Chargers' Season Comes To An End


CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 26: Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers runs off of the field following the Chargers 34-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals during the NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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WIN OR GO HOME!

The Chargers came into the game already knowing that the Kansas City Chiefs won their game and the Chargers had no room for error. The Chargers needed to win the game to extend their season and keep their playoff hopes alive.

The Chargers traveled to Cincinnati to face the Bengals who were looking to spoil the Chargers’ playoff hopes. The Chargers opened up the football game FLAT! The first play of the game for the Chargers was an attempted reverse that was fumbled by Vincent Jackson and pinned the Bolts deep at their own 1 yard line. The Chargers had to punt out of their own end zone with the wind blowing hard against them. The punt only traveled 20 yards and the Bengals were in business.

The Bengals took the short field and Carson Palmer hit Jermaine Gresham for a big gain up the middle. Palmer and Gresham hooked up later in the drive for the touchdown pass up the middle to quickly place the Bengals up 7-0 on the Chargers.

The Chargers gave the Bengals the ball back on a Mike Tolbert fumble. Tolbert was LIT UP on the play and suffered a neck injury, where Tolbert had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. The Bengals were able to convert that possession into a touchdown with a Palmer pass to the corner of the end zone to Jerome Simpson to place the Bengals up 13-0. The extra point was missed.

The Chargers looked like they were going to make a strong push in the second half after a field goal and a Ryan Mathews run for a 23 yard touchdown. The Chargers were as close as 10-13 but were not able to stop the Bengals from putting TDs on the board. The Bengals added a touchdown catch from Jordan Shipley and the game ender was a 59 yard pass to Simpson where Antoine Cason got BURNED and was not ready for the play to start. Bernard Scott then added another score. The Chargers added a garbage TD with a Philip Rivers pass to Kelley Washington. Bengals 34 – Chargers 20.

The Chargers can now put this nightmare season to rest. It was a season of special teams gaffs and fumbles and injuries. With the loss, the Chiefs clinched the AFC West Title and will make the playoffs. The Chargers no longer have an opportunity to make the playoffs this season. It is especially frustrating when the Chargers are in the top 5 in both offense and defense, but could not overcome their mistakes.

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  • Chiefs’ Fan

    So…does Norv keep his job after this? You guys have started out slowly every year, and it seems it finally was too much to come back from, largely due to the resurgence of the rest of the AFC West (Broncos obviously excluded).

    For what it’s worth, I’m thanking our lucky stars that we don’t have to play you guys again out of a wild card spot in the playoffs, and I think the rest of the league feels the same way. You guys are a scary team on any given day.

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      does norv keep his job after this…. probably. as much as a lot of the fans would love to see him go, he will probably be here next season. AJ Smith deserves a lot of the blame for this season, we need to make sure we get our players in camp and ready to play.

      thanks for the respect.. we were very inconsistent this year and played terrible on the road. I watched a few of the Chiefs games recently, and you guys definitely are impressive and deserve the title.

      next season we will meet again

      • Chiefs’ Fan

        Yeah, I’m definitely interested to see who ends up paying the price in San Diego. You guys have a winning season, but I’m sure missing the playoffs is WAY below expectations. Someone from SI.com had a tweet earlier that talked about the decline under Norv: 2 playoff wins, then 1 playoff win, then 0 wins, and now missing altogether. Someone’s gotta be held accountable, and I think it ain’t just special teams.

        As for the rematch, I’m looking forward to it. :)

        • Autumn Wind

          Like I said earlier this season Norv is no HC. A good OC, but has failed everytime he’s at the helm. People like him because he IS a nice guy and owners/GMs like hime because he is ‘yes man.’

      • Matt

        too bad about the chargers, they really were a good team, and you are one of the Charger fans that is respectful but:

        ONCE MORE, THE CHIEFS RULE THE WEST!!

        • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

          Thanks Matt.. i appreciate that. i will have to wait till next year now and see what happens in the offseason.

          @Autumn Wind.. i hear you on norval… kills me as a head coach, and it just feels like we are going to be stuck with him next year as well. as much as the fans cry about it, nothing will change

  • Wood

    Never should have fired Marty. Should have paid V-Jax the $ he deserves.

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      i would love to have vjax… but this team is far from the marty team though.

  • ColoradoChief

    San Diego Dave… Where are you??? Where is your BIG mouth?? Where is all your smack talk and swagger??
    You’re a Punk.

  • http://chargerdynasty.blogspot.com/ ChargerDynasty

    29 degrees, it was just too cold to play.

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      too cold to play… but one team WAS playing and it was not our team. As much as we like to use the excuse of the cold weather, im tired of hearing about it.

      its football and the guys need to get up to play

      • Chiefs’ Fan

        Did someone posting on a football blog just try to say that 29 degrees is too cold to play? I’m absolutely speechless.

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  • ScottyByNature

    How sweet it is. Consider yourselves dethroned by the Kansas City Chiefs. Its never to late to convert over to the good side. Start at Arrowhead Addict. Go CHIEFS in the playoffs!
    P.S. I just got my playoff tickets last nite

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      i will pass on the offer… :)

      we will just wait till next season and I am sure that the Chargers will reload and come back firing!

      good luck in the playoffs and dont freeze your tail off in the snow