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The Giant Collapse

April 8, 2013

Philip Rivers was gift-wrapped a 24-0 lead. Deep down watching as a fan, you just knew it was too good to be true, no way this would last. If you thought that, you were right. Interceptions, fumbles, sacks, miscues led to a giant collapse and the broncos came back to beat the chargers 35-24. Oh yeah, having Peyton Manning doesn’t hurt either. It seemed like before Manning could even get settled in he was already down 10-0. Unlike the last prime time game verse the Falcons he had nothing to do with the deficit. Denver had 2 fumbles on special teams that allowed the Chargers to take over deep in Bronco’s territory that helped them jump out to the 10-0 lead. When Manning did get his shot, he took full advantage. Manning fired a 55 yard bomb to Eric Decker what seemed to be a sure fire touchdown, but wait, the turf monster made a huge tackle, and Decker hit the deck. On the ensuing play, Manning looked to audible to the young wide out Matt Willis, Willis didn’t recognize the hot read and Quentin Jammer raced 80 yards the other way for a 17-0 Chargers lead.

The Chargers got the ball back and drove down the field and took a commanding 24-0 lead heading into halftime. Coming out to start the 2nd half, Manning wasted no time as the Broncos drove 85 yards in 8 plays in just under 4 minutes. An impressive drive as he hooked up with Georgia Tech alum Demaryius Thomas for a 29 yard score. Later on in the quarter, Rivers was sacked and fumbled after a huge hit by Von Miller, as Tony Carter scooped and scored for 65 yards. Uh oh, you could hear a pin drop in Qualacom Stadium. The doubts started to surface, and you could just feel it in the air that this was going to be “one of those nights.” 2 interceptions later after some poor forced throws by Philip Rivers and the Broncos are up 28-24. As the game comes down to its final moments, the Chargers have one last chance to make a come back. That last chance was shot down almost as quick as it started as Rivers threw his 4th interception for a touchdown, 46 yards for Chris Harris. The giant collapse probably cost the Chargers a shot at the AFC West title and in the end could cause a huge turnover at the end of the season for management. Many thought Norv Turner wouldn’t make it to this season, but with sub-par performances this year, it’s not looking good for the Chargers coach. They have played the 3rd easiest schedule in the NFL and have only managed a 3-3 record.

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