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Good Shane plan flattens Packers

After knocking off the Bears last week, the Chargers dominated Green Bay with help from new offensive coordinator Shane Steichen.

Green Bay Packers v Los Angeles Chargers
Chargers running back Austin Ekeler gets tackled by B.J. Goodson of the Packers during the second half.
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CARSON, Calif. — Melvin Gordon scored two touchdowns, Michael Badgley kicked four field goals and the Chargers dominated the Packers 26-11 on Sunday.

Los Angeles (4-5) snapped a three-game home skid in what was easily its best game of the year. The offense moved the ball consistently in Shane Steichen’s first game as coordinator, and the defense kept Aaron Rodgers and the Packers out of the end zone until midway through the fourth quarter.

Steichen, who was promoted after Ken Whisenhunt was fired last Monday, called a good game as the Chargers weren’t faced with many third-and-long situations. Gordon, who came in averaging only 2.5 yards per carry, had 80 yards on 20 carries, including two one-yard touchdowns off left guard in the third and fourth quarters. Austin Ekeler added 70 yards as the Chargers rushed for a season-high 159 yards and averaged 4.2 yards per carry.

Philip Rivers completed 21 of 28 passes for 294 yards, and Mike Williams had his first 100-yard receiving game in his three-year career with three receptions for 111 yards. Hunter Henry had 84 yards on seven catches.

“We established the run and committed to it,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. “Shane did an outstanding job. I thought he was aggressive when he needed to be. He prepared well all week, and the players have confidence in him. Everyone stepped up and did what they had to do.”

Rodgers was 23-for-35 for 161 yards as the Packers (7-2) had their four-game winning streak snapped. Green Bay’s lone touchdown came with 6:21 left, when Rodgers found a wide-open Jamaal Williams for a 10-yard touchdown. Rodgers then got Green Bay within 26-11 with a two-point conversion.

Packers running back Aaron Jones came in averaging 137.8 scrimmage yards in his last four games but was held to 29 yards (30 rushing, minus-1 receiving). Davante Adams had seven receptions for 41 yards after missing the last four games with turf toe.

“For whatever reason,’’ Rivers said, ‘‘we do better when it seems like the Chargers don’t have a chance. I don’t think anyone gave us a chance today, and all three phases did a good job.’’