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Undefeated Indy up next for disappointed Chargers

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/chargers/20051212-1804-fbn-chargerslose.html" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>

    <img src="http://bolttalk.com/images/chargersvcolts01.jpg" alt="Antonio Gates with a Stiff Arm" />

    By Bernie Wilson

    SAN DIEGO – The Chargers were still shaking their heads on Monday at the jam they've gotten themselves into.

    In order to make it back to the playoffs, the Chargers need to win their last three games and get help from other teams.

    That's asking quite a lot, because those three games are at undefeated Indianapolis and then Kansas City, with the season finale at home against AFC West-leading Denver.

    The Chargers had no room for error to begin with, then lost a 23-21 shocker to the Miami Dolphins at home on Sunday.

    "It's very difficult, because you think about 'what if,' " said LaDainian Tomlinson, who had just 75 yards and no touchdowns. "It's normal to do that. 'What if' is always creeping up in your head but I think you've got to constantly remind yourself that 'what if' could have been easily 13-0 like the Colts."

    But it's not, and the Chargers' playoff hopes now rest with them going to Indy and doing what no one else has done this year, and that's beat the Colts.

    The Colts are a win away from joining the 1972 Miami Dolphins as the only NFL teams to go 14-0 and are chasing the NFL's second perfect season.

    Colts coach Tony Dungy said Monday that he will play his regulars even though Indianapolis has won its third straight AFC South title and earned a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

    The Chargers (8-5) expect nothing less.

    "I think they want to stay sharp," Tomlinson said. "I think they want to continue to go after this record, so I think we will see their best."

    The Dolphins certainly didn't see the Chargers' best. Several Miami players said they got the feeling the Chargers either underestimated them or were looking past them to the Colts.

    The Chargers denied it, but they did let the Dolphins hang around long enough to steal away the momentum in the third quarter on two touchdown passes from Gus Frerotte to Chris Chambers.

    "I mean, gosh, that one just got away from us," quarterback Drew Brees said. "If you could have told me before the game that we'd run 88 plays and possess the ball for almost 40 minutes, I would have told you we scored a ton of points and blew them out. But the fact is, we only scored 21 points and we didn't win, so we didn't do our job."

    San Diego had three drives of at least 12 plays each, although one ended with Brees' fumble late in the game. Miami started drives inside the San Diego 25-yard line three times, getting 10 points and losing the ball once.

    "We didn't play to the level we're capable of playing," coach Marty Schottenheimer said during his weekly news conference. "Flat? No. And certainly not the product of overlooking the Miami Dolphins.

    "I think it is widely acknowledged in the National Football League that there are no gimme games," Schottenheimer said. "I told you last week Miami has a good defense; it's hard to score points on the Miami Dolphins."

    Tomlinson said losses linger longer than victories. The Chargers could reverse their disappointment, but it would take a history-altering upset.

    "It makes it easier to put it behind you with the challenge we have ahead of us," Tomlinson said.

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