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Rivers' 4 TD passes help Chargers beat Jags 31-25, end skid

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San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton
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San Diego Chargers wide receiver Dontrelle Inman (15) catches a pass against Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Dwayne Gratz, left, for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M San Diego Chargers wide receiver Dontrelle Inman (15) catches a pass against Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Dwayne Gratz, left, for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — All the San Diego Chargers needed to end a six-game losing streak was another cross-country trip to Jacksonville.

Philip Rivers threw four touchdown passes, two to Antonio Gates, and the Chargers beat the Jaguars 31-25 on Sunday for their first victory in nearly two months.

Rivers passed Joe Montana (273) and tied Vinny Testaverde (275) for 11th on the NFL's all-time list.

Rivers completed 29 of 43 passes for 300 yards. He was sacked twice and had his left ankle checked in the locker room at halftime. But his four TDs were enough against the Jaguars (4-7), who failed to recover an onside kick in the closing minutes.

Jacksonville also had more red-zone troubles, scoring just once in four trips inside the 20-yard line.

The Chargers (3-8), meanwhile, found the end zone on all three red-zone possessions in the first half. Rivers hooked up with Dontrelle Inman from 2 yards out and then found Gates for a 9-yard score that put San Diego ahead 14-9.

Blake Bortles threw his 13th interception of the season on the ensuing possession, and Rivers and Gates connected for a 12-yard score and a double-digit lead three plays later.

The Chargers made it hold — barely.

Bortles found Julius Thomas for a 21-yard strike with about 11 minutes remaining, cutting the lead to 24-19. Thomas beat shut-down cornerback Jason Verrett for a first down earlier in the drive and got by safety Eric Weddle for his third touchdown of the season.

Rivers responded with another TD pass, this one a 5-yarder to Stevie Johnson with 4:45 remaining.

The Jaguars blocked a punt and scored with 1:21 remaining to make it close, but Jason Myers' onside kick was batted out of bounds.

Johnson finished with seven receptions for 92 yards. Inman caught five passes for 65 yards. Gates hauled in four for 53 yards.

Bortles completed 30 of 49 passes for 329 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception.

Thomas caught nine passes for 116 yards. Allen Robinson finished with 56 yards receiving and a score.

Fellow Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns left the field on a stretcher with 3:44 remaining and was later ruled out with a concussion. Hurns' helmet and neck seemed to land awkwardly on the turf as he tried to make a diving catch.

Both teams surrounded Hurns as he was strapped to a backboard and taken off the field. Hurns moved his arms and hands and flashed two thumbs-up as he left.

After the game, the Chargers had a subdued celebration, their first of any kind since beating Cleveland on Oct. 4.

Maybe not coincidentally, San Diego ended its last six-game losing streak in Jacksonville. The Chargers had lost six straight in 2011 before traveling cross country and beating Jacksonville 38-14.

The Chargers ended up winning four of their last five to finish .500 that season. They're in a bigger hole this season and have a tough closing stretch that includes games against Denver, Kansas City and Oakland.

Jacksonville, meanwhile, lost ground in the muddled AFC South.

The Jaguars can blame their red-zone offense. They have scored just five touchdowns in their last 18 trips inside the 20-yard line.

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Here are some things we learned about the Chargers and Jaguars:

HURNS HOSPITALIZED: After diving for a ball and landing awkwardly, Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns was strapped to a backboard and carried off the field with 3:44 remaining. He gave two thumbs-up signs as he left the stadium. He was transported to a hospital as a precaution, diagnosed with a concussion and later released. Hurns tweeted "Thanks for all the prayers I really appreciate it. I will be okay."

BOO BIRDS: Fans booed McCoy's seemingly insensitive decision to challenge the play in which Hurns was hurt. They were livid that McCoy, whose team was leading 31-19 at the time, wanted the incompletion changed to an interception. The pass landed on Hurns' stomach after he rolled over — a San Diego defender picked up the ball — but officials ruled it touched the ground before he turned.

CROSS-COUNTRY CURE: For the second time in five years, the Chargers ended a six-game losing streak in Jacksonville. They also snapped a six-game skid in the River City in 2011.

HERNDON'S HEROICS: Chargers receiver Javontee Herndon, a Jacksonville native, returned two punts for 33 yards. That's 32 more punt return yards than the team had in its first 10 games combined.

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