Giants at Chargers 2013: First look at Sunday's matchup

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants travel to San Diego to face the Chargers Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium. We take an early look at the game.

The New York Giants head to California Sunday to face the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in a matchup of two 5-7 teams desperately clinging to improbable playoff hopes.

The Giants, of course, come off a 24-17 victory over the Washington Redskins and have won five of six. The Chargers have been going in the opposite direction. San Diego has lost four of its last five, with the Chargers' only victory in that stretch being a 41-38 upset of the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chargers open the week as 3-point favorites.

No Giants-Chargers matchup can come around without discussion of the 2004 trade that brought Eli Manning to New York and sent Philip Rivers to San Diego, shaping both franchises for the past decade. SB Nation's Chargers web site, Bolts from the Blue, has already taken a look back at the deal. We will soon be doing the same here at Big Blue View, so keep looking for that.

The Chargers are fourth in the league in total offense this season, averaging 401.6 yards per game. Rivers is completing 70 percent of his passes and has a passer rating of 104.4.

San Diego has two receiver with more than 60 catches -- tight end Antonio Gates (64) and running back Danny Woodhead (61). Wide receiver Keenan Allen has 58 receptions. Running back Ryan Matthews has 782 yards rushing and averages 4.4 yards per carry.

NOTE: Giants' offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride was head coach of the Chargers in 1997 and 1998, compiling a 6-16 record.

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