Melvin Gordon returned after missing a game and rushed 16 times for 113 yards and a touchdown to lead the Los Angeles Chargers to a 25-17 victory over the host Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
Gordon, who had been sidelined with a hamstring injury, scored on a 34-yard run in the second quarter, giving the Chargers (6-2) the lead for good.
Philip Rivers completed 13 of 26 passes for 228 yards and two scores, both in the first half.
Los Angeles defensive back Desmond King seemed to cap the victory with a 42-yard interception return of a Russell Wilson pass with 6:44 remaining, making it 25-10.
Wilson completed 26 of 39 passes for 235 yards, with two touchdowns and the interception for the Seahawks (4-4).
Wilson threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Nick Vannett with 1:50 left. The Chargers recovered the ensuing onside kick but went three-and-out, giving the Seahawks the ball back on their own 22-yard line with 1:24 remaining.
They marched down to Los Angeles’ 20-yard line, where Wilson threw a last-ditch pass to Tyler Lockett in the back of the end zone. The Chargers’ Michael Davis was flagged for pass interference on the play, giving the Seahawks an untimed down at the 1.
After a false start penalty pushed the ball back to the 6, Wilson scrambled and found David Moore at the back of the end zone, but the second-year receiver dropped the ball.
Seattle’s Mike Davis and Chris Carson combined to rush for more than 100 yards. Davis had 62 yards on 15 carries and Carson added 40 yards on eight attempts.
The Chargers took a 19-10 halftime lead, outscoring Seattle 13-3 in the second quarter.
Gordon capped a four-play, 83-yard drive with his 34-yard touchdown, giving Los Angeles a 12-7 lead after the two-point conversion attempt failed.
The teams traded punts and the Seahawks’ Sebastian Janikowski missed a 51-yard field-goal attempt, hitting the right upright, before the Chargers struck again.
Rivers hit Mike Williams with pass down the left sideline, with Williams somehow staying inbounds as he twisted and turned past Seattle defenders for a 30-yard score, giving the Chargers a 19-7 lead.
The Seahawks moved down the field in the final 1:10 of the quarter to score on a 44-yard field goal by Janikowski as time ran out in the first half.
Both teams scored on their first possessions.
Seattle took the opening kickoff and went 75 yards in 13 plays, capped by Wilson’s 10-yard scoring pass to Jaron Brown.
The Chargers responded with a 10-play, 94-yard drive, with Rivers hitting Tyrell Williams with a 12-yard scoring strike. Caleb Sturgis’ extra-point attempt was wide left, leaving the Seahawks with a 7-6 lead after one quarter.
—Field Level Media