After dropping a heartbreaking 18-17 loss on the road in the season opener at Arizona, the Bolts would reel off five straight victories, including a win over the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
On Sunday in Kansas City the Chargers were simply outplayed by a Chiefs team that was also playing for its playoff life. With their 19-7 win and season sweep of the Bolts, Kansas City eliminated the Chargers and claimed second place in the AFC West outright. That is probably little relief, however, as the Chiefs will also be in for a long off-season.
Those are just the games with playoff implications as to which teams get in etc., while several other games will determine final playoff seeds and first-round byes.
In what was all but a must-win game for the Bolts Saturday evening in Santa Clara, Rivers willed the Chargers to a wild 38-35 come-from-behind win over the San Francisco 49ers, keeping San Diego (9-6) alive in the AFC playoff hunt.
With two games left in the regular season, the Bolts find themselves at 8-6, with road dates left in San Francisco (7-7) and Kansas City (8-6). In essence, the Chargers must win both games and get some help along the way, i.e. Pittsburgh (9-5) and Baltimore (9-5) stumbling.
With back-to-back losses to the two top teams in the conference, the Chargers (8-6) now are essentially in must-win mode over the final two weekends of the season, which still does not guarantee San Diego a playoff spot when all is said and done.
Two teams only separated by a game in the AFC standings, the Patriots and Chargers, have different agendas when the two square off in front of a national audience on NBC.
Going into the contest, the Chargers and Ravens were tied in the hunt for an AFC wild card spot at 7-4. With the win, San Diego moves to 8-4 and firmly holds down one of two wild card spots with four games remaining in the regular season. Going into the contest, the Chargers and Ravens were tied in the hunt for an AFC wild card spot at 7-4. With the win, San Diego moves to 8-4 and firmly holds down one of two wild card spots with four games remaining in the regular season.
After putting away a gritty Oakland Raider team last Sunday at home (won 13-6), the Chargers get another challenge this weekend from a team that used to call Los Angeles home back in the day.
It is a thought that most Bolt fans care not to think about or even address. Safe to say that Chargers’ players and management feel the same way.