Mercilus, who is in his sixth season, started each game this year and had 10 tackles and a sack.
If he had remained healthy and productive, the Giants would have opened up negotiations after this season and were braced to make Beckham the highest-paid receiver in the league - Antonio Brown of the Steelers now holds that title with a four-year, $68 million deal. He fell awkwardly to the ground, and Chargers players immediately signaled to the sideline for help. "I'm proud to say that after 12 years I've finally became the man I knew I was suppose to be by confronting Adversity with a Smile". Beckham began screaming and crying in pain and was carted off the field.
"I was tired and exhausted, but you have to find a way to push through", Gordon told reporters.
Early in the fourth quarter he scored a triumphant 48-yard touchdown. Buried deep in their own territory Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was in the middle of changing a play when center Spencer Pulley snapped the ball.
"This was a game we really needed", cornerback Eli Apple said. "Sort of takes care of itself when you have guys nicked up like we do. That is kind of tough". Beckham was in tears as possibly his season - and the Giants' - came to a harsh end soon after an Eli Manning fumble led to a game-winning Chargers touchdown.
Brandon Marshall was carted off in the second quarter with an ankle injury just moments after Sterling Shepard limped off the field with an ankle injury. Fellow receiver Dwayne Harris is also done for the year after suffering a fractured foot against the Los Angeles Chargers (1-4).
Coach Bill O'Brien confirmed that both were season-ending injuries on Monday, a day after Watt broke his left leg and Mercilus, a linebacker, tore a pectoral muscle in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Yet for a team that boasts one of the league's most dynamic players in Beckham and recently invested $11 million in Marshall and a first-round pick in a tight end, Evan Engram, the lack of offensive results remained perplexing. He took a sideway hit that left him limping with a knee injury.
Shepard was injured when he was hit hard over the middle earlier on the same drive.
Beckham was just one of four Giants receivers to be hurt in the game. Seven different players caught balls from Rivers, with star receiver Keenan Allen leading the way with four catches for 67 yards. Injuries rampant, receiving corps depleted.
Pence tweeted about leaving the game: "I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem".
The Giants also signed receiver Darius Powe to replace Rudolph on the practice squad.
Giants' running back Orleans Darkwa suffered a calf injury on a 23-yard touchdown run Sunday, He returned to rush twice more, but could not continue after that.