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Chargers drop 6th straight, lose 13-16 in OT

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by ChargerRay, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. ChargerRay

    ChargerRay Producer/Host of BoltTalk Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Source: Associated Press

    SAN DIEGO (AP)—Tebow Time had just seconds to spare in overtime before the Denver Broncos beat the staggering San Diego Chargers.

    Matt Prater kicked a 37-yard field goal with 29 seconds left in overtime to lift Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos to a 16-13 victory Sunday over the Chargers, who’ve lost six straight games for the first time in 10 years.

    The Broncos narrowly avoided the first NFL tie since Cincinnati and Philadelphia ended deadlocked at 13 on Nov. 16, 2008.

    Tebow, now 5-1 as the Broncos’ starter, led Denver from its 43 after San Diego’s Nick Novak was wide right on a 53-yard field goal attempt with 2:31 left in overtime. Novak made a 53-yarder in the first quarter, a career-best, and was wide right on a 48-yard try early in the fourth quarter.

    Tebow had a 12-yard gain and Willis McGahee ran 24 yards up the middle to set up Prater’s winning kick, which was right down the middle.

    Tebow, the talk of the NFL because he runs the read option and often struggles while passing, carried 22 times for 67 yards—the most carries by a quarterback in a game since at 1950, according to STATS LLC. He also threw for one touchdown and finished with a better rating than Philip Rivers, 95.4 to 77.1. Rivers was pressured all day by Elvis Dumervil, who had two sacks, and rookie Von Miller, who had one.

    The Broncos (6-5) won their fourth straight game and remained in second place in the AFC West. The Chargers (4-7) are on their longest streak since ending 2001 with nine straight defeats and are last in the division, three games behind Oakland with five to play.

    Tebow’s first start was also an overtime win, 18-15 at Miami on Oct. 23.

    Tebow got a final chance to try to win it in regulation after the Broncos forced the Chargers to punt. Starting on his own 26, Tebow kept the drive going with a 39-yard completion to Eric Decker—which the Chargers unsuccessfully challenged—and a 23-yarder to Dante Rosario. The Broncos had to settle for Prater’s 24-yard field goal that tied it at 13 with 1:34 to go.

    Referee Jeff Triplette confused the crowd and TV viewers by saying each team would get a possession in OT. He then corrected himself, saying it would be sudden-death.

    The Broncos won it on their third possession in OT.

    McGahee ran 23 times for 117 yards. A week after having a critical fumble in a loss at Chicago, San Diego’s Ryan Mathews ran 22 times for 137 yards.

    Rivers was 19 of 36 for 188 yards. Tebow was 9 of 18 for 143 yards.

    The Chargers took a 10-0 lead midway through the second quarter when Rivers hit Antonio Gates on a 6-yard scoring pass in the back of the end zone to cap a 15-play, 91-yard drive. On San Diego’s first drive, Novak kicked a career-best 53-yard field goal.

    The Broncos forced a Chargers punt and started a drive with 1:27 left before halftime at the San Diego 46. Tebow threw a 20-yard pass to Daniel Fells, who fumbled near a swarm of defenders. Somehow, Denver tackle Orlando Franklin recovered at the 24. After a 1-yard gain by Tebow and a penalty against cornerback Quentin Jammer, Decker slipped behind the coverage and Tebow hit him for an 18-yard TD to pull to 10-7.

    The Chargers had to settle for Novak’s 25-yard field goal early in the third quarter. Denver had a long drive later in the quarter before Prater kicked a 41-yard field goal to pull to 13-10.
     

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  2. Drunk

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    guys i feel sorry for the newer fans. you know, the ones who jumped on board during the rivers era who thought it would be easy to ride the wave of charger championship. little did they know the price of being a charger fan. hahahaha
     
  3. Buck Melanoma

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    Mathews had a good game. Congrats to him & big freaking whoop. Did it win it for us?

    No - but some big mean fat guys on either line just might have made the difference.
     
  4. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    This game was lemon juice in an open wound. The Chargers could not manage a cohesive game all season long, they looked like they couldnt manage any consistency last night with our WRs alligator arming the passes, the OL playing down to the expectations of the patchwork unit and the Corners still not being able to cover. Blow the muther up and hope for something next season. Thanks Chargers, you put in the right proper BAH-F'in-HUMBUG mood!
     
  5. Navybolt

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    The good thing about dropping the sixth game in a row is that we should be one game closer to dumping Nervous Norv. The bad thing is that Spanos will likely retain King A.J. who will obviously hire another broken down retread coach like Marty and Norv because his personality demands a "Yes Man" instead of a competent aggressive coach.

    Some of you think Marty Ball was a good way to play a game. Let me remind you folks; Marty never won a post season game with any team he coached.

    Norv was handed arguably the most talented team in football. Norv and A.J. have reduced that team to the likes of the Ryan Leaf era.

    Watching New Orleans last night shows what can done with a team that has a competent general manager and a coach with talent backed up by a large set of calunas.

    On that sad note: Does anyone recognize the guy who was wearing #9 in gold and black last night? I swear he played for another team before he joined the Saints and won the Superbowl. I must be wrong, what general manager would be stupid enough to get rid of a QB like #9? I guess that just might be the same GM that dumped Darren Sproles who ran up and down the field last night and the same guy who got rid of Michael Turner on whose back the Falcons are winning. So much for football genius; or is that stupidity?.

    I just hope that whoever they have hiring the caoch doesn't wait until the last minute to do the hiring, after all the decent coaches are snapped off and all that is left are the likes of Nervous Norv....

    The Chargers are not only lousy, they have become damn boring to watch!
     

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