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Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California Weather: 53°, Clear Attendance: 65,132
New York Giants at San Diego Chargers
- The Giants and Chargers have split the 10 previous meetings in their all-time series, with each winning five times overall and two times in San Diego. The Chargers won the last most recent encounter at New York in 2009, when Philip Rivers threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson with 21 seconds remaining to lift San Diego to a 21-20 victory.
- With a 24-17 victory at Washington last week, the 5-7 Giants remain two games behind Dallas and Philadelphia in the NFC East. New York is 5-1 over its last six games after opening 0-6.
- After losing at home to Cincinnati, 17-10, last week, the Chargers dropped to 2-6 in games decided by eight points or fewer. In those contests where the final margin is at least nine points, San Diego is 3-1.
- This game pits the quarterbacks who were selected with the first (Eli Manning) and fourth (Philip Rivers) overall picks of the 2004 draft and then traded for each other. Manning has started the past 147 games for the Giants, while Rivers has started the last 124 games for San Diego. Those are the third- and fourth-longest QB starting streaks, respectively, in NFL history.
- Rivers is 26-6 in his career in the month of December, producing the second-highest winning percentage (.813) in December by any starting quarterback (minimum 25 starts) since 1950 (Tom Brady, 42-6, .875).
- Hakeem Nicks is still seeking his first touchdown reception of 2013. His 44 catches are the most by any player without a TD this season. Nicks' has caught 47 passes overall since his most recent TD nearly one year ago (December 9, 2012).
- Lions owner Ford dies of pneumonia at 88
- Packers keep CB Shields for $39M, 4 yrs.
- Agent says RB Mendenhall retiring at 26
- Jets release CB Cromartie, save millions
- Vikes keep DE Griffen for 5 yrs., $42.5M
By JEFF BARTL
(AP) -- The New York Giants' dismal start and the San Diego Chargers' current downfall have left both teams on the outside of the playoff race in their respective conferences.
New York's surge has given it a glimmer of hope, though, and it'll look to send reeling San Diego to a fifth defeat in six games Sunday on the road.
The Giants (5-7) began the season with six straight losses, but they've rebounded to win five of six to remain two games back of Dallas and Philadelphia in the NFC East with four to play.
Justin Tuck recorded a career-best four of the team's five sacks in last week's 24-17 win over Washington as New York scored 10 unanswered in the fourth quarter.
"Honestly, the mood has been great," said Tuck, who played every defensive snap with Jason Pierre-Paul sidelined by a shoulder injury. "I think guys have played loose and are having fun out on the football field, which I can't say we did do the first couple of weeks of the season.
"I think this team is very close right now and we just have to play into each other. I think that's our tremendous difference."
While the Giants have regrouped from their slow start, the Chargers (5-7) are floundering down the stretch. They've dropped four of five after a 4-3 start, including last week's 17-10 loss to Cincinnati that followed an emotional 41-38 win over Kansas City on Nov. 24.
San Diego set a season low for points and committed three turnovers.
"At critical times we have made too many mistakes," coach Mike McCoy said. "Go back to every game, you look at certain situations where we haven't executed. We just haven't gotten it done. It's about being more consistent week in and week out and not just at certain times but the whole game."
Though the Chargers are only one game behind Baltimore for the AFC's final wild-card spot, they would have to leap four teams while finishing strong to earn it. They still have to face Denver and Kansas City again, too.
"We've got to go out and win games," McCoy said. "We have to do a better job. The players, coaches and the organization have to do their job better."
Philip Rivers mostly has done his part, completing an NFL-high 70 percent of his passes with 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions. His passer rating of 104.4 ranks sixth after he finished with marks of 88.7 in 2011 and 88.6 last season.
San Diego's offense ranks fourth at 401.6 yards per game, and it is second converting 46.4 percent of its third downs.
"They're diversified in how they operate," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "All you've got to do is look at that third down number. That's hard to do in this league now and because the nature of their offense, the complicated looks that they see on third down, you have to give them a lot of credit for that."
Rivers was selected fourth overall by New York in the 2004 draft, three spots after the Chargers took Eli Manning with the top pick. The two were traded for each other on draft day after Manning said he didn't want to play in San Diego, and he's gone on to win a pair of Super Bowls with the Giants.
"Philip Rivers has had an outstanding career in San Diego and Eli Manning has had an outstanding career here, so I think you have a win-win situation there," Coughlin said.
Manning didn't start this season very well, though, throwing 15 interceptions with a 64.0 passer rating through the first six games. He has six touchdowns and three picks with an 86.6 rating over the last six after finishing 22 of 28 for 235 yards and a touchdown pass to Brandon Myers last week.
Coughlin has praised Manning for keeping his head up despite the struggles, which have included an offensive line that's allowed him to be sacked 31 times - already the most of his 10-year career.
"He gets back up, shakes it off," Coughlin said. "Nobody wants that, we don't want that, we're not looking for that, believe me, and I mentioned that this morning. He does a great job of handling that."
Rivers got the best of Manning in the last meeting, throwing his third touchdown pass with 21 seconds remaining to give the Chargers a 21-20 road win Nov. 8, 2009.
Manning threw a pair of TD passes in the loss.
Updated December 4, 2013