Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers players celebrate after a win against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Charged and Ready for playoffs


Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) prior to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) prior to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers made their statement in week 17 and defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime 27-24 to secure the six seed in the AFC playoffs. Their first hurdle is heading to Cincinnati to take on Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and the Bengals.

Give credit where credit is due, head coach Mike McCoy has done a terrific job improving the Chargers offense while slowing down on the turnovers and careless mistakes being made just a year ago.

Phillip Rivers has returned to his “All-Pro” form and while he and safety Eric Weddle punched their tickets to Hawaii and the Pro Bowl, Rivers plans to bring the high octane rain of offense and look to come out with a win and move on the playoffs. With reliable tight end Antonio Gates and a rising star in rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen (Offensive ROY candidate), and a healthy Ryan Matthews, the San Diego Chargers look to be one of those teams that no one really wants to play.

Though the Chargers struggled to get the win vs the Chiefs yesterday, they made the plays when they counted most. McCoy taking that fake punt gamble without question was the turning point of the entire game.  Some may make the case that a missed penalty (overloaded line) on the missed field goal by Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop … which if called could have given the Chiefs another kick … could have cost the Chargers their spot. BUT in the end, the Chargers won and they are in the tournament.

All that they needed to do is get into the playoffs … for the playoffs are a new season and a new type of animal. Rivers and company is healthy … ready and primed but can they go into Cincinnati and upset the Bengals, that is a question that remains to be seen.

The early start time doesn’t play well into their favor … and the Bengals defense plays so much tougher at home and for some crazy reason, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton thrives at home … kind of a Dr. Jekyll/ Mr. Hyde complex deal when it comes to his play home vs away.  So the Chargers may have to be looking to score point for point and make timely defensive plays to win this one.

Can it be done … YES it can because the Chargers have the tools. Will it be done … that remains to be seen. One thing is for certain, a healthy Rivers, a healthy Matthews and the rest of the Chargers will be charged, primed and ready to make the most of this opportunity … looking to make a playoff run.

Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said it best one year, “Go Chargers Go.”

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  • Lewis Maddox

    How many times have you seen a penalty on the defense for overloading one side on a field goal attempt? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
    Why are there so many new rules in place protecting the offense on a field goal attempt? The injuries have been coming on kickoffs. If we overload one side, how hard is it for the kicking team to shift a blocker for goodness sake?
    I learned from the Jets game in 08 to quit worrying about the aesthetics of a win and just take the win. That whole game I wasn’t mad at Nate for having a nervous breakdown, I was mad at the whole team for not annihilating what I thought was an insanely inferior Jets club. Hell, they changed the rules when we lost to Oakland on the fumblerooskie. In the record books Oakland still got the W.
    We finally got one! Scoreboard!

    • Peter Thompson

      The way I see it… I’ll take this “bad non-call” (if you can call it that) in return for that awful call the refs made on Cam Thomas on the field goal attempt in week one, which essentially gifted the Texans a win, after our D had made an excellent stop. Everyone wants to talk about yesterdays game details… seldom remember how the refs cost us a win in game one.

      • NativeSanDiegan

        My thoughts exactly!!! The league later apologized to us but so what! It was still a loss for us. Ignorant of the details of the overload rule, I noticed our player on the extreme right was actually off the line. Like a slot receiver or flanker (harkening back to my Lance Alworth days with that term), or it could even be argued that he was a db off the line watching for a fake field goal.
        At any rate, Succop did seem affected by it and kicked it over the open right side of the line.
        It was a genius alignment and whoever came up with the idea definitely earned his keep. MM showed his stuff by signing off on the idea.