December 20, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton (11) fumbles the ball after being tackled by San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Ryan Carrethers (92) during overtime at Levi
I don’t think I believe what I just saw! What in the world just happened! The San Diego Chargers were dead! DEAD!!!! At the half, the Chargers were down 28-7 and the team looked deflated. The defense could not stop the run worth a lick. Frank Gore had over 100 yards rushing in the game before the half. The 49ers were averaging over 10 yards per carry.
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Philip Rivers didn’t look right. The ball was sailing and there was no velocity on his throws. He was getting picked off all over the place. He finished the game with 3 interceptions, 2 of those interceptions were in the first half.
Did I mention DEAD?
Then the half came and things flipped around. The defense showed up in the second half (except for one HUGE run play by Colin Kaepernick). The defense was able to lock it down and forced a pair of turnovers. They scored a touchdown off of a strip sack. They also forced the huge fumble in overtime. The defense forced 3 fumbles in the game and was able to come up with all the loose balls.
How in the world did the Chargers pull this one out? Let’s look at the drives in the second half.