Three And Out: December 28, 2009

The 2009 NFL season is quickly coming to a close, but the Chargers aren't done just yet. We move away from Week 16 and approach the final game of the regular season this Sunday, with the Chargers full of momentum as they head into the playoffs.


While the Indianapolis Colts and the San Diego Chargers have secured the first and second seeds in the AFC, respectively, the third and fourth seeds are still undecided. Pretty amazing considering we are in the final week of regular season play. With seven teams vying for two playoff spots in the AFC, Week 17 should be a very interesting weekend of football.

To the best of my understanding, it appears as if the Chargers would face the team who emerges from the AFC Wild Card round with the highest number of wins. Who that team would be exactly is still yet to be determined, but with the way the Chargers are playing, I'm confident they'll get to the AFC Championship game with relative ease.


I read more than one article on ESPN that suggests the Chargers will claim the top spot in their power rankings, as they currently hold the longest active streak of wins. Are the Chargers finally getting their due?


» San Diego's 10-game winning streak is tied for second longest in franchise history.

» LaDainian Tomlinson had his 36th career game with at least two rushing touchdowns, tying Emmitt Smith for most all-time. Tomlinson's 138 rushing touchdowns this decade surpassed Smith's mark of 136 as the most in a single decade.

» Phillip Rivers is 18-0 in his career in December as the Chargers' starting quarterback.

December 28, 2009

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Anonymous said... Dec 28, 2009, 9:57:00 PM

"I'm confident they'll get to the AFC Championship game with relative ease."

Relative to what?? The Chargers' own playoff history? Their record in September? You have a fine blog going here so please, keep these silly pronouncements under your seat cushion. The rest of us SD fans are happy with flying under the radar and allowing the other bandwagoners to spout nonsense.

Anonymous said... Dec 28, 2009, 10:38:00 PM

I think we have alot to prove and I'm hoping we start out with New England at San Diego. What a football game that is going to be, We need to prove we belong in this rode to the Super Bowl and a victory over the Patriots would really set us up emotionally and psychologically for either a showdown with Indy or maybe even another home game against the Ravens or even Pittsburg if they make it. Can you imagine more fireworks than this possible matchups for San Diego. The Chargers if they bring there A game could make it happen. I think the playoff's are in the hands of 3 people....Rivers, the entire defense playing as 1, and Norv. I'm going to go out on a limb and say of Turner creates offensive play's that give Rivers a chance, I think we can win out these games. It will not be easy and I would expect World War 111 type of hitting out there but San Diego definitely has a chance. One last point. Norv to my AMAZEMENT has been very createive in his play calling. He is going to have to come up with offense at it's highest level to defeat the great defenses he will encounter. It is going to be a major challenge to say the least. Go San Diego, you've got a chance.

Rob Zepeda said... Dec 28, 2009, 11:06:00 PM

@Anonymous: Relative to the "ease" any NFL victory can be won with.

I appreciate the kind words. Not sure if you have watched the NFL this year, but the Chargers are clearly one of, if not the best teams in the AFC. Notice that I didn't say they'd win the AFC Championship game, nor did I say they'd easily win the Super Bowl. But I still remain confident they can beat any 8-8 team they meet in the playoffs - don't you agree?

Matthew said... Dec 29, 2009, 4:20:00 AM

I see both points, sorta. relative, as in even if it's a hard fought, very tough game with a close score, they are still doing what they do.

But that's the other point. It will likely not be easy in any way. Somewhere between both of your statements there is truth. The ease to me is the whole scene of Philip Rivers to Gates, Jackson, and Floyd all day. The ease was when I knew at the end of the Cincy game, while there were non-charger fans sitting next to me and doubting my words which were: "Watch, Philip is gonna drive it down for at the very least a field goal. This game will never see overtime, its over now. Watch."

He makes it look so easy...

Anonymous said... Dec 29, 2009, 10:39:00 AM

C'mon folks, "ease" is a relative term, and "relative ease" is about as cautious as a hopeful fan's remark could be. So using it will not "doom" our Chargers, or be bulletin board material for our opponents. Everybody understands that the level of competition is tougher in the playoffs; it's supposed to be, it's the entire reason for the playoff systems ability to justify an eventual "winner" - the best of the best.
It's true our Bolts have their "weaker links" on the team, and no one (except, perhaps, the Colts) will forfeit the game just because our Chargers show up; so that's why they play the game. Statistics mean nothing, records in previous years mean nothing; its a "LIVE" CONTEST. You show up, do your best in the time allowed, and check the score at the end! As we all know, luck counts, bad calls count, good (and bad) bounces count, weather counts, skill counts, and yet "total unknowns" can turn any game one way or the other. Don't fret, ENJOY!!
The Chargers RULE! Go BOLTS!!!

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