Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) reacts in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers 17 - Broncos 24: Chargers Season Comes to an End


The San Diego Chargers did not look good on offense in the game. At least not until the final quarter of the game. With Ryan Mathews a non-factor in the game because of an injury, the Chargers offense could not get going for the first 3 quarters of the game.

The defense was able to keep the team around and forced turnovers in the game, but the offense could not make plays until it was too late.

Keenan Allen had a big game, but he wasn’t involved until the final quarter of the game. He still put up big numbers in the game and scored a pair of touchdowns. It just was a little too late.

The defense made some big plays, but they were on the field for a long time and were unable to stop the Broncos on third down. There were multiple times where the Chargers were  drawn offsides. The defense was unable to get a stop on 3rd and 17 in the final quarter in order to give the offense one more opportunity. A dropped interception in the first quarter could have flipped things around also.

It was a fun run while it lasted, but we just came up short in the end. Time to look toward next season.

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  • Luke Aaron

    Had a good season. Congrats, from a chiefs fan

    • arnie

      Thanks. Let’s do it again next year.

    • FitzWilly

      tx mang

  • FitzWilly

    r u sure it wasn’t 24-17
    or was i watching a different game lol
    because that has happened before :)

    • vct

      the before game hand shakes…hmmmm….

  • arnie

    Now that’s over, the “experts” finally got it right. LOL
    At the end of the day, I’m proud of my team. The team that gave me some trash to talk. The same team that had “NO CHANCE” of finishing above .500, much less make it to the divisional round of the playoffs.
    On top of that, they still held Peyton to under 30 points for the third time.
    Congratulations Bolts. Come on home.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Great season. We shouldn’t be disappointed, at least from the point of view that we had before the season started, or heck, even midway through it. I can’t tell you how good it felt when we went on that awesome winning streak and proved all the “experts” wrong when we won each time, and then got into the freaking playoffs. It’s heartbreaking, but so is every other playoff loss in the postseason.

      I agree with you Arnie. We have reason for pride, and if I can tell you one thing, it’s that we’re going to have much more reason for it in the future. Thank you San Diego Super Chargers. BOLTUP!!!

  • Eli Rodriguez

    I really wish we would have won this game but they broncos played well. If the chargers offense would have played the whole game like they did the 4th quarter it would have been a different game. I’m still DAM proud of my team. Now we get to look forward to draft season. I feel like TT is going to some good things with this team. Bolt up

  • tubbs45

    Proud to wear the blue and gold. Lots of Free agents, an OC, and the draft to address… Love the fact that they at least fought in the 4th. We need a legit power back, cause without Mathews we look like a totally different offense.

    • Gunnar Martin

      My hope is that we draft one in the late rounds. Especially since Brown will be gone, we’ll need a new back that can handle a decent amount of carries a game and have effectiveness. With that said, I’d still love to see us ride Mathews all the way next year. He’s proved his worth.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Looks like we’ll be picking 25th. One above Cincinnati, two above KC. I like that :) And not a bad jump from 11, I’ll say.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Funny how we can’t do without Mathews. Who knew?

      • Sergio Quintero

        It was blatantly arrogant to maintain the same gameplan without him. The running game took the leap in large part because of Mathews, and to expect Woodhead and Brown to take over like nothing had happened was unreasonable.

        Clearly the broncos were stacking the line, there is a difference between commitment to the run and balance. The chargers clearly crossed the line into being a stubborn this who we are, and it doesn’t matter how many people you put in the box we will run the ball team, please be smarter in the future, you have a franchise QB, the play action pass was there to be taken, its okay to be smarter and not always be tougher than your opponent.

  • vct

    when does free agent start?

    • Stefanie Smith

      The first half of March.

  • Blue&gold_blood

    The conservative / offensive play calls for the first 3 qts lost us this game …. Oh well. Next year we will just be that better.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Well… look at it this way.. Whisenhunt is out, so let’s go out and get an aggressive OC = )

  • Cgoodness13

    Good season, we shoulda all have our chins up. Let’s get some new DBs and make some changes to the D coaches and we are Super Bowl bound

  • vct

    I don’t mind hiring hue jackson for oc tbh.

    • Gunnar Martin

      I think we’ll probably stick with Frank Reich. He seems to have a knack for awesome comebacks, so I guess I’d be all for that. I just hope that he doesn’t follow Whiz’s ways and goes all conservative/stubborn on us.

      • FitzWilly

        count me in for “The Third Reich” as OC
        that way we barely skip a beat and keep moving forward :)

        • vct

          LOL, I see what you did there. One thing I don’t understand is why MM stuck with Whiz’s conservative calls going in the third quarter when it is frankly not working out for us. I’m looking forward to hearing his explanation on this. Check out the contracts for our guys here http://www.rotoworld.com/teams/rosters/nfl/sd/san-diego-chargers. AJ really screwed us in terms of paying some older guys big money…Clary and JJ going into 2014.

    • bolt up!

      Oc for bengals already after gruden left

  • Sergio Quintero

    The chargers fell in love with the concept of their game plan too much, the running game didn’t work without Mathews, and change of philosophy came way to late, and they seemed for 3 quarters a team that played not to lose, a lesson to be learned for the future. Trust your franchise QB to get you a lead, then run the ball.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Way too Norv-like. A little ironic, considering it was a playoff game.

      • Stefanie Smith

        Way too Norv-like = No thought put into it… just slap something together and put it out there. Thanks, Ken.

        • Sergio Quintero

          What a dud of a goodbye gameplan Whisenhunt put together, after being down 14, I was expecting a high speed no huddle to chuck it up the field, they were still slamming Woodhead up the middle of the line.

          Hopefully Reich or whoever takes over is quicker with adjustments, and knows when its to put it pedal to the medal, and has a better idea and how to call plays in the red zone.

          • Stefanie Smith

            Personally, although it may not have been conscious on his part, I truly believe Whisenhunt wanted it over with. He couldn’t help but be distracted and spent a good portion of the week taking interviews, thinking about interviews and his new job. I truly believe his scheme reflected a lack of preparation, lack of planning and a certain amount of self-sabotage..so that the season could be finished. I hope he doesn’t come back but that Frank Reich stays.

          • bolt up!

            I think your right, reich would be an excellent offensive coordinator

        • vct

          His mind was crowded with interview outcome during the game. I can imagine Norv grinning out there like the Grinch.

      • Sergio Quintero

        I have never believed in running the ball after you’re down by 14, in particular if it’s not working. You run the ball with the lead and at one score level.

        You have a franchise QB let him be that, they played with a sense of urgency offensively only in the 4th quarter, just not enough time to pull out this game.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Hopefully, we can settle down on this o-coordinator spot. Every year, we can’t have a new scheme, new lingo etc. I would rather have Coach McCoy calling the plays or somebody already on staff than have to go out and find somebody new each season. Rivers and the rest of the guys on the team can’t have the new guy coming in wanting to reinvent the wheel each year.

  • Stefanie Smith

    I am real proud of what the Chargers did. On the other hand, I am so tired of hearing, “We’ll get ‘em next year.” Soon, it has to happen. Eric Weddle looked like he was going to cry. Same for Rivers. Weddle talked funny about being proud to be a part of this team, like it was past tense. Man, I hope he is not up for a new contract or going to be an FA this year. Plus, TT better get Danny Woodhead re-signed. I think that guy only got a 1 year deal and WAY underpaid..

    • Gunnar Martin

      TT signed him to a 2 year deal. I think I’d let him play out his contract and re-sign him based off his production of next year. It’s possible that he drops off. Then again, it’s possible that he gets even better with another year of exposure to our system. Anyone’s guess.

  • vct

    wow pr got teary near the end of his post game interview

    • Stefanie Smith

      So did Weddle. They are bummin.

  • Thomas Lloyd

    Look guys, if Te’o stays healthy the bolts shut down Manning’s short throws and win this game

  • Brett M

    The staff knew Ryan’s status better than anyone- also status of our O line yet we use the same game plan as before. Denver was ready for us to be that predictable. Predictable/unsuccessful offense = defense that can’t get off the field.
    When asked if interviews will distract at all I heard “the gameplan is already set.” Well, not much thought got put into this one
    This is why coaches like Belicheck are successful in the post-season. He comes out doing things nobody expected him to do. I won’t mind when Norv Whisenhunt makes his way somewhere else

  • blu3ny3llow

    Now let make Frank Reich the OC when Whiz leaves!!!!….Go Boltz

  • bolt up!

    My buddy had a point today he said it was rigged because if you think about it, its new school and old school you the best and older qbs brady vs manning, then you have young and upcoming stars wilson vs kapernick, then obviously itll be new school vs old school in super bowl, makes sense? More stories and way bigger news makes sense? Idk that’s what my buddy thinks, what do you guys think?

    • Stefanie Smith

      I would say you are being silly, but I can’t. I was watching NFL Network on Saturday night and Deion did his top five… They were already reporting that the “Patriots travel to Denver to play the Broncos”. They kept it up and finally came on and said people from San Diego called and complained and they didn’t mean to report it was a done deal but that if Denver won, the Pats would play in Denver.

      The video was also plastered on the NFL.com site and they were reporting that NE goes to Denver before we even played the game. These goofs read this stuff off of cue cards, so somebody wrote that up for them.

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