The San Diego Chargers drop a huge playoff game at home to the visiting New York Jets, as they lose a game that wasn't as close as the scoreboard would indicate. Costly penalties, missed opportunities, a slow start, and a lack of rhythm all contributed to heartbreaking Chargers loss.
* Antonio Gates proved once again why he is the best player on the Chargers offense. This guy is so good it's unbelievable. There is no question in my mind we are watching a future Hall of Famer play. Gates' amazing one-handed catch along with his drive sustaining first downs were critical in keeping the Chargers competitive in this game.
* Vincent Jackson showed exactly why he is considered one of the best in the game, as he played with an incredible fire and intensity. 7 catches for 111 yards accounted for more than 30% of the team's total offense. Jackson's toughness and competitiveness is not lost on the fans, and I hope the Chargers' front office does the right thing and re-signs this incredible player.
* The onside kick was a very questionable call; why make that decision when the Jets were struggling to drive the field on offense? I'm not sure the playoffs are the appropriate time to gamble considering the circumstances.
* Malcom Floyd was given opportunities to shine, and he failed to capitalize. I'm a big Floyd fan, but with such a stingy Jets secondary led by Darrell Revis, we were counting on him to make plays. Instead he dropped passes and was called for costly penalties.
* Penalties haunted the Chargers today; whether it was a headbutt, a unsportsmanlike kick of a challenge flag, or a facemask penalty, the San Diego Chargers we supposed to be known for their poise but they broke character today, and it cost them.
* Nate Kaeding missed every field goal he attempted today. We know about his postseason struggles, but why such a juxtapose? Why is it that he is the most accurate kicker during the regular season, but when the Chargers need him to make big kicks at home, he misses badly? It's a very strange situation and I'm not sure it's anything that practice or preparation can fix.
You watched the game, so let us know what your thoughts are in the comments below. All in all, was this a successful season or do you consider this season a failure. What did the Chargers fail to do in this game in order to win? Sound off!
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