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Down 21, Chargers surge past 49ers in OT

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Philip Rivers looked at the 21-point deficit on the scoreboard at halftime and even he wondered whether the San Diego Chargers had it in them to come back. The season depended on it, so Rivers took charge.

He prevailed through a balky back and a sore chest to keep San Diego's slim playoff chances alive, rallying his team to tie it in the final minute and setting up Nick Novak's 40-yard field goal nearly 5 minutes into overtime in a 38-35 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night.

"Obviously, an unbelievable finish," coach Mike McCoy said. "We had about as bad a first half as we could possibly play. ...You saw a lot of emotion on the sideline throughout that second half - the excitement, the energy, the way we play football."

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Receiving Yards
Rank Name Receiving Yards
1 A. Brown1498
2 J. Jones1428
3 D. Thomas1389
4 T. Hilton1345
5 J. Nelson1320
6 J. Maclin1269
7 E. Sanders1261
8 G. Tate1224
9 D. Hopkins1167
10 D. Bryant1148
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Receiving TDs
Rank Name TDs
1 D. Bryant13
2t A. Gates12
2t J. Nelson12
2t J. Thomas12
5t A. Brown11
5t M. Evans11
5t R. Gronkowski11
5t D. Thomas11
9t R. Cobb10
9t J. Maclin10
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