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           === Jets fall to Chargers in McElroy's starting debut ===
 
 East  Rutherford,  NJ (Sports  Network)  -  Philip  Rivers  tossed a  pair  of
 touchdown passes on Sunday, as the San Diego Chargers spoiled Jets quarterback
 Greg  McElroy's first NFL  start with a 27-17 triumph over New York at MetLife
 Stadium.
 
 Rivers  completed  11-of-22 passes for 165  yards and Micheal Spurlock added a
 63-yard  punt  return touchdown  for the  Chargers (6-9), who  have won two of
 their last three.
 
 New York coach Rex Ryan named McElroy the starter earlier this week after Mark
 Sanchez  turned  the ball  over five  times in  a 14-10  loss to the Tennessee
 Titans  that eliminated  the  Jets  (6-9) from  playoff  contention this  past
 Monday.
 
 "I have to do a better job," McElroy admitted. "We learned a lot today.
 Everyone is very disappointed. We understand we need to improve."
 
 The  second-year  signal-caller  finished  14-of-24  for  185  yards  with  an
 interception  and  a fumble lost  and was sacked 11  times in the setback, New
 York's second in a row.
 
 "Obviously that was great on their part and ridiculous on our part," Ryan said
 of the Chargers racking up 11 sacks. "Offensively, you aren't beating any body
 if you play like that. It's as simply as that."
 
 Shonn  Greene  carried the ball  14 times  for 38 yards  and two scores in the
 loss.
 
 McElroy's first series under center got off to a rocky start, as he was sacked
 for a 9-yard loss on 3rd-and-9 to force the Jets to punt the ball away.
 
 Spurlock  fielded the ensuing kick at his own 37 and made a defender miss near
 midfield  before  scampering down the left  sideline for a 63-yard punt return
 touchdown to give the Chargers a 7-0 edge less than two minutes in.
 
 McElroy  looked  much more comfortable on  the Jets' second touch, as he found
 Greene  for 30 yards out of the backfield before Jeremy Kerley took a snap out
 of the wildcat formation and hit Clyde Gates for 42 yards to the San Diego 11.
 
 McElroy  then scrambled for seven yards down to the goal line on 3rd-and-7 and
 two  plays later Greene  punched it in from a yard out to knot the game at 7-7
 with 9:20 left in the first.
 
 A quick three-and-out gave the ball back to New York and a 20-yard punt return
 from Kerley set the Jets up at their own 42.
 
 Greene  ripped off a 12-yard rush on the next play before McElroy rifled a 13-
 yard strike to Braylon Edwards down to the San Diego 26.
 
 A  pass interference penalty  in the end zone on 3rd-and-7 put the ball on the
 1-yard line and two plays later Greene plowed across the goal line to give the
 Jets a 14-7 edge with 4:13 left in the first.
 
 After the teams exchanged three-and-outs, Rivers converted a 4th-and-2 with an
 18-yard toss to Danario Alexander to the New York 16, but back-to-back holding
 penalties  handcuffed  the drive and the  Chargers were forced to settle for a
 51-yard field goal from Nick Novak to pull within 14-10 with 8:32 left.
 
 Neither  offense managed much  over the latter stages of the half and the Jets
 carried their four-point edge into the locker room.
 
 Rivers  opened the  second half  with consecutive  completions before  finding
 Antonio Gates for 10 yards on 3rd-and-6 down to the New York 40.
 
 Facing  3rd-and-7 three plays later, Rivers found Alexander deep down the left
 sideline  for  a 37-yard touchdown  to put the  Chargers in front, 17-14, with
 11:11 left in the third.
 
 New York went three-and-out on its next two touches before Spurlock returned a
 punt 21 yards to the Jets' 38.
 
 A defensive holding penalty on 3rd-and-17 kept the possession alive and Rivers
 took  advantage two plays  later, as he found Gates for a 34-yard touchdown to
 make it a 24-14 game with 1:34 left in the fourth.
 
 The  Jets gave the  ball right back on the fourth play of their ensuing touch,
 as  Corey Lynch stepped in front of a McElroy pass and returned it 30 yards to
 the New York 19.
 
 San  Diego  turned the  interception into  points when  Novak nailed a 27-yard
 field  goal,  but a 46-yard  kickoff return from  Joe McKnight helped the Jets
 respond  with  a field goal of  their own, as  Nick Folk buried a 40-yarder to
 make it a 27-17 game with 11:08 remaining.
 
 The  Chargers  chewed up nearly  five minutes of  clock on their ensuing touch
 before punting the ball back to the Jets.
 
 New  York made  its way  across midfield  on the  possession, but  McElroy was
 sacked  and stripped at  the New York 47 by Shaun Phillips, who pounced on the
 loose ball at the New York 44.
 
 The  Jets regained possession after a San Diego three-and-out, but McElroy was
 sacked on three straight plays to turn the ball over on downs and allow Rivers
 to kneel down three times to run out the clock.
 
 
                                  Game Notes
 
 Despite the win, the Chargers will finish with their first losing record since
 going  4-12 under  Marty Schottenheimer in 2003 ... The Chargers lead the all-
 time  series,  20-12-1 ... New  York quarterback Tim  Tebow was active for the
 game  but did not play ... Gates (82) is now in sole possession of first place
 for most touchdown catches in franchise history ... San Diego's 11 sacks were
 the most in a single game since 1986 against the Dallas Cowboys.
 
 12/23 20:14:14 ET