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Perpetually underrated Philip Rivers sets a depressing record Sunday

Monday, October 19, 2015 10:53:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

If you throw for 500 yards in a single game you should get rewarded with something. Like, I don't know, a win maybe. Although the numbers are actually surprising: seven quarterbacks before Sunday threw for 500 passing yards and lost a game.

Against the Packers, Philip Rivers, with his 503 passing yards, became the eighth to hit the milestone and still not win. All told, Rivers finished tied with the 16th-most passing yards in a single game in NFL history (tying Ben Roethlisberger from 2009).

Here's the real kicker though. Rivers became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 500 yards, not throw an interception, and still lose the game. In other words, he did everything possible to help the Chargers win the game and just didn't get enough help from his teammates.

Sound familiar? It should. Rivers is consistently forced to excessively elevate those around him. It's a quarterback's job but sometimes, like Sunday, it gets a little ridiculous.

Rivers finished with more passing attempts (65) than the Chargers had rushing yards (60).

Rivers set Chargers' single-game records for completions (43), attempts (65) and yards (503).

Five of Rivers receivers -- Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd, Danny Woodhead, Dontrelle Inman -- had as many or more targets than any running back had rushing attempts.

Melvin Gordon, drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, fumbled twice and got benched.

Through it all Rivers just keeps grinding out massive games and, oftentimes, coming up a little short.

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