At one point in the game last night, I think it was around the early third quarter when SD scored their final TD, they flashed up a stat board showing how all of the "elite" QB's had a field day with the Texans defense last year. They continued to say that Rivers was doing it to them tonight as well. Interestingly enough, while it seemed the first half was a clinic being put on by the Charger offense, Rivers wasn't exactly the second coming of Brady. In four first half series, he was 8-15 for 110 yards. Yes, he did have three TD's, but in two of those three scores, he was set up in the red zone by no effort on his part. First, nothing needs to be said about the game opening turnover. Second, on the last TD of the half, he only completed 2-6 passes. One was Gates turning a short pass into a long gain, and the other was Brown making a phenomenal play to the end zone. The one drive where he did seem to pick the Texans apart was the second one where he went 4-7 for 40 yards, but in that one as well he was aided by a 21 yard PI call to give them 1st and Goal. And the running game? Almost 75 yards against the Texans in the first half. It was clearly a balanced approach by the new OC, and it was working well against the Texans. But being picked apart by an "elite" QB? Not exactly. The drive to start the 3rd quarter was a clinic though, going 5-7 for 75 yards and his fourth TD. Big 47 yard pass on the first play from scrimmage. I believe that this was when the graphic came out, and while the four TD's were very flashy, he still only had 185 yards. I know what you are going to say: 28-7 is still 28-7 and he was the QB on the field making plays. But then what happened after that? For the first six series of the game, they get four TD's and 250 yards of offense. The following five series? Four 3-and-outs, a Pick Six and 10 total yards of offense. Rivers ends the game under 50%, an INT, two sacks and 95% rating. But they came out with quick scores, and Rivers is throwing 1 yard and 6 yard TD's after his RB's and penalties did him a bunch of favors, and the story is that this defense can't handle elite QB's. But yet after one series in the second half, this defense figured them out and literally shut them down for the final 25 minutes of the game. Meanwhile, Matty Half-Ear goes for 350 yards and 3 TD's on 75% completion rate and a 110% QBR, showed a little Fred Estair in his cement blocks and had a pretty damn good touch on his throws most of the night, but it's all about how he will never lead this team to the Super Bowl because of the opening INT. And while there can be the argument that he *had to that because they were in comeback mode, they finished with 120 yards rushing for the game. The talking heads even commented on the next drive after it was 28-7 that this team is very methodical and wasn't built to come back, and that they were continuing to run their normal offense. But Rivers is an elite QB that picked this team apart, and Schaub is a system QB that can't bring his team from behind to win.