Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/16/12

SAN DIEGO -- With an injured Antonio Gates sitting out the contest, quarterback Philip Rivers found a new target at tight end to fill the void.

Reserve Dante Rosario, who hadn't recorded a touchdown catch since 2009, when he was a member of the Carolina Panthers, was on the receiving end of a career-high three as the Chargers earned a 38-10 victory over Tennessee on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

Rosario made the most of his opportunity after the Chargers decided to sit Gates, who had spent the week nursing sore ribs.

Rivers connected with Rosario, who spent last season with the Dolphins, for a pair of first-quarter touchdowns to give the Chargers an early lead they would never relinquish. The two hooked up on an 11-yard scoring pass on the Chargers' opening drive, capping a 12-play, 71-yard march for a 7-0 lead with 6:08 left in the quarter.

It took only two plays for the Titans to turn the ball back over to the Chargers as free safety Eric Weddle picked off quarterback Jake Locker, giving the Chargers possession at the Tennessee 31. Six plays later, Rivers found Rosario again for a 4-yard scoring pass and a 14-0 Chargers lead with 4:20 remaining in the first.

Rosario caught his third touchdown late in the third quarter as the Chargers blew the contest open.

A 26-yard field goal by Mike Scifres pushed the lead to 17-0 early in the second quarter before the Titans (0-2) found a pulse.

They mounted a 10-play, 81-yard drive late in the second quarter that landed them on the Chargers 5 before settling for a 23-yard field goal by Rob Bironas, cutting the deficit to 17-3 with 4:45 left in the half.

But they never managed to get any closer. Their lone touchdown occurred late in the third quarter when Locker completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Wright.

Running back Jackie Battle scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns for the Chargers (2-0).

Rivers finished 24 of 32 for 284 yards with three touchdowns. He had one interception. Locker completed 15 of 30 passes for 174 yards with a touchdown. He also threw an interception.

Notes: The Chargers retired the number 55 of Junior Seau during a brief ceremony before the game. Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts, one of only three Chargers to have their numbers retired, spoke before the club unveiled Seau's No. 55 next to Lance Alworth's No. 19. ... Running back Ryan Mathews, who suffered a broken collarbone in the preseason, also was among the players the Chargers declared inactive, along with defensive tackle Antonio Garay. ... Titans who were inactive included defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks and linebacker Colin McCarthy.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Phil Jackson reportedly does not have opt-out until 2017

Byron Scott: D’Angelo Russell’s immaturity ‘at times’ a problem

Kevin Love: Shoulder injury ‘just a stinger’

Nets’ Joe Johnson would ‘welcome’ a trade

Report: Grizzlies want Kevin Durant in free agency

WATCH: Karl-Anthony Towns throws down monster dunk


Dos Anjos: McGregor will 'break like a girl' at UFC 196

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell hit in groin by LeBron pass

Kobe Bryant has great response to Tyronn Lue story

Report: St. Louis Blues no longer interested in Jonathan Drouin

Doc Rivers: Warriors have 'swagger' of defending champion

Damian Lillard added as a finalist for 2016 U.S. Olympic Team

8-year-old Panthers fan writes adorable letter to Cam Newton

Donovan McNabb: I did not throw up during Super Bowl loss

Seven teams that must target a quarterback in 2016 NFL draft

Fighter says sex before fight partly to blame for loss

Kevin McHale: James Harden being out of shape hurt Rockets early

WATCH: Kevin Love re-injures left shoulder

Johnny Manziel’s grandpa on ex-girlfriend: ‘The girl has her problems’

Andy Dalton reunited with missing luggage thanks to social media

Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson used to soak his ankles in urine

Why Tom Thibodeau needs to be in New York

Defensemen in high demand as NHL trade deadline looms

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker