San Diego Chargers 2008 – The Best Win of The Season

Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 10:40 —by Chargers Blogger
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“We never stopped believing,” said Chargers tackle Marcus McNeill. “I think (the Chiefs) thought they had the game won when the clock was low in the fourth quarter. But we knew if we got another chance that we were going to go down there and score.”

With 1:19 left, Rivers hit Malcom Floyd with a 4-yard TD pass. Then his 10-yarder to Vincent Jackson with 36 seconds to go allowed for the Chargers to a 22-21 victory over the stunned Chiefs, who led 21-3 in the third quarter.

After their two-point conversion attempt failed, the Chargers still needed help from the football gods. Helped by a delay-of-game penalty, the Chiefs tried a 50-yard field goal on the final play. Connor Barth, KC’s 9-for-9 kicker before missing a 34-yarder in the first half, was wide left.

“I’m kind of speechless. Don’t know what to say,” Barth said. “There’s no excuse.”

There is no real excuse for losing.  Nobody wants to hear one try to justify failure.  Nobody wants to lose and nobody wants to stop believing in themselves.  The game on Sunday might have saved San Diego’s season, but probably not.  The only thing we learned was that the Chargers are a better team than Kansas City.  They marched into their house, got behind, and then came back because they believed they could.  It was a cliché sports movie, except without predictability. 

 The game was fun because not only did it allow Charger fans to feel like LL Cool J in the Mama Said Knock You Out video, it also opened a welcoming door of hope; even if only slightly.  Sure, the Chargers don’t have complete control anymore, but they did give their fans two gifts: a legitimate reason to watch a Broncos game not involving the San Diego directly after the comeback win and, more importantly, another week of football with meaning.

The Bucs host San Diego next week in Tampa Bay.  There is no real rivalry of note between these two teams, but it doesn’t matter.  The Chargers might be able to finish the season with a 500 record and that is something to believe in.

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