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Cowboys have no answers for Rivers-to-Allen passing combination

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The Dallas Cowboys always play a home game on Thanksgiving, and for many fans, that's the only way to celebrate the holiday. Take a look at the elaborate Turkey Day feats and see what makes this game so special.
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The Dallas Cowboys always play a home game on Thanksgiving, and for many fans, that's the only way to celebrate the holiday. Take a look at the elaborate Turkey Day feats and see what makes this game so special.

ARLINGTON _ It was a simple game of catch on a Thanksgiving evening at AT&T Stadium.

Phillip Rivers threw three touchdowns and Keenan Allen caught 11 passes and scored on a 42-yard reception as the Los Angeles Chargers easily passed over and through the Dallas Cowboys in a 28-6 win.

“Keenan Allen is a great player. He and Philip are certainly on the same page,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said.

Rivers completed 27 of 33 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns for a passer rating of 149.1.

Despite his total passing yards, Rivers’ longest completion was 46 yards. However, the Chargers had eight passes of 20 or more yards. He basically picked apart the Cowboys’ secondary.

“They were really good. The quarterback is outstanding. You try to do different things when you play a guy like this,” Garrett said. “You try to man, you try to pressure him and try to do things different ways. I don’t know if it was one thing. They beat us at different times and they beat us in different ways.

“I thought they did a good job protecting him. He always does a great job getting the ball out and they do a good job of getting guys outside.”

Allen was targeted 14 times and caught 11 passes for 172 yards and one touchdown. His 42-yard catch and run dazzled the crowd of 93,012.

At least five defenders had a chance to tackle or at least slow down Allen on the play. To make matters worse, it came on a third-and-6.

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