The Chargers issues in close games continued Sunday in Baltimore, as the Bolts fell to 2-6 on the season after losing to the Ravens 29-26 on Justin Tucker’s last play field goal.
Joe Flacco beat up the Bolts defense for 319 yards and ran for a score to help Baltimore snap a three-game skid and hand the Chargers their fourth straight defeat.
The loss means that the Chargers own the cellar in the AFC West, as Kansas City earned their 3rd win of the year in London and are a game ahead of the Chargers in the standings.
San Diego QB Philip Rivers went 28 for 37 for 301 yards, his franchise-record fifth consecutive 300-yard game. Two of his touchdown passes went to Malcom Floyd, including a 70-yarder.
The 2-6 record for the Chargers is the franchise’s worst first half to a season since it started 1-7 in 2003.
They have been close so many times it’s crazy, they have lost on the final play in three of their last five games, losing two of those three with the only win coming against the 2-6 Browns.
“Our last four games have been very tough,” said quarterback Philip Rivers. “I don’t have a lot to say tonight because I don’t have a lot of answers.”
The Chargers are also a very beat up bunch. They entered Sunday’s game with a number of injuries, and left even worse off.
The list of the injured during Sunday’s three-point loss was flat out staggering. LT King Dunlap, defensive end Corey Liuget, tight end Ladarius Green, guard-tackle Chris Hairston, wide receiver Stevie Johnson, guard-center Chris Watt, wide receiver Keenan Allen, cornerback Jason Verrett, cornerback Patrick Robinson, running back Branden Oliver, safety Darrell Stuckey and safety Jahleel Addae.
The four-game losing streak for the Chargers is comprised of defeats of 4, 7, 8 and 3 points.
”It’s another one of those games that comes down to the bitter end,” San Diego coach Mike McCoy said.
No matter how you cut it, this has not been a season to remember in San Diego.
Next week the Chargers are back on prime-time, as they are at home Monday night to take on the Chicago Bears.