Chargers QB Philip Rivers not getting caught up with trying to play a ‘mistake-free game’
The Los Angeles Chargers will have their hands full when they travel to face the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round this weekend. However, quarterback Philip Rivers does not plan to switch up his style of play.
There is wide speculation that the only way to beat the Patriots in Foxborough is to play mistake-free football. According to Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald, Rivers dispelled any notion of worrying about mistakes.
Rivers said it’s important to not get caught up playing a “mistake-free game.” Says that “doesn’t exist.”
“Just go out there and play…just find a way.”
It is encouraging to see that the high stakes have not compromised Rivers’ approach to the game. Of course, such is expected from a veteran quarterback of his caliber. It seems he plans on pulling out a win in any way he can get it this week.
It is no secret that Rivers is known for being a bit of a gunslinger. His arm talent is matched only by the confidence he has in it. The problem with players that fit this archetype is that their risky throws can potentially lead to turnovers, which could very well be the deciding factor against a team like the Patriots.
Fortunately, Rivers has been more hit than miss this season. The veteran threw for 4,308 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions in the 2018 campaign. Although the Chargers’ offense was shut down by the Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card, he still managed to avoid any costly turnovers that would have hindered their chances.
Regardless, it is safe to assume that they will need a big game from Rivers if they hope to beat the Patriots on the road.