Chargers fans… SHOW ME YOUR LIGHTNING BOLT!
How does it feel? It’s Friday. Did you denim up? Back it up. Are you hyped because the Chargers finally stopped the bleeding, by beating back the Broncos? Or are you tripping because they did their damnest to come from ahead and choke once again? They didn’t, but they gave it a helluva run didn’t they, dodging and weaving and running for their lives right up until Trevor Siemian’s noodle arm couldn’t get his Hail Mary pass to the end zone.
And the only thing more surprising than the Chargers winning 21-13 was the fact that the Broncos seemed just as hell bent on losing.
Because this thing was playing by the exact script we laid out yesterday. Perfect start by Phil and the offense, a strong performance by the defense against a reeling Broncos offense that didn’t cross midfield on their own until late in the third quarter…
But then, the white-knuckle finish.
Weird things just happen when the Chargers try to win football games. I mean, this one was over when the Bolts got that 4th quarter safety after a holding call in the end zone to push their lead to 21-3… But then the ensuing free kick had a LINEMAN trying to catch the punt — and it went just as you’d expect – bouncing off his chest and into the arms of a Broncos, setting up Denver with a short field and their first touchdown.
It’s telling that maybe the play of the game for the Chargers wasn’t even made by Phil Rivers, Jatavis Brown or Joey Bosa.
It was a hold by Russell Okung, the Broncos left tackle taking a CJ Anderson touchdown off the board and two plays later Demaryius Thomas fumbled the ball back to the Chargers with less than four minutes to go.
The touchdown would’ve pulled the Broncos within 4. And even without it, Charger fan, you know you didn’t feel comfortable until the clock hit zero. And even then you didn’t. You were probably waiting for some official review and for the refs to put time back on the clock.
So good on you, Chargers. And good for Mike McCoy — who might have earned a stay of execution, at least for a few more weeks.