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Chargers lose to the Chargers, again

Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:51 am
Edited on: November 1, 2011 5:36 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson



No one beat the San Diego Chargers worse in 2010 than the San Diego Chargers. And in an ugly 23-20 overtime loss in Kansas City on Monday, many of the problems that have plagued San Diego during Norv Turner's tenure emerged in typically ugly fashion.

None was more ugly than what happened with 1:03 remaining on the clock, the Chiefs out of timeouts and the Chargers well within kicker Nick Novak's range for a game-winning field goal. Philip Rivers then fumbled a snap right before taking a knee.

"Worst day ever," Rivers mouthed from the sidelines after the fumble.



That's an understandable feeling from Rivers, who's struggled mightly this season. He threw two picks -- one his fault and another on a tipped pass -- but actually straightened up to produce a pretty solid line (26/41, 369 yards) despite not throwing any touchdown passes.

San Diego finished with 12 penalties for 105 yards, which was three more yards than the Chargers had rushing. They fumbled three balls and lost two of them, and gave away the two picks.

The Chiefs weren't much better, but they ultimately just shot themselves in the foot fewer times.

"It was not pretty by any stretch of the imagination," Todd Haley said.


No it was not. Matt Cassel looked pretty bad, the Chiefs didn't have much of a rushing game to speak of until a nice late drive that featured a touchdown from Jackie Battle.

None of this is to take away from Kansas City because, my goodness, they're tied for first place in the AFC West all of a sudden. This is unbelievable, given that they looked like one of the worst teams in the NFL three weeks into the season. And they're getting ready to welcome the 0-fer Dolphins to Arrowhead, while the Raiders match up against the Broncos and the Chargers welcome ... the Packers.

Yes, it's entirely possible that Kansas City will be in first place all alone come this time next week. That's a credit to them for fighting back from a slew of big-time injuries. But San Diego had more than enough opportunities to push Kansas City back and extend their division lead on Monday.

They couldn't convert anything in the red zone (at one point a first down from the Chiefs 22-yard line ended up in a fourth-and-22 from the Chiefs 34-yard line) and had to settle for Nick Novak field goals all night long.

This is a common theme with the Chargers this year, who score less than 50 percent of the time they get inside the opponent's 20. And it's been a common theme for a while. It always seemed like talent might trump these problems, but as Monday night proved (again), sometimes the Chargers just can't get out of their own way.

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Comments

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:03 am
 

Chargers lose to the Chargers, again

Why is it that this one snap is the play that lost the game?  I understand that at that point the Charges had an opportunity (key word-opportunity) to score and win the game.  However, Dexter McCluster fumbled the ball after the Chiefs D interceptied Rivers when the Chiefs were on SD 25 - if we kick a field goal there then the Charges would of had an opportunity to tie the game.  Brandon Flowers dropped two interceptions (one was a sure interception).  Cassel fumbled the ball after being hit on the Chiefs 22 that led to a SD FG  Why is it that none of these plays made a difference?



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:01 am
 

Chargers lose to the Chargers, again

Most games in the NFL fit under the "drama"category within our entertainment culture...this game was a comedy. I was just LMAO by the time that last kick was going through the uprights. The funniest moment of the year: the MNF crew is talking about the fumble, Jon Gruden says: "Phillip Rivers must be thinking that this is the worst day of his life", and then they show him mouthing: "worst day ever"...SO PRICELESS. Neither team deserved to win this game, so it's comforting to know the the Chiefs aren't exactly the Packers and that the Chargers are still the Chargers. I must say though, even with the injuries and the 0-3 start, idk how people were saying the KC was in the Suck for Luck race. Last night was the first time I watched them them this year...Jackie Battle and Dexter McCluster appear to be very talented, and this team still has Dwayne Bowe. The defense was a lot better than I was under the impression it was... 



Since: Apr 30, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:00 am
 

Chargers lose to the Chargers, again

come on! 12 penalties with 105 lose yds!
and the rivers fumble!

just take this things out, and you will see if the chiefs beat the chargers

So Jaimito, what do you take away from the Chiefs...ya know to make it fair, since you are removing the Chargers mistakes?



Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:55 am
 

Chargers lose to the Chargers, again

I agree maybe not next week, unless Tebow can out do a prepared Carson Palmer, but in two weeks its definitely possible. Next week the Chiefs beat Miami and Oakland beats Denver while the Chargers lose to the Packers. Then the next week the Chiefs beat Denver while the Chargers beat Oakland leaving the records at Chiefs 6-3; Chargers 5-4; Raiders 5-4; Broncos 2-7. 



Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:49 am
 

Chargers lose to the Chargers, again

have you watch the game??!!!!

come on! 12 penalties with 105 lose yds!
and the rivers fumble!

just take this things out, and you will see if the chiefs beat the chargers 



Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:07 am
 

Chargers lose to the Chargers, again

Um...  In regards to the possibility that KC might be alone in first place next week, I can certainly buy KC beating Miami, and San Diego getting stomped by the Packers.  But Oakland getting beat by Tebow?  While it could happen, it's not so likely that the writer should be playing with this idea of KC being alone in first place.  In fact it's pretty unlikely.



Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:50 am
 

Chargers lose to the Chargers, again

It's funny how sports writers jump on the bandwagon when a QB or coach is great, but pummel them into the ground when things don't go well. Teams win games, and championships, not one player, and not just the coach.

I've been pummeling Rivers and Turner for years. Not just cause I hate the Chargers, facts are facts - they have done the least with the most for a long time. Yes the Broncos suck, so don't go there, that's not who we are talking about.

Total no brainer here.  Rivers may be a great stats whore, though not this year, but a career loser.  Norv is the king of all losers though, every single great team he's coached into underachieving or blowing up at the wrong moments.
That says it all. Cry-me-a-Rivers has no one to blame but himself in his "worst day ever" last night.



Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:41 am
 

Chargers lose to the Chargers, again

Total no brainer here.  Rivers may be a great stats whore, though not this year, but a career loser.  Norv is the king of all losers though, every single great team he's coached into underachieving or blowing up at the wrong moments. 



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:28 am
 

Chargers lose to the Chargers, again

Have to agree with Elgecko84...the Chiefs defense did a pretty good job, all things considered, and the Chargers fumbles(besides the one by Philip Rivers), were caused by the Chiefs defense. When they had to, Matt Cassel led them down the field and along with Jackie Battle, they tied the game.

So, where's Mike Freeman when we need him...isn't it time to call Philip Rivers the Tony Romo of the AFC? And also everyone is on Norv Turner just like they are on Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. It's funny how sports writers jump on the bandwagon when a QB or coach is great, but pummel them into the ground when things don't go well. Teams win games, and championships, not one player, and not just the coach.



Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:50 am
 

Chargers lose to the Chargers, again

To be fair, though, the Chiefs defense was pretty good. I understand that San Diego is supposed to be the better team, but KC deserves a lot of credit for forcing SD into those bad situations. It's not like calls were exactly going KC's way. The last fumble was entirely SD's fault, but they still had a chance in OT to win it and KC's defense stepped up. The Chargers didn't beat the Chargers, the Chiefs did.


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