Chargers Lose In Divisional Round To The Jets 17-14

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!

January 17, 2010

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Anonymous said... Jan 17, 2010, 5:55:00 PM

hahahaha F$*@K da Dolts!!! Raider Nation Baby! Raiders Rings= 3 Dolts Rings= 0!!!! Stay classy San Diego hahaha

Anonymous said... Jan 17, 2010, 6:13:00 PM

Haha go Broncos. Denver will regain West supremicy and advance unlike these Chargers who can't capitalize on their 5 West titles.

Anonymous said... Jan 17, 2010, 6:51:00 PM

Chargers lost how I was afraid they would. Too many mistakes, no sense of urgency on offensive side. Defense played well, but chargers needed to be 2-3 scores up to take jets running attack out of the game. Oh yeah, penalties and being outkicked didn't help either.

Norv Turner also made some big mistakes. The on side kick was huge - Jets wouldn't have gone for it on 4th and 1 if they were on their own 35, and the chargers would have gotten the ball back with a minute or so remaining, all else being equal.

Also, a smaller error - why not call the last TO before the two minute warning with 2:07 left on the clock, then let the jets run the ball on 2nd down, reaching the 2:00 warning? There would have been 5 more secs on the clock. Why are coaches so dumb about that?

Anonymous said... Jan 17, 2010, 7:22:00 PM


Anonymous said... Jan 17, 2010, 7:45:00 PM

Chargers and Cowboys would make a meaningful 'Puke Bowl.' Forget the lousy 'Pro Bowl' that will not feature players on the Super Bowl roster.
If the 'Puke Bowl' goes to OT then give each side 11 MMA glove sets and get down with punches, arm bars, kicks, bites, spitting, and guillotines. Yeah, even if one guy is too strong for another, tag team him. The winner will be determined by the local Blood Drive Association and Visiting Nurses Association; the more pints spilled by one team equals the winner.

Anonymous said... Jan 17, 2010, 8:05:00 PM

Back to the drawing board! So long LT, Merriman, Coach Rivera and perhaps some of the was nice knowing you. LT, we will see you again come HOF time.

If AJ has some cajones he would not renew Norv, but a word of caution........DO IT NOW and find someone who is going to light a fire long before the draft comes around.

The thing is......unless the Bolts bring home the trophy, these nice seasons we're having don't mean a damn thing. Like Keading, the team has been wide right for four years now. I don't know about all of you in blog land, but I don't have another forty years to wait around for San Diego's time to materialize.

Anonymous said... Jan 17, 2010, 8:32:00 PM

i love the Chargers and it kills me that a kicker.... of all things .....keeps them out of the playoffs. What in the hell are kickers playing football for anyway?????

Anonymous said... Jan 17, 2010, 9:11:00 PM

Ouch! Ow!! Ohhh, ah, Eeeeuwee; Yuck!! This is bad. Now the Chargers are a 13-4 team, but a *rebuilding* 13-4 team. So many people and players pivotal to their seasons of regular-season success are now firmly set to board a one-way outbound bus, and now we're VICTIMS of a 13-3 regular season record. Oy!!! Formerly awesome players like Jamal Williams, L.T., Shawne Merriman, and David Binn and Sproles are almost all certainly never to be seen here again, and many others of our best and brightest are more "on the bubble" than most of us would like to believe. Hell, the head coach can't even be secure now and the owner probably wants to move the team anyway. This is the typical recipe for long-term franchise disaster. Now nothing is safe, nothing is sacred, and nothing feels like it is secure or building toward a better future. Very depressing. It wasn't supposed to end like this..., the players deserved better; and yet they couldn't keep their composure or poise when it counted, even at home, and amazingly..., ESPECIALLY so from our supposed "veterans". Incredible, and there can be no doubt that they deserved to lose this game today, beat on football merit alone. This was the most devastating loss for the Chargers in decades, and tonight I'm sitting here seriously wondering if I'll live long enough to see this franchise (even if from another city) ever get to another Super Bowl, much less WIN it. That was the exalted dream of my late father to see, and now it looks like his youngest son won't live long enough either. Oy. Nor is it likely Alex Spanos will either. Such a sad day.
Bolts, you will need to collect another roster of equally qualified players as soon as possible, and hopefully next time they will know how at compose themselves as adult men and stay focused for the full 60 minutes each game. BTW, flag kicking and head butting should result in a fine and the removal of the offending body part used in the execution of the foul). Oh my beloved Chargers..., you can never live this one down, and the stench of your stupidity in todays game will likely stain the lightening bolt logo for years to come. How could you?!?
For sometime in the probably distant future..., Go Bolts.

Anonymous said... Jan 17, 2010, 10:20:00 PM

No Risk taking on Offense. Very conservative 3 to 5 yard plays. No sparks and emotion. No creativity or trickery. The chargers under Shotty and Norv revert to hugely conservative play calling each year in the playoffs. I took at nap during the first half, the game was so boring compared to the other 3 playoff games this weekend.

Anonymous said... Jan 17, 2010, 10:25:00 PM

I went, I saw and the entire teams performance stinks! Yes our Nate Keading missed 3 field goals, but the game was over before it started. The fact that Rivers never had control of the offense from the start. (delay of game, timeout and a bad snap)
The play calling from Norv was the worst! The Jets had LT's number, 1 yard per carry doesn't make a running game. Norv forgot how he got to the playoff's!
AJ, you are not commented to winning a Superbowl, if you are build us that team. 4 AFC West titles in means nothing if you cannot deliver the AFC Championship. It is sad to see so much talent do so little. Better to be an 8 & 8 regular season and go the distance than 13 -3 and not make it past the divisional finals.
Marty, I hope you are laughing ..... I hope Norv is looking for a job.

Anonymous said... Jan 17, 2010, 10:59:00 PM

Hmm... a 14-2 season under Marty, conservative playcalling, losing in the first round, coach shuffling issues = fired. A 13-3 season under Norv, conservative playcalling, losing in the first round = ????

Anonymous said... Jan 17, 2010, 11:02:00 PM

Anybody else still hanging on to the idea that Cromartie will develop into an elite cornerback? He looks afraid to touch, let alone tackle anyone; time to get someone willing to be physical.

john said... Jan 17, 2010, 11:05:00 PM

key highlights:

Revis INT --> amazing

Greens's TD: ran over Eric Weddle; crom was scared to tackle him; and nice little TD celebration.

Sanchez: TD throw to Keller--> a nice bullet

defense: wow, leonard played lights out. blitz package confused rivers. receivers were worried about hits after the catch, so they took eyes off ball.

coaching: going for it on 4th and 1 to finish the game was a game saving/clinching decision that stamped how much better the JETS were.

Anonymous said... Jan 18, 2010, 6:02:00 AM

..............Do you hear that? That is the sound of Indy collectively sighing in relief.

Anonymous said... Jan 18, 2010, 7:36:00 AM

This will be the second time in under a decade that the chargers will probably fire a coach who had twice as many wins as losses. There is something rotten at the core of the organization. The dang chargers and the g-dang cowboys have incredible win/loss records over the last decade, yet feel the need to overhaul a team that has one or two pieces missing to be complete.

FACT: chargers won 11 in a row until yesterday
FACT: rivers, although seemingly emotionally unstable, looks like a winner to me
FACT: hall of fame running back/tight end

I don't think it wise to dismantle and rebuild a team that lost to the top ranked defense in the playoffs. It happens.

Anonymous said... Jan 18, 2010, 8:56:00 AM

OMG...all season we would pass on 1st and 2nd down at least 50% of the this game..EVERY TIME!? Duh, why and how hard was that to coach against? We had limited success with slants to TE, but used ut rarely? No Wildcat/Bullfrog plays? Why didn't we utilize the "unknowns" our fine up and coming core of rookie WR and TE? That way the focus on Jackson (who still aced 111 years) and Gates would leave others open i.e. Wilson for the touchdown..Duh! An onside kick ...what the #$%^&, no way, poor call..stupid idea. Nate has won many games for us, he choked big time, it happens but the offense should have been up and down the field instead of going backwards for penalty after penalty. The "D", they placed very well, ok 1 got away from them...Cromarte (nice lack of tackling), but really the Jets were very easy to predict so no hard to defend at least scheme wise. Norv, well I give him a 50/50 chance of a contract...he did build up the Team, get us to the playoffs, taught Rivers how to lead, and keep the Team on an even keel...But owners of Teams pay for results, and the Bolts have more talent and weapons than just about any Team in the why can't they get it done? We need a power coach (you see them commentate on the pregame is time unfortunately to again rock the boat...we also need a little more help on Defense, our rankings are poor and the Offense has to carry them. It was a great season with the oh so familier ending....I feel for the Team but as a group...they weren't there to participate. 2010, yeah I'll be there again pulling for them but my blood pressure can't take this ride many more times!

Anonymous said... Jan 18, 2010, 9:21:00 AM

It's not so much a question of dismantling the team so much as it is acknowledging the decay of it. Football careers are perishable items, and making a championship team is metaphorically like trying to put on an award-winning multi-course gourmet meal. A.J. has to choose top quality "ingredients", then Norv and his staff have to prepare them expertly (so as to compliment each other), and then also make sure that each "item" arrives at the table/game at the peak of it's respective top qualities. Any break in that chain can ruin the whole experience/game and the chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
The average NFL career lasts only a little less than 4 years, and it is a number worth remembering because it is difficult for teams to maintain top levels of performance much longer than that, and only a rare few do.
But besides any general numbers or metaphors that I might offer, there is only one word to describe what happened to the Chargers yesterday in Mission Valley, and that word is TRAGIC. You serious Boltheads out there might remember years ago when it was reported that a new A.J. Smith sat down next to a young, emerging LaDainian Tomlinson, clearly upset after "another" Chargers loss, and *promised* the emerging star that his great efforts wouldn't be "in vain" here. He lied, and worse yet L.T.'s team mates lied to him as well.
Football is "only a game" and any meal is "only eating", but at the apex of any human endeavor, there is a serious human cost. Today, my heart aches for an entire "generation" of Charger players, the franchise itself, and its entire history; not to mention this city and its dreams.
All overstated? Perhaps, but I don't really think so.
This is so, so very sad.

Anonymous said... Jan 18, 2010, 10:07:00 AM

I fell in love with the Chargers in 1979. I'm also a Dodger and Laker fan and I've lived in N. Cal my whole life. All the Championships I've seen has come from the Dodgers and Lakers. Not once have the Chargers givin me anthing to be proud of as far as Superbowl rings. When we went to the SB and got killed by the SF I had to hear it from those stupid fans from that time to even now. This loss has made me hate football. I love the city of San Diego it is the best in California by far but their sports teams for what ever reason seems cursed. I'm really mad right now but and the way I feel is that I want to wash my hands of the Chargers and if LA ever gets a team that will be my new team. I just can't handle a another heart breaking season. 30 years of abuse is enough. I don't know maybe come April I will have changed my mind also depends if they stay in SD and if the ownership even trys to keep Meriaman Sprols and gets rid of Norv and makes a run at Cowher as head coach. Raider fans Al Davis is going to live to be 200 yrs old your screwed for the next lol and bronco fans all your wives can suck my juice fruit!

riversCHOKES said... Jan 18, 2010, 10:38:00 AM

rivers is so over rated. He cannot play the big game. Giants made such a smart move getting eli instead of rivers.

arnie said... Jan 18, 2010, 11:13:00 AM

hey, you are what you are. i'm a firm believer that there is a pattern to success. and on the flip side, a pattern to the bolts current situation. i will say this once more and never again. upoun Norv's hiring it was said we couldn't win with former coach (Marty)in the playoffs. that He (Marty) couldn't get us where we wanted to go. so it was presented form AJ, the Norv was the answer. well? i'm still waiting form my lombardi trophy. and it looks like i'll be waiting til' next year as well.

i don't know what the answer is, and apperantly niether does AJ or Norv. but i can tell you it's not running LT or Sproles "up the middle" on 3&8 for no gain.

peace out

Anonymous said... Jan 18, 2010, 11:50:00 AM

Another season squandered. Charges will not get anywhere with Turner as the coach. LT is done, Sproles can't play every down RB and Rivers still needs time to mature. The bad part about this is that the Chargers had this year to really make a run at this. Denver although choked just as bad as the Charges did prove a lot with a rookie coach. Kansas City showed signs of life towards the end of the season in which I took positives out of it and of course the Raiders finally figured out that Russell is a bust so with a experienced QB(which I expect them to aquire during the break)they will be much better. Look for next year to be a real battle in the AFC West

Anonymous said... Jan 18, 2010, 12:41:00 PM

Rivers has proven once again he's no Eli or Ben. Win a big game before all the chatter Phil.

Anonymous said... Jan 18, 2010, 12:46:00 PM

JET FANS can You say 1969. It all ends next week

Anonymous said... Jan 18, 2010, 12:48:00 PM

Thank god we got Eli! SD chokes again!

Anonymous said... Jan 18, 2010, 12:50:00 PM

Here's a great picture someone took when leaving the game yesterday that sum's it all up...

Anonymous said... Jan 18, 2010, 2:06:00 PM

Unacceptable and pathetic. I'll bet their two weeks off were spent going to clubs and partying. Kaeding is a headcase, Cromartie can't tackle, Norv got conservative on offense, LD (yes, LD) can't run, suicidal penalties. It is funny, though, to read smack from raiderfan. Chargers have beat you 13 straight times. Shut up, your team is a horrible mess, accept reality. I have: we need a coach with the temperment of General Patton. (Wiki it, raiderfan...)

Anonymous said... Jan 18, 2010, 2:57:00 PM

Lay it all on the steps of Norv, AJ Smith and Spanos. Norv is a poor coach. He does not instill any discipline on his team. Again and again, he makes poor judgements...Run LT up the middle again!?!?, Onside kick with so much time still on the clock!?!?!? Anyone remember we could have had Rex Ryan instead of Norv?? AJ does not have the confidence to work with bright, energetic, emotional, strong willed coaches. Spanos only cares about the bottom line. Time to get rid of Cromartie, Kading, Merriman, Cooper. Need to slap Jackson upside the head and tell him to grow up. Time for all of us to stand up and say, "I'm mad as h*ll and I'm not going to take it anymore!!!"

Anonymous said... Jan 18, 2010, 4:33:00 PM

So much pain in Bolt-Land...the real deal, LT deserved and deserves a ring, we need his leadership and the threat other Teams feel he brings..hope he comes to us 1 more time. Rivers, deal with it, he is that good the stats say so and I thought he matured well this year as a leader. No antics of harassing the other team players, no attitude, he will be a great QB for us for some time. Really we better think hard about a coach change...we may lose our defense coach to the Bills (interviewing for head coach), that's ok, we barely improved in only a few area of "D" and the Jets just took us to school on how important a strong "D" is in winning when it counts. So, get us the best damn defense brain out there and make some things happen. Norv, well too conservative, stupid play calls in the big game..come on run-run-pass. Oh no first down,,,,,next oh run....ah no first down. re-watch the game (if your dare), I could have game planned against that!!! I will give Norv credit for the season, he did a lot given the forever changing players lined up...he delivered yet another AFC West pennant....but it never fails that the big games we are ill prepared and unmotivated. I give him a 50/50 chance of coming back either way this is going to be a long wait. And Nate, well he choked, it got in his head,,,that time he choked in the playoffs and we lost so long ago to.....uhhh the Jets. It was in his head...he is a winner the stats say so...he has one way more for us than lost. He will return and he will make it up to us sometime in the future. Jackson and one even heard of them...look for next year to be even more a threat. Sproles...come on he is a one of a kind, so LT needs to be a Charger for too many reasons...we need his replacement to learn next year under him so he can take the lead, Gates...well the best ever will continue to be the same...some key injured players will return the O-Line was awesome despite the revolving door...look at the stats to verify, so they can only get better. The Defense...well Phillips turned into a great LB, Meriman will be back as a force...corners well Jammer...dominated & Cromarte-go away unless you learn this a sport where you tackle. Give me a real Defense coach, a real head coach with some fire (can you say hey Bill Cower want a talented bunch of guys to win with?), and a few good trades and yeap...I will be there again, I will have forgotten the pain and embarrassment of this game, the mouthing off of friends whose Teams were AT HOME WATCHING! And the Jets....come on, the Colts will take them to school, it will be ugly for them and I will enjoy the revenge....because what else do I have??? Thanks Bolts for a great season and more of the same in the playoffs.... as we always say in SD, just wait until next year...we will be ?????

Anonymous said... Jan 18, 2010, 5:15:00 PM

The Chargers are a great team in the regular season and when they are the underdog but when they're the favorite in a game with some pressure on it. Even though they're playing 5th seeded rookie QB/coach at home, THEY CHOKE! That's just who this team is, which is why they need to rebuild. I'd rather have a team with a few more regular season losses and comes thru in the clutch than a team that does well with no pressure but chokes hard when push comes to shove.

Anonymous said... Jan 18, 2010, 7:28:00 PM

Yesterday was indeed the darkest of dark days for our Bolts, a game that will live in infamy. But please remember this all you Charger fans: Friends don't let friend type drunk.

Anonymous said... Jan 19, 2010, 8:59:00 AM

Every Charger fan that paid for playoff tickets should be given a refund. I did not get what I paid for, that for sure!

Anonymous said... Jan 19, 2010, 9:00:00 AM

Norv, 3 more seasons? Really? Proof positive that the AFC worst is tat bad!

Anonymous said... Jan 19, 2010, 1:51:00 PM

Regarding, "Anybody else still hanging on to the idea that Cromartie will develop into an elite cornerback?" - Jan. 17 - 11:02 p.m.

Ah…, N-O. It would take a white cane with a red tip to make that call. Cromartie is, without a doubt, a hugely disappointing bust. No doubt he is a physically gifted athlete, but there's no heart in his Tin Man or brain in his Scarecrow. What we're left with is a cowardly lion who is clearly committed to staying in Kansas. Otherwise, Cro’ can only vaguely guess if Dorothy was the name of one of the skanks he bedded during his Baby Daddy World Tour, before his tire tossing/photo-op days. Rest assured folks, the only time Cromartie will hit anything hard is when it has hair around it, and the only thing he wants to use his shoulders for are as m‘lady’s ankle rests.
“CrimeTime” had a Wonderlic score of 12, is listed as “Worst tackler in NFL history” on his Wikipedia page, and yet makes $2,500,000 a season. America…, what a country.

kyle said... Jan 19, 2010, 2:39:00 PM


Anonymous said... Jan 21, 2010, 10:41:00 PM

Yo Boltheads, considering that Cromartie makes $2,500,000 a season (not counting pre-season games, bonuses from play-off games, or the recycling deposit on his wayward champagne bottles), remember that means he's paid over $5,000 PER MINUTE while he's out on the field over 16 regular season games! Just let that settle in a minute...
And while his interception rate has dropped from 10 in 2007 to 3 in 2009
(-70%), and his tackle count dropped -25% in comparison of those years also, it's Cro’s very fairy approach to tackling that has football fans everywhere holding their collective noses.
When considering Cro going into his final contract year here, remember that at his current wage his powder-puff, tire-toss girlie “tackles” paid him $75,750 EACH this last season!
No doubt he believes he deserves a raise, and I can hardly wait to see what contrived photo-op press release he will manufacture to show his “seriousness, and determination” for next year’s camp? Perhaps in the heat of summer, shirtless, hot and sweaty, he’ll carry his “bride” Kevin Acee across the threshold of every room of the Hotel del Coronado as the paparazzi and his agent tag along? Hilarious.

Anonymous said... Jan 23, 2010, 10:49:00 AM

Where's all the SD bigmouths that told me that the Chargers had NOTHING to worry about with the Jets ???? Answer : in a weeping hole with Bengal fans....Thanks SD...Sorry about the tears..." Rivers " of tears..haha.

Anonymous said... Jan 23, 2010, 10:49:00 AM

We'll be back next year. Jets won this game but they won't win the Super Bowl. They wont even get past the Colts

Anonymous said... Jan 23, 2010, 10:49:00 AM

Next year is wearing thin, 4 years of "years of kissing your sister" is old. Maybe next year we won't have Norv, and maybe we will have young hungry players?

Anonymous said... Jan 23, 2010, 10:49:00 AM

As hard as this loss is to accept, I am looking at the whole season collectively and now see the same glaring issues that this team has, and will have until they are fixed. 1- Lack of a running game that can't produce more than 2 yards a carry at best. This is due to a running back that fails to hit the holes in time, and/or an O line that doesn't create enough puss at the line of scrimage. I think it's a combination of both; not to mention, the lack of creativity in those running plays doesn't help. 2. The D line got muscled by the Jets running attack at the snap. If you watch tape the Jets pushed the D back a yard or so back before the running backs came to the line. This has been exposed each and every game for the entire season and still hasn't been fixed. the Jets with the #1 running game played this perfectly. Getting Jamal back and a draft prospect may help plug the holes. 3. Nate Kaeding has to find a new home. This won't happen because he's one of A.J.'d boys, but it need to. He lets the pressure get into his head in a position where you can't. He probably was getting flash backs of 2005 when he played the Jets the first time in the playoffs. This psychological disability wont be fixed next year. We will have to endure it until the front office has had enough. It doesn't matter how accurate he is in the regular season. when he's in the clutch he fails to come through. If you look at the season streak that he had this year none of them where game winners. A stat that needs to be looked up is how many pressure situational kicks has he made compared to missed, and send that to A.J. 4. Improve the pass rush either by letting Rivera change to the 4-3 that he's used to, or find other players besides the Shawn's. Make all of the excuses you want about injuries, the fact of the matter is that their sack and tackle totals between them are not at NFL levels. Fix these four issues (In my book) and you will have a super bowl caliber team. (you noticed that I didn't say Super Bowl team. We may never see that)

Anonymous said... Jan 27, 2010, 2:52:00 AM

I am a huge San Diego fan and after watching that game I know that the Chargers had to have been paid off!! they could have easily blown out the Jets. They beat far better teams this season and all players were at great health. Nate Kaeding never misses.and to miss three........ C'mon MAN!!!!!!!!! Something doesnt seem right.

Anonymous said... Jan 28, 2010, 6:15:00 PM

like the person who has been a fan since 1979, i have been a fan since 1980. it broke my heart, but i have finally given up. this lost was the worst. there is no words to explain what happen . the only word i can think of is choke.

Anonymous said... Jan 28, 2010, 6:28:00 PM

no one, not a coach or player got in someone face and let them know we can't lose this game . the team legacy was on the line. instead, they play the worst game of their lives. like i said before, i am done. this team should have won at least 2 super bowls , going on 3 this year. i which them the best but i can't do it anymore.

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