Chargers WR Dontrelle Inman catches seven passes Week 16
The coaches opened the second half with Inman in the lineup and the team down 28-7, and the little-used receiver was able to reward the gamble with an excellent half of football, picking up all his receptions in the second half. It was the first time this season Inman had even seen a target in a game, but he was able to pick up three first downs, including one on a crucial fourth-and-10 with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter and his team down seven points. The Chargers tied the game two plays later before winning in overtime.
Inman may have earned himself a significant role in his team's Week 17 matchup with the Chiefs, especially if Keenan Allen is unable to return to action.
Chargers TE Antonio Gates scores twice in Week 16 win
Gates had a quiet first half but helped lead the charge to come back from a three-touchdown deficit. His first score was on a one-yard catch on third-and-goal that he juggled a bit, but he was able to hang on while taking a hit at the goal line. His second score was on a wide-open 21-yard reception in the fourth quarter to bring his team to within one touchdown.
It was the fourth multiscore game of the season for Gates, who is now up to 65 receptions, 754 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season. He'll match up with the Chiefs in Week 17.
Chargers WR Eddie Royal catches 10 passes in Week 16 win
Royal's touchdown came on a ball floated over the defender near the goal line for the team's only first-half score. They were able to rally back from a 28-7 halftime deficit thanks in large part to the work done by the slot receiver, who made two key fourth-down conversions in the second half.
The big performance gives Royal 58 receptions, 683 yards and seven touchdowns heading into a Week 17 showdown with the Chiefs.
Branden Oliver heads Chargers rushing attack in Week 16 win
Oliver showed plenty of burst while continually churning out positive plays, leading the running-back carousel with 16 of the Chargers backs' 29 touches.
If starter Ryan Mathews cannot play in Week 17, Oliver figures to once again lead a multifaceted rushing attack. The Chargers will square off with the Chiefs next Sunday.
Chargers QB Philip Rivers throws four TDs vs. 49ers
Rivers helped to put his team in a big hole early, throwing a pick-six in the second quarter that put the 49ers up 21-0. However, the quarterback fought back from a 28-7 halftime deficit, throwing the game-tying touchdown with just 29 second left on the clock in the fourth quarter. It was Rivers' first game with more than 50 pass attempts this season as well as his first game with four touchdowns.
Rivers has managed 3,995 passing yards, 31 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 15 games. He heads into a Week 17 matchup against the Chiefs with the 9-7 Chargers still alive for a playoff spot.
49ers LB Aldon Smith (head) questionable to return Saturday
Smith suffered the injury on the fourth quarter and started heading back to the locker room with just a few minutes left in the game but returned to the 49ers' sideline once the Chargers tied things up. He may see action in overtime if needed.
49ers' Lloyd questionable, Ventrone and Ellington out Saturday
Both teams are dealing with multiple injuries on both sides of the ball in the high-scoring game.
Chargers' Shareece Wright (concussion) will not return vs. 49ers
Chargers G Johnnie Troutman (knee) questionable to return
49ers CB Leon McFadden (head) questionable to return Week 16
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