Antonio Gates captured the first touchdown in the opening game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Although they were off to a fantastic start, the Chargers struggled on the defense and offense. The Chiefs were able to tie it up earning themselves a touchdown during the first quarter. By the time half time rolled around, the Chiefs were up by 14.
Philip Rivers showcased his frustration on the sidelines and on the field. The 3rd quarter was spent playing catch up. They were unsuccessful until the last 3 minutes of the game where Legedu Naanee (in lieu of Vincent Jackson) secured the ball and ran it to the end zone for a 59 yard touchdown.
The highlight of the game was a 94 yard punt return by Dexter McCluster which made winning the game slip away. Mike Tolbert made a huge play after gaining 23 yards during the 4th quarter. With the last 39 seconds of the game, the Chargers fell short 6 yards of a touchdown that would have tied them with the Chiefs, sending them into overtime.
I’m not sure what hurts more.. that we lost to the New York Jets in the playoffs or that we started the 2010-2011 season losing to a team who hasn’t been consistent. The Special Teams had to be the most disappointing factor in tonight’s game along with rookie Ryan Mathews‘ costly fumbled ball.
I’m hoping the Chargers go up from here with 15 games left. Even if this game wasn’t in our favor, chins up Charger fans!