26 left. The team also had a kick return for Ted Ginn Jr. called back to start the third quarter down 17-0, and they also lost DT Justin Smith when he pushed an official in the second quarter.

The Chargers also did a good job of keeping their foot on the throat of the Niners, keeping the ball for 37:11 to just 22:49. They outran the Niners 108-61.

Now at 8-6, the Chargers keep the heat on the Chiefs in the AFC West, as Kansas City still may be without starting QB Matt Cassel this weekend when they travel to play the Rams.

San Diego next will play at Cincinnati against the Bengals, as team that enters this weekend with just two wins.

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