There’s no such thing as a good loss, but some are worse than others.
Despite an absurd time of possession differential and losing a starting safety in the first half, they had a chance to win it at the end. The team was in the red zone with three time-outs and the league’s top performing quarterback (to date) directing traffic.
Sometimes, it just doesn’t go your way. One could point to penalties, another could highlight our injuries … but those are factors of the game. The best team that day finds a way to win despite those issues. In the end, not having your best players and making a few bad (terrible) mistakes have to be overcome to win in today’s NFL.
Branden Oliver ran well despite his limited number of carries, averaging just under five yards per scamper against a top five defensive line. And Rivers was also on the money, throwing a number of crucial completions and only a last second desperation INT will mar his season stats through this game.
The Chargers defense is banged up, no question about it. Who knows who will be on the field two nights from now. Yes, two. The Bolts head to Denver tomorrow afternoon for a Thursday night face-off with the guy who just became the National Football League’s all-time touchdown tosser.
The loss would have been much easier to accept had the Broncos laid an egg against the Niners. Fat chance. Peyton schooled the tattooed neophyte Kaepernick like that kid who’s been held back in sixth grade for two years with a wispy, early-stage mustache does to his standard-aged classmates in a bout of gym glass dodgeball. But instead of giving him a wedgie in the locker room after class, he thanks him for a good game and makes a self-effacing joke about being old.
Anyway I digress.
It sucks to lose at home, and we sure had a great five-game run. This team is for real though, this isn’t Norv Turner’s San Diego Chargers anymore.
Come on bye week.