That’s the play that ended the season! That was the latest style in which the Chargers decided to lose. Just when we think we have seen it all, they pull a new trick out of their sleeve. Somehow I still find myself in shock with all the new ways we lose.
I remember before the play started whispering over to my friend saying “if we botch this one…” Maybe I should have said ‘WHEN we botch this one’. Everyone else already EXPECTS this crap to happen. I’m sure coaches and players on the sideline expect this to happen. It happens EVERY SINGLE TIME!
First off, THREE defenders whiff on the tackle. Then Eric Weddle gets hit in the back on his tackle attempt. NO FLAG! Then, Ray Rice comes up short of the first down, but the officials were in poor position to see where to spot the football because they expected the tackle to happen 15 yards ago. Of course they gave him first down yardage.
They check the replay and it still shows that he was short of the first down, but they still gave him first down yardage!
Philip Rivers was adamant that he didn’t get the first down:
He didn’t get the first down! They just didn’t have a view to overturn it. He didn’t get it. But when you’re done you can’t help it. Because if you don’t have a view to overturn it, you can’t overturn it.
I don’t think anybody thinks he got it. I don’t think anybody in the stadium thinks he got it. I don’t think Ray Rice thinks he got it. I don’t think anybody on their team thinks they got it. But he got it!
…BUT HE GOT IT!