Chargers QB Philip Rivers sets new NFL record for most consecutive completed passes to start a game
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers added another milestone in his long NFL career, Sunday.
The 36-year-old signal-caller displayed his accuracy by completing 25-straight passes to open Sunday’s home game against the visiting Arizona Cardinals, setting a new passing mark in the NFL, per Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz of USA TODAY Sports.
When he completed his 23rd consecutive pass, Rivers broke a 12-year-old passing record set by Mark Brunell way back in 2006, per NFL Research.
🚨 Record Alert 🚨
Philip Rivers just completed 23 straight passes (and counting).
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) November 25, 2018
Rivers shredded the Arizona Cardinals’ defense and went on to finish with 28 completions on 29 attempts in their 45-10 win.
With the win, the Chargers improved to 8-3 and strengthened their bid for the playoffs. They only trail the 9-2 Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West.
Rivers holds several Chargers franchise records that included wins, passing touchdowns, and yards.
With his big day, he just tied Ryan Tannehill, who completed 25 passes in a two-game span. The previous record for a game was held by Mark Brunell with 22 straight completions in 2006 for the Washington Redskins.
Through 14 years, Rivers has stepped up as the franchise quarterback he is envisioned to be for the Chargers.
Rivers has started for the Chargers since 2006 after Drew Brees’ departure and enjoyed a string of several seasons.
Could this be the year that they are waiting for? The Chargers are a team known to have limited success in the playoffs despite showing off big in the regular season.
One thing is for sure. Their long-tenured signal-caller is out there to deliver. His productivity has not slowed down yet, and it is a good sign for the Chargers.