3. 2014 Week 1: San Diego Chargers 17, Arizona Cardinals 18
The reason why this is titled the calm before the storm on the previous slide is that after this the Chargers went on to have the best September win of the entire decade. Week 1 was a massive disappointment for the team and they managed to completely flip that around the following week.
This game was still tough to watch, though. The Chargers had a really tough opening schedule and had to start the season against two straight playoff teams. If the Bolts would have won both games, which they absolutely could have, they not only would have proven they were playoff-worthy but actually would have made the playoffs.
Instead, the Chargers blew a lead much like the mentioned loss to the Titans and put up a big ol’ goose egg in the fourth and final frame. After heading into halftime with a 3-6 deficit, the Chargers scored two unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter to go up 17-6. The Chargers had the momentum, this game was theirs.
Instead, the Cardinals scored two uncontested touchdowns in the fourth quarter, missing the two-point conversion each time, to move the game to 18-17. Oh, and right before that second touchdown the Chargers were in field goal range, Rivers was sacked, fumbled and lost 14 yards to force themselves out of field goal range.
The Chargers got the ball back with ample time to go down the field and kick a field goal and the drive started on a really positive note with Rivers completing two passes for a combined 20 yards on the first two plays of the drive.
However, on second and two, the Chargers had three straight incompletions to turn the ball over on downs and lose the game.