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San Diego Chargers Philip Rivers Named Comeback Player of the Year


Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers Quarterback  Philip Rivers has been named Comeback Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Of America. Rivers lead the Chargers to the playoffs this season after his first losing season in his career last season.

The resurgence of Philip Rivers this season under new Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy was the key reason why the Chargers were able to make their late season playoff run. During the Chargers season-closing 4-game win streak when the Chargers needed Rivers the most he was 74-110 passing (67.3% completion percentage) for 845 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. The Chargers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 27-10 and advanced to the AFC Divisional Round before falling to the Denver Broncos 24-17.

Rivers has completed a team record 378 of 544 passes this season for 4,478 yards with 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. River’s 32 TDs was 2nd-highest career season total and his 4,478 pass yards was 3rd-highest season total of his career. Rivers also has a completion percentage of 69.7 this season that leads all NFL Quarterbacks.

Rivers finished the year fifth in the NFL in passing yards, fourth in the NFL in passing touchdowns, and fourth in the NFL in quarterback rating.