Philip Rivers defends on-field antics vs. Patriots

Ryan Hannable
January 13, 2019 - 6:58 pm

FOXBORO -- Philip Rivers was clearly frustrated in Sunday's 41-28 loss to the Patriots in the AFC divisional round.

The veteran quarterback was yelling at officials and sometimes his teammates on the field during the game. Did this cross the line of showing a lack of composure and potentially hurting his team?

Speaking afterwards, Rivers didn't think so.

"You can decide whether that’s unfair or not," he said to reporters. "I know that’s not the case in any – not at all.

The 37-year-old is now 0-8 all-time against Tom Brady and is certainly running out of chances to get his first Super Bowl title.

"Yeah, it’s tough," he said. "I was excited this week, I was excited to come back here. It was an emotional week a little bit just being back here in the postseason after being here 11 years ago almost to the day, a week shy of 11 years. I think like every team, when you go into the game, you expect to win and I certainly thought we were going to have a better outing. But we didn’t. So it is emotional because I think you know how hard it is to get to January the 13th and be in a playoff game. You’re talking an eight, nine month deal and to come up short again is tough. A lot of good this year, I think as the dust settles you can appreciate more of that. But certainly a disappointing finish. You get up and start again."

Despite the loss, he still had a ton of praise for Brady and the Patriots.

"I don’t know if there’s anything he can do now that makes you have any more respect," he said. "For what he’s done over his career, I don’t think that he can throw another pass or do anything that makes you go, ‘Oh man, gosh, he is really good.’ I think he’s up there, if not the all-time great, one of. That argument can go on forever and so I don’t think he can surprise you with anything he does. Was he rolling at the highest level today? I think we all would agree with that."

The Patriots move on to play the Chiefs next Sunday in Kansas City.

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