Not only was it the first rushing touchdown of the season from a Giants running back, it was the team's first offensive points in the first quarter this year. Orleans Darkwa scored on a 23-yard run and the Giants got a safety in scoring their first first-quarter points this season. Wing also pinned the Chargers at their own three, 10, and 12 after having just one punt downed inside the 20 entering Week 5. The wide receiver depth took another hit when Dwayne Harris left early in the second half with a foot injury.
This is the Giants' worst start since the 2013 season. The Giants got a safety on a play Chargers center Spencer Pulley snapped the ball from the 7-yard line before Rivers was ready, forcing the quarterback to toss the ball out of the end zone.
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Having trailed for 67.7-percent of their time on the field this season, a good start was imperative for the Giants. They eclipsed 100 yards in the first half after their previous high for a game was 91 yards.
On their next drive, the Chargers responded with a 12-play, 92-yard scoring drive in which Rivers connected with tight end Hunter Henry on a 25-yard touchdown to make it 17-16 Los Angeles at the end of the third quarter.
Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward vs. Giants receiver Odell Beckham: Ankle and finger injuries have slowed Beckham this year, but even at less than 100 percent, the three-time Pro Bowler is one of the most dynamic talents in the league. All told, he accounted for 163 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in the team's first win of 2017.