DENVER — Mired at a late-season malaise, the Los Angeles Chargers want Philip Rivers for going.

Rivers threw an interception in his team’s opening possession for a third consecutive game. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the last quarterback to achieve that has been Josh Freeman at ’09.

After throwing only six interceptions in his first 14 games, Rivers includes six at his past three.

The 37-year-old signalcaller ended 14 of 24 for a season-low 176 passing yards, with a 3-yard touch down pass to Mike Williams along with 2 interceptions.

Though Rivers and Chargers’ offense struggled, the defense scored a touch down on an 18-yard fumble return by linebacker Kyle Emanuel and forced four turnovers, as the Bolts escaped Broncos Arena at Mile High using a 23-9 triumph against Denver on Sunday to finish the season 12-4.

With the victory — in Denver since December of 2013 — that the Bolts progressed into the playoffs for the first time since 2013; it is the Chargers’ best record during the regular season since 2009, once they finished 13-3.

With the Kansas City Chiefs easily dispatching of this Oakland Raiders at home — promising the AFC West division title and No. 1 seed in the AFC postseason — that the Chargers earned the No. 5 seed and a trip to Baltimore.

Now, the Chargers have to figure out ways to get things going at a rematch with the Ravens in the road a week at the opening round of the AFC playoffs.

The Chargers lost to the Ravens 22-10 in Week 16 at the StubHub Center, the Bolts’ lowest scoring output signal on offense this season.

The Chargers are playing with the Ravens from the postseason for the first time, and so are 57 all-time contrary to the Ravens.


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