The San Diego Chargers entered the AFC Divisional Round as the underdog and they were one score away to pull the upset.
The Denver Broncos built an early lead as the Chargers couldn’t do anything on offense, and even though Philip Rivers and company woke up in the fourth quarter, it was too late and Denver came up with a 24-17 win that puts them in the AFC Championship Game where they will battle against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
It was the result that most expected, but the Chargers could’ve done something else, as it was shown by their performance in the last 15 minutes of action. San Diego scored all their 17 points in the fourth quarter and if their offense would’ve worked earlier in the game, the result could’ve been an entirely different one. The Chargers opted to run the football early in the game and the strategy didn’t work through the first three quarters, as the team only 76 total yards.
Against all odds and when most experts were already counting them out, San Diego turned things around in the fourth quarter where they totaled 191 yards and two touchdowns from rookie wideout Keenan Allen, who can be a legit candidate to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Rivers had more time to throw and as a result, the Chargers looked better as the game advanced, but they didn’t have enough left in the tank to complete the comeback.
Despite the loss, the Chargers need to be happy with all the strides they made this season. The team has several pieces to build around and they fought hard against the best offense in the NFL. If San Diego’s offense would’ve woken up a little bit earlier, the game could’ve ended with another outcome.