The San Diego Chargers were finally able to reach the playoffs this year after failing to do so since the 2009 season. They fired head coach Norv Turner and brought in Mike McCoy, a former offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos.
If this team was going to make the playoffs, Rivers was going to have to step up in a big way. Last year he finished the season with 3,606 passing yards, 26 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He completed 64.1 percent of his passes and had a passer rating of 88.6 on the year.
This year things turned around for Rivers as he was able to throw 30 touchdown passes for the first time in three years. He also managed to keep his interceptions under 12, which is great. If you can avoid throwing a ton of interceptions, then you have a better chance of helping your team win.
Rivers finished the year with 4,478 passing yards with a quarterback rating of 105.5 on top of completing nearly 70 percent of his passes.
Philip and the Chargers were able to lock up a Wild Card berth at the very end of the season. That Wild Card berth led to them tearing apart the AFC North Cincinnati Bengals in the opening round. They were eliminated from the playoffs by the Denver Broncos the following week.
Now according to the Pro Football Writers of America, Philip Rivers will be taking home Comeback Player of the Year honors for 2013.