Every single thing the San Diego Chargers and their fans could have possibly hoped for went the way they wanted prior to kickoff on Sunday. And then the Bolts actually had to play.
Though they tried to give every fan anxiously watching their televisions a heart attack for nearly five quarters of action – seriously, my heart rate was through the roof for the entirety of the final quarter and overtime (it shaved a year or two off of my life) – somehow the resilient Bolts found a way. From the 10-point fourth quarter comeback to the fake punt conversion that was a turnover but then ruled down, this game truly had it all.
San Diego never held the lead until a clutch drive in overtime, but Philip Rivers found a way to make magic happen. Some clutch conversions via the diminutive Danny Woodhead were absolutely vital to the Bolts punching their ticket to the postseason. This type of resilience has been a hallmark of the team throughout head coach Mike McCoy’s first season at the helm, but taking things down to the wire in this manner with the stakes at their highest was unprecedented to say the least.
Ryan Mathews’ involvement offensively proved to be huge for an offense that really needed a spark all afternoon. Thankfully the team utilized the run-heavy game plan that I lobbied for heading into the contest to pull them through in the end.
In addition to Mathews and Woodhead, clearly Keenan Allen remains one of the best assets this team has seen in quite some time. The rookie just continues to make clutch grabs and provide Rivers with a much-needed reliable pair of hands in pressure-packed situations.
The Chargers made things much more difficult than they needed to be against the B team for the Chiefs on Sunday, but a win is a win. This team just seems to find ways to win close contests this season as opposed to losing them in the manner they did under the previous reign of Norv Turner. Coach McCoy is really proving to be a wise investment, and there’s no doubt these Chargers are primed to make some noise next weekend on the road against Andy Dalton and the inconsistent Cincinnati Bengals.