He has made with his passes more room for profit than John Elway and 101 Touchdowns thrown more than Joe Montana, Philip Rivers is considered to be one of the best Quarterbacks of his Generation – and to the count after all, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers and Eli Manning.

Still, Rivers is different from all these players. Because the game makers to the Los Angeles Chargers Crucial missing something: He has never won a Super Bowl. He has not yet participated in a match.

Now he has a Chance to get back to the finals one step closer. A new start for the now 37-Year-old. And it could even be his last. “Philip Rivers is running out of time”, was the headline in the “Washington Post”. For the first time in five years, the Chargers are back in the Playoffs. At that time they were located in San Diego. Meanwhile, they moved to Los Angeles. After 23:17 victory at the Playoff-opener at the Baltimore Ravens Rivers and L. play A. in the quarter-finals at the New England Patriots. “A hell of a challenge,” says Rivers.

He is the epitome of continuity at his Position. Since the 11. In September 2006, the Chargers have completed 208 games in the regular season. And since that 27:0 victory in 2006 with the Oakland Raiders, there has been only a Starting Quarterback: Philip Michel Rivers. With this balance, he is the playmaker with the most number of consecutive inserts and ranked in the NFL’s history, along with Peyton Manning, on court three.

The great Playoff moments missing

Rivers is not throwing the Football, as usual, over the head, but rather from the side, has proven over several seasons that he can win between the beginning of September and the end of December, important games. Anyone looking for but in Rivers’ career of great Playoff moments, looking in vain. Many is only remembered, as he played in 2008 in the semi-finals for the Patriots, despite a cruciate ligament tear in his right knee. Rivers was so close to the Super Bowl like never before – and never afterwards.

He had missed due to his injury, probably already in the Super Bowl. But he wanted to lead his Team at least into the final. But it’s not quite enough. New England won 21:12. Already in the season before, Rivers was first as a Starter, had the Chargers with 14:2 Victories, the best record of all Teams. They had won all of their home games and would have been in two other home wins in the endgame. But then there was a 21:24 defeat against New England.

It is pointless to discuss whether Rivers would have at least one Super Bowl Ring, he would have been in 2004, not against Eli Manning replaced. The had selected the Chargers at the time of the Draft in the first place. But Manning had already made clear in advance, to want to not for San Diego to play. The New York Giants had, in turn, selected from all the talent Rivers at Position four. And since this was on the Chargers wish list number two, agreed both Teams on a trade. Almost 15 years later, Manning no longer has the athletic class, such as Rivers. Manning has become the Giants, however, the twice champion.

Manning, Rodgers and Roethlisberger have missed this year’s Playoffs. Rivers and the Chargers on the other hand, after a regular season with twelve Wins and four defeats as a serious title contender. The best away team in the League (8:1) travels with courage to the best home team (8:0). Of course, Rivers knows that the New England Patriots have lost for the past six years, no Playoff home game more, and that he was able to win seven duels against Brady. Nevertheless, he emphasized: “We have a Chance. A Chance to get a step closer to the final.”

self-confidence it has been lacking to him anyway. Not as a small child, when he was at home in Alabama in the mid-term breaks of the High School Football or basketball games in front of the marching band and did so, as if he were a conductor. And not even in the fifth grade, when he got the job, on a Poster of his dreams – and then a title page of “Sports Illustrated” with his photo.