Chargers come close, fall again to Chiefs 10-3

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Pitiful. Gut-wrenching. Embarassing.

The San Diego Chargers’ season has been nothing short of those three words, and on Sunday nothing changed.

The Bolts came close when Philip Rivers found Vincent Brown on fourth-down to get the ball to the 1-yard line, but then they committed the cardinal sin.

The Kansas City Chiefs would take a timeout with just seconds remaining and out of the timeout, the Chargers received a delay of game penalty. 

A rare sites in any football game, let alone a professional one. 

That was followed by two incompletions, a false start penalty and a pass through the hands of Danny Woodhead

Yet another microcosm of the Chargers’ season. 

“It’s tough,” said Rivers via “We had our chances throughout the game (and) just couldn’t find a way to end it. That’s kind of been the deal all year long.”

The Chargers best chance to score a touchdown came early in the fourth quarter when Rivers heaved a long ball to Malcom Floyd, who looked like he was going to score, but the ball deflected off his hands, against his chest and then hit the field. 

The running game, again, was nowhere to be found with Melvin Gordon getting 14 carries for a measly 35 yards. However, the defense has been a bright spot for the Bolts over the past couple weeks, holding their opponents to 27 combined points.

It does not, though, take away from the fact that San Diego has just six points in their last two games and haven’t scored a touchdown against a divisional opponent in their last three games.

To put that in perspective, Khalil Mack has more sacks (7) than the Chargers do points in the last two weeks.

Whether or not injuries, scheme or just the overall lack of talent on the field is to blame, this train wreck season can’t end soon enough.

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Maxim Garshman

Maxim Garshman is a Bay Area native who now calls San Diego home. He has an expert voice on all things NHL and NFL, and currently works as the Chargers beat writer for Sports Out West.


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