Rivers creates history as Chargers beat Broncos

Phillip Rivers wrote himself into the San Diego Chargers’ history books during their 21-13 win over the Denver Broncos on Thursday night.

Rivers threw 178 yards and one touchdown to become the Chargers’ leading passer of all time, surpassing Dan Fouts’ total of 43,040 yards.

The surprising defeat for the defending Super Bowl champions, whose coach Gary Kubiak was missing with a migraine, was their second on the bounce, ending 15 straight wins on the road.

“This one was definitely special,” Rivers said. “I had a poster of him on my wall, and now I’m on a list next to him.”

Chargers running back Melvin Gordon had a game-high 94 yards on 27 carries.

“You got to give them credit,” Denver interim coach Joe DeCamillis said. “We knew it would be a tough game because they have played a lot of close games and not won.”