It could have been worse if not for safety Darian Thompson, who picked off Rivers in the end zone after the Chargers had driven down to the Giants' 14-yard-line with their first possession of the third quarter. Evading pressure and throwing off his back foot, Rivers completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Hunter Henry.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning and the Chargers' Philip Rivers will forever be inextricably linked to the blockbuster trade in 2004 that landed Manning in NY and there is no question who's happy that it happened.
Manning, who was sacked five times, also threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to backup Roger Lewis Jr.in the third quarter.
In the battle of quarterbacks drafted and traded for each other in 2004, Rivers was 21 of 44 for 258 yards with the three TDs and one INT. Manning was 21 of 36 for 225 yards and two TDs and the one INT.
With ample offensive weapons in the fold, and good wide receiver depth with everyone else healthy (Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin, Dontrelle Inman), making sure Mike Williams is 100 percent ready is a luxury the team has been able to afford. However, the Giants were hit with a delay of game penalty when they tried to line up for the 2-point conversion; after the penalty, Manning's pass to Beckham failed.
Darkwa's 23-yard rush was also the team's longest of the season.
They went into halftime with a one-point lead after nabbing a field goal with six seconds to go. Rivers now has 47,198 passing yards for his career.