Ryan Mathews scores first receiving touchdown of his career

Eric Edholm

There's a lot Ryan Mathews has yet to accomplish in what has been a disappointing career to date. But now he can cross one off that list.

Mathews helped the San Diego Chargers march down in a surprising opening drive — heh, we kid: it was one play after a quick Matt Schaub INT — with the first touchdown catch of his career.

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Yep. After 38 games and 111 grabs, Mathews crossed the plane of the end zone via the pass for the first time in the NFL. Mathews has scored 14 rushing touchdowns, but for a player who has averaged nearly three receptions per game, the fact that he hadn't scored through the air was a bit surprising. But Mathews looked spry early, which is a good thing for the Chargers.

Maybe the start of a breakout season? Hey, one game at a time.

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