Philip Rivers threw for three touchdowns, Melvin Gordon rushed for 104 yards and the Los Angeles Chargers rallied for a 29-27 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Caleb Sturgis had three field goals, including one from 21 yards with 7:41 left that gave the Chargers (2-2) the lead, but he had an eventful day with two missed extra points.

“It was good to see the resiliency of this team and how they bounced back. We played good, complementary football,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said.

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon, right, runs in for a touchdown as San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)

Rivers was 25 of 39 for 250 yards. Gordon had the sixth 100-yard rushing game of his career and his first since last Oct. 29 against New England.

Gordon and Austin Ekeler each caught touchdowns, the first time the Chargers have had two running backs catch touchdowns since Jessie Hester and Darren Sproles did it on Nov. 22, 2010, against Denver.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers celebrates after running back Melvin Gordon ran in for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)

Gordon and Ekeler averaged 5.6 yards per carry against a Niners’ defense that came into the game 10th against the run and allowing only 97 yards per game.

“He ran outstanding. There are some times when he could have gone out of bounds but he stayed between the yard lines and made plays,” Lynn said of Gordon.

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams, right, celebrates a catch as San Francisco 49ers defensive back Antone Exum stands in the background during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)

C.J. Beathard, who got the start for San Francisco (1-3) after Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending knee injury, was 23 of 37 for 298 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The last interception came with 2:38 remaining when Isaac Rochell picked off a pass intended for Alfred Morris at the Niners’ 19. The Chargers then ran out the clock.

“I thought he played well,” Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said. “He played very tough. Made some great plays, especially in some of the situations. With a lot of guys going in and out, he handled a lot of adversity well and a little chaos due to injuries.”

The Niners got off to a strong start, taking a 17-6 lead early in the second quarter on an interception return for a touchdown and scores on two of their first three drives.

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams, top, makes a catch while under pressure from San Francisco 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)

Antoine Exum put San Francisco on the board 57 seconds into the game when he picked off Rivers’ pass intended for Keenan Allen and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown.

After Sturgis missed a 54-yard field goal, the Niners extended their lead to two touchdowns when Beathard threw a 2-yard score to Kendrick Bourne.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard, left, is sacked by Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Derwin James, center, and defensive end Melvin Ingram during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Sanchez)

Los Angeles answered that touchdown with one of its own as Rivers found a wide-open Antonio Gates for a 5-yard score to make it 14-6 after missing the extra point.

Robbie Gould’s 21-yard field goal extended the lead to 17-6 before the Chargers rallied to tie it at halftime. Rivers found Ekeler in single coverage on a go route for a 22-yard touchdown and Sturgis made a field goal from 48 yards that was set up by Desmond King’s 55-yard punt return.

Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Desmond King, top, jumps over San Francisco 49ers punter Bradley Pinion while returning a punt during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)

The Chargers scored on their first two drives of the second half to take a 26-17 lead. Gordon caught a 6-yard TD pass from Rivers and Sturgis made a 25-yard field goal. With 2:50 remaining in the third quarter, Beathard got back on track by connecting with George Kittle for an 86-yard touchdown. Gould’s 33-yard field goal gave the Niners a 27-26 lead with 12:39 remaining.

EXTRA-POINT WOES

The Chargers have missed eight PATs since the start of last season, which is the most in the league. Los Angeles has missed 10 extra points since the kick was moved back in 2015 and is one of eight teams in the league to have missed 10 or more.

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler, left, hauls in a touchdown pass while under pressure from San Francisco 49ers linebacker Fred Warner during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)

INJURIES

Niners: Wide receiver Dante Pettis and left tackle Joe Staley suffered knee injuries. Staley’s injury meant San Francisco had to reshuffle its offensive line, moving first-round pick Mike McGlinchey to left tackle and putting Garry Gilliam at right tackle.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, left, scores a touchdown after making a catch as Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Jahleel Addae, upper right, and defensive back Casey Hayward defend during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)

Chargers: Wide receiver Travis Benjamin, who missed the past two games due to a foot injury, did not play during the second half. He had a catch for 2 yards. Left tackle Russell Okung did not play in the second half due to a groin injury.

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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams, left, is tackled by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Sanchez)

Source: The Associated Press

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