- Philip Rivers
- San Diego Chargers
- Chargers 34, Steelers 24
- 21-for-41, 200 YD, 3 TD, 0 INT
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- Nick Foles
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Eagles 23, Buccaneers 21
- 32-for-51, 381 YD, 2 TD, 0 INT
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The Pregame Pressure
Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers desperately needed a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon. They had lost seven of their last eight games and had never won a regular season game in Pittsburgh, entering this contest at 0-14 in Steel City. Rivers would face the NFL's top-rated defense with the challenge of outscoring Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers' offense.
Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles were also in desperate need of a win. Philly had lost eight straight games heading into its road battle with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Foles had just been named the Eagles' starter for the remainder of the season by head coach Andy Reid, but the rookie quarterback would need to play well in the season's final quarter to stake his claim to the starting job for the 2013 campaign.
The In-Game Performance
Rivers led the Chargers to a shocking 34-24 win over the Steelers. He didn't post a gaudy yardage total (200), but he tossed three touchdown passes and avoided turning the ball over against the NFL's No. 1 defense. He was outstanding on third down, helping the Chargers convert 12 of their 22 opportunities. Rivers also did a fantastic job of throwing the ball away and avoiding sacks while playing behind an inexperienced offensive line.
Foles' outstanding play helped the Eagles snap their eight-game losing streak by defeating the Bucs in thrilling fashion, 23-21. He threw for 381 yards with two touchdown passes and zero interceptions. Foles led the Eagles on a game-winning drive that culminated with his touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin as time expired. He made plays with his legs, as well as his arm. His 27 rushing yards led the team, and he also produced a 10-yard touchdown run.
The Post-Game Pick
This was a very tough call. Foles put up better statistics, but they came against the NFL's 32nd-ranked pass defense; Rivers did his damage against the league's top unit. Still, I'm giving the edge to Foles for having the better overall performance. The rookie carried his team to victory without any help from his running game, and I gave him extra credit for producing a game-winning drive. -- Daniel Jeremiah