The Los Angeles Chargers beat the Dallas Cowboys 28-6 on Thanksgiving Day at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX.
Memo to the NFL…the Bolts are for real; and they just proved that on the national stage.
In his best performance of the season, Philip Rivers gave Chargers fans yet another reason to be thankful. The savvy veteran feasted on the Cowboys defense, going 27-of-33 for 434 yards and three touchdowns in his Thanksgiving Day debut. Five players had at least 50 receiving yards, led by wide receiver Keenan Allen, who caught 11 balls for 172 yards and a touchdown.
Despite Los Angeles’ good feelings in Dallas as time expired, news was not all good for the Bolts. Chargers kicker Nick Novak left the game with a back injury, after missing a 35-yard field goal in the first quarter. With Novak unavailable on the next offensive drive, punter Drew Kaser had to assume kicking duties. Los Angeles was forced to go for it on a 4th-and-13 from the Cowboys’ 16-yard line and couldn’t convert.
Despite their kicking woes, the Chargers offense continued to move the ball down the field. Late in the second quarter, Los Angeles reached the red zone on its third consecutive drive. This time, a visibly-hobbled Novak connected on a 22-yard field goal. Los Angeles’ defense held Dallas to 84 yards of offense in the first half, and the Chargers took a 3-0 lead into halftime.
The Bolts began the second half with a 10-play, 77-yard drive that ended with a three-yard touchdown from Rivers to tight end Hunter Henry. Novak attempted the extra-point, which was no good. At that point, it became obvious that Novak’s day had come to an end.
After the Chargers defense forced another Dallas punt, Rivers found wide receiver Tyrell Williams for a 27-yard touchdown that made the score 16-0 after punter Drew Kaser — filling in for the injured Novak — made the extra point.
Rivers’ final touchdown of the day came on a 45-yard connection to Allen. It was Allen’s third touchdown in the last two games after being held scoreless since Week 1.
Chargers cornerback Desmond King sealed the game with a 90-yard pick-six of quarterback Dak Prescott to make the score 28-6.
The Chargers are back home in Week 13 to take on the Cleveland Browns at StubHub Center. Kickoff is on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 1:05 p.m.
–Mike D’Abate is the Managing Editor for cover32.com/Chargers and covers the Los Angeles Chargers and New England Patriots. He is also a National Content Writer and covers the NFL for cover32.com.