Sunday, January 2, 2011

Chargers survive in Denver, Wrap up Disappointing Season

The Chargers jumped out to a 33-14 lead in Denver, only to watch Tim Tebow and the Broncos make a comeback.  After desperate passes were batted away, the Chargers escaped with a 33-28 over Denver, to put the finishing touch on an underwhelming season.

The Chargers got their first glimpse of Tim Tebow, and wasn't very impressive with his arm, but looked great with his legs.  He also nearly brought Denver back, overcoming a 19 point deficit.  He hit Brandon Lloyd on a 14 yard touchdown strike, to give Denver an early lead.  He also ran for a touchdown.  For the day he finished 16-36, for 205 yards, with 2 TD's and 2 INT's.  He also 94 yards on the ground, including a 30 yard scamper that led to a touchdown.

The Chargers got the equalizing score on the legs of Ryan Mathews.  He scored from 27 yards out, his first of  on the day.  Mathews had a career day, in his final game in a lackluster rookie season.  Mathews had career-high totals with 26 carries, for 120 yards, and 3 touchdowns.  He showed the explosiveness and agility that Charger fans have waiting to see.  However, fumbles continue to be a problem with Mathews, as he put it on the ground twice.  Luckily, the Chargers recovered both times.

The Chargers took the Mathews score, and 3 Nate Kaeding field goals into the locker room, and led 16-7 at the half.

Philip Rivers also got the Chargers moving through the air.  Despite not throwing for a touchdown, Rivers threw for over 300 yards, completing passes to 10 different receivers, including an amazing one-handed grab by Malcolm Floyd.  Legedu Naanee paced the passing game, with 4 catches for 79 yards.

After the Chargers built a 33-14 lead early in the 4th quarter, the Chargers reverted to their self-destructive ways, allowing Cassius Vaughn to score on a 97 yard kick return.  It was the 4th kick return for a touchdown the Chargers have allowed this season.

After Tim Tebow scored on a 6 yard score, the Broncos had a pulse with 27 seconds left.

In yet another special teams gaffe, the Chargers allowed Denver to recover an onside kick, but Tebow's desperation heaves came up short, and the Chargers win their final game of the season.

The Chargers wrap up a disappointing season, and their future looks rather uncertain.  In the next coming days, I will have an offseason preview, and what the Chargers can do to get back on the path for a Super Bowl.  Norv isn't the only problem, folks!

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