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Rivers, Chargers beat fading Cowboys 28-6 on Thanksgiving

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Philip Rivers was more than comfortable on the Thanksgiving stage for the first time in his 14 NFL seasons.

Same with Keenan Allen, who didn't have to wait nearly that long.

Rivers threw for 434 yards and three touchdowns, Allen had a career-high 172 yards in his second straight huge game and the Los Angeles Chargers beat the fading Dallas Cowboys 28-6 on Thursday.

Desmond King returned an interception 90 yards for the punctuating touchdown. The Chargers (5-6) moved within 1 1/2 games of AFC West-leading Kansas City after starting 0-4 while the Chiefs won their first five.

''Playing on Thanksgiving was everything it was cranked up to be,'' said Rivers, who was 27 of 33 in his ninth career 400-yard game . ''As a quarterback, you want to play well and throw it to your guys, and we did a lot today. But I'm more excited about our team.''

The defending NFC East champion Cowboys (5-6) have lost three straight games by at least 20 points for the first time since 2004, all without suspended star running back Ezekiel Elliott in a damaging slide for their fading playoff hopes.

Dallas, playing its 50th Thanksgiving game, finally ended a touchdown drought at a team-record 10 quarters on Rod Smith's 2-yard run early in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys have been outscored 72-6 in the second half of the three losses.

Quarterback Dak Prescott has looked lost without Elliott, his backfield mate for a pair of remarkable rookie seasons that led the Cowboys to the best record in the NFC last season. Prescott had two interceptions, giving him five in two games after throwing just four a year ago.

Last year's NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year has nine picks for the season and the Cowboys already have twice as many losses as a year ago with Elliott only halfway through a six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence.

''The last thing I'm doing is pointing a finger and saying, `We need this guy, we need that to happen,''' said Prescott, who was 20 of 27 for 179 yards in his third straight game without a TD pass. ''I'm going to say we've just got to figure out what's going on and get out of this slump.''

Rivers had seven completions of at least 22 yards, including Allen's 42-yard catch-and-run when he weaved through five defenders for a 22-6 lead.

Allen, in his fifth season, has two of his three biggest yardage games in the past two weeks. He had 11 catches and a score after 12 grabs for 159 yards and two TDs in a 54-24 win over Buffalo.

''When I first got here, he was a little heavy,'' first-year coach Anthony Lynn said. ''I think once he got his weight down, you could see the run after catch, the quickness, all those things you see in a No. 1 receiver.''

LA, with 500-plus total yards (515) for the first time in two years, overcame the loss of kicker Nick Novak to a back injury, the second straight game that Dallas' opposing kicker was injured and in the same game that Dallas' Dan Bailey returned after missing four games with a groin injury.

Just like last week in the Cowboys' blowout loss to division-leading Philadelphia, neither of the kickers mattered much with the Dallas offense sputtering and the defense not getting key stops.

Novak returned to make a 22-yard field goal after the injury, but left for good after missing an extra point . Punter Drew Kaser was 1 of 3 on extra points. The Chargers went for a fourth-and-13 in field goal range in a scoreless game early in the second quarter with Novak's status in doubt, coming up a yard short.

Four-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith returned for Dallas after missing two games with back and groin injuries, but the Cowboys lost 2014 All-Pro right guard Zack Martin to a concussion in the first half.

Austin Ekeler had a 38-yard catch to set up San Diego's first touchdown in the third quarter, and Tyrell Williams added a 31-yard grab before making a 27-yard scoring catch.

THANKSGIVING STREAK

LA has a Thanksgiving winning streak in Texas, because the Chargers' previous holiday showing was a 21-17 AFL win at Houston in 1969, the year before the merger. It was the longest gap (48 years) for a team between Thanksgiving games in NFL history.

WITTEN RECORD

Dallas tight end Jason Witten, already the Thanksgiving record-holder in catches, passed Detroit's Herman Moore for the most yards on the holiday. Witten now has 80 catches for 853 yards.

ANTHEM UPDATE

Chargers LT Russell Okung was the only player from either team with a display during the national anthem, raising his fist while he was a step behind teammates lined up on the sideline.

UP NEXT

Chargers: Browns on Dec. 3 in first of two straight home games.

Cowboys: Redskins next Thursday in last of three straight home games.

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Key Players
P. Rivers 17 QB
434 PaYds, 3 PaTDs, -5 RuYds
35
FPTS
R. Smith 45 RB
41 RuYds, RuTD, 7 ReYds, 2 RECs
10
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Point After Touchdown 7:41
D.Kaser extra point is No Good, Wide Right, Center-M.Windt, Holder-K.Clemens.
plays
yds
pos
28
6
Touchdown 7:41
D.Prescott pass short left intended for C.Beasley INTERCEPTED by D.King at LAC 10. D.King for 90 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
28
6
Missed Point After Touchdown 9:58
D.Kaser extra point is No Good, Wide Right, Center-M.Windt, Holder-K.Clemens.
plays
yds
pos
22
6
Touchdown 9:58
P.Rivers pass short left to K.Allen for 42 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
75
yds
2:50
pos
22
6
Missed Two Point Conversion 12:48
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. D.Prescott pass to T.Williams is incomplete. ATTEMPT FAILS.
plays
yds
pos
16
6
Touchdown 12:48
R.Smith up the middle for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
81
yds
3:58
pos
16
6
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:46
D.Kaser extra point is GOOD, Center-M.Windt, Holder-K.Clemens.
plays
yds
pos
16
0
Touchdown 1:46
P.Rivers pass deep right to Ty.Williams for 27 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Ball caught in front-right corner of the endzone.
8
plays
92
yds
3:59
pos
15
0
Missed Point After Touchdown 8:59
N.Novak extra point is No Good, Wide Left, Center-M.Windt, Holder-K.Clemens.
plays
yds
pos
9
0
Touchdown 8:59
P.Rivers pass short middle to H.Henry for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
77
yds
6:01
pos
9
0
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:56
N.Novak 22 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-M.Windt, Holder-K.Clemens.
14
plays
66
yds
6:59
pos
3
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
Time of Pos 36:05 23:55
1st Downs 25 14
Rushing 4 4
Passing 17 8
Penalty 4 2
3rd Down Conv 9-14 6-11
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 515 247
Total Plays 66 49
Avg Gain 7.8 5.0
Net Yards Rushing 81 79
Rush Attempts 33 20
Avg Rush Yards 2.5 4.0
Net Yards Passing 434 168
Comp. - Att. 27-33 20-27
Yards Per Pass 13.2 6.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 2-11
Penalties - Yards 5-56 7-60
Touchdowns 4 1
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 3 0
Other 1 0
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 1-0
Int. Thrown 0 2
Punts - Avg 0-0.0 5-41.6
Return Yards 106 102
Punts - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 1-16 4-102
Int. - Returns 2-90 0-0
Kicking 2/6 0/0
Extra Points 1/4 0/0
Field Goals 1/2 0/0
Red Zone Eff. 1-5 -20% 1-2 -50%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-3 -33% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Chargers 5-6 03131228
Cowboys 5-6 00066
434 PASS YDS 168
81 RUSH YDS 79
515 TOTAL YDS 247
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
P. Rivers 17 QB
35
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
81.8% 434 3 0 149.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.1% 2948 20 7 95.2
P. Rivers 27/33 434 3 0 35
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Gordon 28 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
21 65 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
188 698 5
M. Gordon 21 65 0 11 8
A. Ekeler 30 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 179 2
A. Ekeler 6 15 0 7 6
T. Benjamin 12 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 67 0
T. Benjamin 1 6 0 6 5
P. Rivers 17 QB
35
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 -5 0
P. Rivers 5 -5 0 0 35
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
K. Allen 13 WR
23
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
14 11 172 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 67 927 4
K. Allen 14 11 172 1 42 23
H. Henry 86 TE
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 5 76 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 31 420 3
H. Henry 5 5 76 1 27 13
Ty. Williams 16 WR
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 58 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 440 2
Ty. Williams 3 2 58 1 31 11
A. Ekeler 30 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 55 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 252 3
A. Ekeler 3 3 55 0 38 6
T. Benjamin 12 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 50 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 23 375 3
T. Benjamin 3 3 50 0 46 5
M. Gordon 28 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 23 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 38 273 4
M. Gordon 3 3 23 0 16 8
A. Gates 85 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 147 1
A. Gates 2 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Addae 37 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
52-23 0 0.0
J. Addae 5-2 0.0 0 0
D. King 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-2 1 2.0
D. King 5-0 0.0 1 0
D. Perryman 52 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-6 0 0.0
D. Perryman 4-3 0.0 0 0
J. Bosa 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-12 0 10.0
J. Bosa 4-0 0.0 0 0
A. Phillips 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-11 1 0.0
A. Phillips 3-4 0.0 0 0
C. Hayward 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-6 4 0.0
C. Hayward 3-0 0.0 1 0
Tr. Williams 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-7 2 0.0
Tr. Williams 3-1 0.0 0 0
T. Boston 33 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-17 4 0.0
T. Boston 2-2 0.0 0 0
C. Liuget 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-5 0 1.0
C. Liuget 1-1 1.0 0 0
M. Ingram 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-6 0 8.0
M. Ingram 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Watt 34 FB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
D. Watt 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Jenkins 25 SAF
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 0.0
R. Jenkins 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Palepoi 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-2 0 1.0
T. Palepoi 1-1 1.0 0 0
H. Pullard 50 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-20 1 0.0
H. Pullard 0-1 0.0 0 0
J. Brown 57 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
42-22 0 0.0
J. Brown 0-1 0.0 0 0
N. Dzubnar 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-7 0 0.0
N. Dzubnar 0-1 0.0 0 0
B. Mebane 92 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-10 0 0.0
B. Mebane 0-1 0.0 0 0
D. Philon 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-9 0 3.0
D. Philon 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
N. Novak 9 K
3
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 0/1
SEASON FG XP
9/13 17/18
N. Novak 1/2 22 0/1 3
D. Kaser 8 P
1
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 1/3
SEASON FG XP
0/0 1/3
D. Kaser 0/0 0 1/3 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. King 20 DB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 19.2 27 0
D. King 1 16.0 16 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Prescott 4 QB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
74.1% 179 0 2 60.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.7% 2318 16 9 87.6
D. Prescott 20/27 179 0 2 3
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
R. Smith 45 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 41 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 135 1
R. Smith 9 41 1 9 10
A. Morris 46 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 36 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
51 296 0
A. Morris 9 36 0 6 4
T. Williams 83 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
T. Williams 1 6 0 6 5
R. Switzer 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 5 0
R. Switzer 1 -4 0 -4 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Williams 83 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 54 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 39 455 0
T. Williams 5 4 54 0 38 5
J. Witten 82 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 7 44 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 50 429 3
J. Witten 7 7 44 0 8 4
D. Bryant 88 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 37 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 53 578 4
D. Bryant 5 3 37 0 18 3
C. Beasley 11 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 28 214 4
C. Beasley 3 2 19 0 12 1
A. Morris 46 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 22 0
A. Morris 1 1 13 0 13 4
R. Smith 45 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 45 0
R. Smith 2 2 7 0 4 10
B. Butler 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 267 2
B. Butler 2 1 5 0 5 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Smith 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-26 0 1.0
J. Smith 7-1 0.0 0 0
A. Hitchens 59 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-15 0 0.0
A. Hitchens 6-1 0.0 0 0
O. Scandrick 32 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-6 0 0.0
O. Scandrick 5-1 0.0 0 0
B. Jones 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
43-17 1 0.0
B. Jones 5-0 0.0 0 0
J. Heath 38 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-5 1 0.0
J. Heath 5-0 0.0 0 0
X. Woods 25 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-4 1 0.0
X. Woods 4-0 0.0 0 0
J. Durant 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 0.0
J. Durant 4-1 0.0 0 0
A. Brown 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-6 1 0.0
A. Brown 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Lewis 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-3 1 0.0
J. Lewis 2-0 0.0 0 0
L. Neal 66 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
L. Neal 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Wilson 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-10 0 1.0
D. Wilson 1-1 0.0 0 0
B. Butler 19 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Butler 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Lawrence 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-20 0 11.0
D. Lawrence 1-4 0.0 0 0
K. Wilber 51 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
K. Wilber 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Ash 76 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
R. Ash 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Mayowa 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-6 0 0.0
B. Mayowa 0-1 0.0 0 0
C. Awuzie 33 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
C. Awuzie 0-1 0.0 0 0
T. Crawford 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-6 0 4.0
T. Crawford 0-1 0.0 0 0
M. Collins 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-9 0 2.0
M. Collins 0-2 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Jones 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 41.6 4
SEASON NO AVG IN20
45 43.7 27
C. Jones 5 41.6 4 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Switzer 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 25.5 33 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 26.1 61 0
R. Switzer 4 25.5 33 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:58 LAC 13 4:00 8 70 FG Miss
3:46 LAC 7 5:18 9 89 Downs
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:55 LAC 30 6:59 14 66 FG
0:16 LAC 16 0:16 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LAC 23 6:01 10 77 TD
5:45 LAC 8 3:59 8 92 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:48 LAC 25 2:50 6 75 TD
6:42 LAC 43 6:42 12 51 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DAL 21 2:02 3 9 Punt
8:58 DAL 25 5:12 9 24 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:28 DAL 4 4:33 7 28 Punt
1:56 DAL 33 1:40 5 18 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:59 DAL 34 3:14 7 22 Punt
1:46 DAL 19 3:58 9 81 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:58 DAL 25 2:17 6 62 INT
7:41 DAL 25 0:59 3 14 INT