NEW YORK - The Chargers sacked Greg McElroy 11 times, ruining the New York Jets quarterback's first NFL start.
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Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes in the Chargers' 27-17 victory Sunday.
McElroy, the third-stringer who was starting for the benched Mark Sanchez, moved the offense for the Jets (6-9) early, but faced pressure all game.
With a chance to get New York back into it with less than 5 minutes remaining, McElroy was sacked by Shaun Phillips and lost the ball. Phillips recovered and San Diego sealed the win.
Rivers made long touchdown tosses of 37 yards to Danario Alexander, and 34 yards to Antonio Gates to lead the Chargers to a 6-9 record.
It was Gates' 82nd touchdown catch, snapping a tie with Lance Alworth for the franchise lead.
One setback for San Diego, rookie safety Brandon Taylor had to be carted off the field in the third quarter with a knee injury. Taylor did not return to the game.