As any football fan will tell you, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. The Chargers finished the game.
In the first half of this Wild Card Playoff game the Chargers were bad, but they did not make a game-changing crucial mistake. It was six to zip at halftime. Down, but clearly not out.
The Bolts smashed back into the game with 17 unanswered points and earned a ticket to the next round of the playoffs, winning 17-6.
1994 was the last time the Chargers won a playoff game… history has been erased.
Even going into the fourth quarter the Chargers were down 17-3. The resolve notwithstanding, this San Diego team showed big game talent when it mattered the most. That is what a champion is about.
Each side of the ball stepped up for the Chargers in the second half. That locker room meeting must have been euphoric. A different team stepped onto the turf after halftime. It was clear the Titans challenged San Diego quarterback Phillip Rivers to beat them. He did with a modestly triumphant 19-of-30 for 292 yards, and a pick.
The acquisition of wide receiver Chris Chambers is so vital now we’re in the playoffs- the implications are insurmountable seeing that he snagged six catches for 121 yards.
Going into next week the big question is Antonio Gates. How big is the toe injury? He went down late in the second half and the Bolts offense collectively had their heart skip a beat. News on the toe will be forthcoming.
In the meantime, the San Diego Chargers have won. Despite a porous half of play this resilient team seems ready to take on the reigning Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts. Time for the Bolts to strike down the horseshoes.