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Packers 45, Chargers 38

Packers strong safety Charlie Peprah intercepts a pass thrown by Philip Rivers in the final minute. Peprah also returned an interception for a touchdown in the second quarter.

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Packers strong safety Charlie Peprah intercepts a pass thrown by Philip Rivers in the final minute. Peprah also returned an interception for a touchdown in the second quarter.

SAN DIEGO — Aaron Rodgers was at his best, throwing lasers and finding four different teammates in the end zone.

Yes, Rodgers had a lot to do with the Packers remaining undefeated Sunday with a crazy 45-38 win over the Chargers.

So did San Diego's Philip Rivers, whose run of turnovers continued with three critical interceptions, two by Charlie Peprah.

Peprah and Tramon Williams returned pickoffs for touchdowns in a span of six plays in the first quarter, and Peprah's second pick in the closing seconds sealed the win for the Packers, who became the third Super Bowl champion to open the following season 8-0.

"We're a pressure defense, so we're going to give up some big plays. But we feel we're going to make some, too," Peprah said. "I wouldn't trade a perfect defense for a win, so I'll take the W and we'll clean up that stuff later."

Rodgers was 21-of-26 for 247 yards and ran his NFL-leading total to 24 TD throws.

Rodgers, who lives in the upscale San Diego suburb of Del Mar in the offseason, seemed more impressed with the high percentage of cheeseheads in the sellout crowd than in remaining the NFL's only perfect team.

"The crowd was incredible," he said. "When you're on the road and up by seven and it's late in the game and they have to go on a silent count, that's pretty impressive. I have to give a lot of credit to our fans, the way they travel."

The Chargers have lost three straight, including Monday at Kansas City, when Rivers fumbled a snap in the final minute of regulation.

Sunday he threw four touchdowns to tie his career high, three to Vincent Jackson.

"We're fighting through a rough time right now," said Rivers, whose 14 interceptions and 17 total turnovers lead the NFL. "These tough times, you find out a lot about guys, a lot about yourself."

In his eighth season, Rivers had three interceptions for the first time.

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