November 23, 2009 |
For all of Sunday's surprises -- Oakland stunning Cincinnati, Kansas City shocking Pittsburgh, Detroit and Cleveland in a 75-point shootout -- there was one development NFL fans could see coming a mile away: The slow-motion collapse of the Denver Broncos. Just like last season, the San Diego Chargers delivered the roundhouse that sent Denver to the canvas, this time claiming the outright lead in the AFC West with a 32-3 thumping at Invesco Field. Denver might have looked virtually invincible last month when it got off to a 6-0 start and built a 3 1/2 -game division lead, capped with a win at San Diego.
January 11, 2009 |
The temperature is expected to be in the mid-20s for today's divisional playoff game at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field. For the San Diego Chargers, however, the forecast calls for hot, hot, hot. Hot read after hot read, that is. Those are the adjustments a quarterback makes at the line of scrimmage when he gets a look at the defense. He sees an opportunity, designates the "hot" receiver, and hits him with a short pass or screen to neutralize a blitz.
December 31, 2008 |
When Marty Schottenheimer walks into a room, you know you're in the presence of a football coach. When Norv Turner walks into a room, you ask him whether he's finished doing your taxes. When Schottenheimer's 2006 San Diego Chargers stormed into the playoffs with a 14-2 record, you wondered how they could possibly be one and done.
December 29, 2008 |
The pass is complete -- inexplicably, unbelievably, surrealistically complete. The San Diego Chargers have passed the Denver Broncos for good. Written off weeks ago as an NFL also-ran, the Chargers rewrote a bit of league history Sunday by becoming the first NFL team to make the playoffs by overcoming a three-game deficit in the last three weeks of the season.
October 12, 2008 |
SAN DIEGO -- The rematch is here. But is the thrill gone? What looked before the NFL season to be a circle-the-date shootout between 2007 AFC finalists -- the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers -- now bears a closer resemblance to a showdown of the shoulda-beens. The Patriots, although they've lost only one game, have yet to prove they still belong among the league's elite teams.
September 22, 2008 |
SAN DIEGO -- Their heads still spinning from consecutive fourth-quarter flurries by Carolina and Denver, the San Diego Chargers tonight play host to a quarterback whose comebacks are the stuff of legend. That laser-armed Lazarus is New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre, who has a 5-0 record in his career against the Chargers, with all of those belt notches coming when he was playing for Green Bay. If there's a comeback-minded team in this game, though, it's the Chargers.