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The Season is Over, Patriots 21 Chargers 12

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Injuries finally got the best of San Diego. LaDainian Tomlinson only had two carries and didn’t play after the first quarter, but this injury probably had the smallest effect on San Diego’s performance because Michael Turner did a solid job in reserve. Philip Rivers’ injury hurt the Chargers much more than LT’s. Rivers didn’t play that bad but if he had been 100% the Chargers would have definitely put up more points, not having a healthy Antonio Gates didn’t help either.

The injury that hurt San Diego the most was that of Jamal Williams. He was just not himself and was unable to get a consistent push at the line of scrimmage. New England was able to run the ball up the middle as they pleased especially in the second half. It wasn’t all Williams’ fault the entire defense couldn’t seem to tackle anyone; they made Kevin Faulk look like a pro-bowler. Aside from getting gouged by the running game late, the Chargers defense played pretty well. Quentin Jammer, Antonio Cromartie and Drayton Florence all had interceptions and they did not get beat by the deep ball.

The difference in time of possession was staggering between the two halves. In the first half San Diego held the ball for just over 18 minutes to New England’s nearly 12. But in the second half San Diego couldn’t stop the run or make a tackle save their lives and the Patriots held the ball for more than 20 minutes.

The Chargers couldn’t get the ball in the endzone. They had 3 opportunities inside the 20 but left with just Field Goals every time. Tomlinson has been one of the most dominant backs inside the 20 for the past few seasons and the same could be said about Gates when it comes to tight ends and not having Tomlinson at all or having Gates healthy was a big reason they were unable to convert. It was especially painful when Junior Seau tackled Michael Turner for a loss on a 3rd and 1 inside the Patriot’s 10-yardline.

If there is any consolation to Charger fans is that at least the bolts got beat by a team that could go down as the best ever. But San Diego still could have won the game…but “shoulda, coulda, woulda” never meant anything so its time to get ready for the draft.


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One Response to “The Season is Over, Patriots 21 Chargers 12”

  1. scott oleary says:

    losers. 18-0. hate us. who cares.

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