Rivers' 401 yards, 3 TDs lead Chargers over Cowboys
Tight end Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers is pursued by free safety Barry Church #42 of the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on September 29, 2013 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the …
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SAN DIEGO - Philip Rivers threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns, including a 56-yarder to Antonio Gates, and the San Diego Chargers rallied to beat the Dallas Cowboys 30-21 Sunday.
The Chargers (2-2) had blown late leads in their two losses this season. On Sunday, they scored the final 20 points to beat Dallas (2-2).
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Rivers short-armed a pass over the middle to Gates, who slid behind linebacker Sean Lee to haul it in and score with 6:54 to go.
Lee had intercepted Rivers on a deflected pass and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown and a 21-10 lead late in the second quarter. Dallas didn't score again.
Tony Romo moved the Cowboys to the San Diego 7 and hit Terrance Williams, who fumbled at the 1. San Diego's Richard Marshall recovered in the end zone with 2:42 left.
Much of the game day excitement centered on the highly-anticipated return of defensive linebacker Manti Teo.
Aside from his personal hurdles, his athletic career has experienced a major obstacle with the injury of his foot. On Sunday, Teo was back in the game, making his first tackle within just minutes of the start.
The near-record crowd meant a heavier police presence, not just for crowd control but to protect fans from fraudulent ticket sellers.
"People have been purchasing tickets either out of parking lots, along the roadside leading to the stadium or off Craigslist," said San Diego police Lt. Marshall White.
San Diego police have received reports of people selling fake tickets. Officers say a couple of fans fell victim to the scam, shelling out hundreds for an already sold seat.
"Unfortunately, a lot of people that are buying these tickets are coming to the stadium but once they try to get in, they're being told these are not real tickets," said White.
The Chargers organization sent out a warning, which police encourage fans to take seriously for the rest of the season.
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