Chargers light up the Chiefs

Actually, KC made it very easy for them turning the ball over 4x which led to easy scores by the Bolts.  The Chargers put up another dominating performance against a division rival to win 43-14 and and a lock up a 5-1 record in AFC West games.  For the 4th straight year, the Bolts have finished 5-1 in AFC West division contests.

The day started off with an emotional tribute to the 50 greatest all-time Chargers being introduced on the field before the game.

There were 11 players from the 2009 roster including: Philip Rivers, LT, Antonio Gates, Kris Dielman, Nick Hardwick, Jamal Williams, Shawne Merriman, Quentin Jammer, Darren Sproles, Mike Scifres and Kassim Osgood.

Seeing players from early Charger teams get introduced before the game wearing their original team jerseys was awesome.  Every player was received with applause and genuine respect for what they’ve done for the franchise.   Some of the loudest cheers came for Dan Fouts, Natrone Means, John Hadl, Stan Humphries, Don Coryell, Chuck Muncie, Lance Alworth, John Jefferson, Wes Chandler, Charlie Joiner, Kellen Winslow, Ed White, Leslie O’Neal, Billy Ray Smith and Rolf Benirschke.

The Chargers put together a 20-30 second video clip showing highlights from each player on the jumbotron before each introduction.  It was an incredible experience and I’m glad we were able to be there to cheer for the greatest Chargers of the last 50 years.

John Carney, Junior Seau and Rodney Harrison did not attend the ceremony.

Back to KC’s asswomping.

The game started out pretty tight on both sides with the Chargers finally putting up a TD, Rivers to Gates on a 19 yard pass with a little over 4 mins to go in the 1st quarter.  KC answered with an 11yd pass to former Charger Chris Chambers to tie the game with 10 mins to go in the 2nd quarter.  The Bolts answered quickly with a sick 53 yd catch by Malcom Floyd on the 1 yard line that LT punched in on the next play to make it 14-7 Bolts.

The Chargers scored again on an 8 play drive after a Jamaal Charles fumble by KC on a 15 yard pass from Rivers to Gates making it 21-7.  Then 20 seconds later Matt Cassel fumbles the ball which pops right to Paul Oliver who rumbles down field 40 yards for another TD.  28-7 at the half and another KC blowout was was in the works.

Philip Rivers went 21/28 for 317 yards and two TD passes. LT had 13 rushes for 39 yards and two TDs.  LT passed Marcus Allen on the NFL all-time rushing leaders and is now sitting in 10th.  LT needs 56 yards to pass Jim Brown who is 8th on the all time list.  Antonio Gates had 7 catches for 188 yards and two TDs.  These three showed why they belong on the list of 50 greatest all time San Diego Chargers.

Nate Kaeding booted a 55 yard FG for his 2nd longest career FG.  Last year he had a 57 yarder against TB.

The defense came up big forcing 4 turnovers.

The wife and I are traveling to Cleveland this week to visit her family and attend the Chargers / Browns game this Sunday.  Hopefully, we’ll see LT pass Jim Brown on the all-time rushers list on the way to another dominating win.

Total Domination

The Chargers crush the Broncos in Denver 32-3 for their 5th win in a row and now sit atop the AFC West with a 7-3 record and a 1 game lead over the Donkeys.

Denver started the season hot winning their first 6 games under rookie HC McD and have now dropped 4 games in a row.  This team looked beat in the 1st half of this game with the Bolts in total command from the get go. Chris Simms was ineffective on Denver’s 1st three drives and a desperate McD hit the panic button turning to a hobbled Kyle Orton midway through the 2nd quarter.  Orton was hurting and it showed.

In addition to holding Denver to only 3 pts, the defense caused two fumbles, got three sacks and Cro got his 3rd INT of the season.

Rivers did what Rivers does completing 17 of 22 passes for 145 yards and a TD.  LT had 20 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown.

This was a HUGE win putting us in control of the AFC West title.  We’re through the toughest part of our schedule and now have a bunch of cupcakes lined up to close out the season.  The only game that worries me is Cincy but they lost today in Oakland so maybe I shouldn’t be too concerned about them.  This team could finish out the year 12-4.

We host KC at the Q next Sunday.  The Chargers Block Party in Gaslamp, Friday November 27th.

More NFC East Ownage

After a 4th quarter comeback win against the NY Giants last week, the Bolts KO the Eagles in San Diego 31-23.

Eagles vs. Chargers

The Chargers scored two TD’s in the 1st half including a 3 yard run by LT and a 20 yard TD pass from Rivers to Mike Tolbert.  Meanwhile, our defense held the Eagles to 6 points in the first half  stopping them on a drive 1st and a yard to go at the goal line forcing an Akers FG.  The Bolts D came up big stopping the Eagles 3x with 1st and goal to go inside the 10 yard line today.

The Bolts added two more TD’s in the 3rd quarter including a 20 yard run from TD and a 20 yard catch in the back of the end zone to a wide open Legadu Naanee.

But, the Eagles didn’t go down easy.  Akers put up 2 more FG’s in the 2nd  half and Donovan McNabb threw two TD passes in the 4th quarter to get them within 5 points (28-23).  Kaeding added another FG and Cromartie caught a game ending INT in San Diego’s end zone to close it out.

Amazingly, McNabb threw for 450 yards.  But stalling near the goal line 3x is ultimately what cost them the game.

Thank you San Diego Charger goal line defense!

We went into this game knowing the Redskins had KO’d the Broncos.  This was a huge win for SD.  The team came out aggressive on offense and by the end of the 3rd quarter had a 28-9 lead.

There was a pretty big turnout of Eagle fans in SD.  I would say probably the biggest for an opposing team so far this year.  They weren’t unruly at all and although disappointed, seemed to handle the loss pretty well.

The 6-3 Chargers travel to Denver (6-3) next week to battle for sole possession of the AFC West lead.

Lights Out Giants !

What a game.  What a frustrating incredibly awesome game.

In the end, Philip Rivers went all PHILIP RIVERRRS connecting with Vincent Fucking Jackson for the game winning TD to steal a win in NY 21-20.

The Chargers D put Emily Manning on his ass 5 times including two sacks by Shawne Merriman. Merriman is looking like the Shawne Merriman of old the past few games.

The offense still sputtered at times including Philip throwing an INT with 3:30 to go in the 4th quarter.  This looked like a back breaker for the Chargers.  But, the defense came up big stopping the Giants on 3rd and goal at the 9 to force a FG keeping the Bolts within one score.

Rivers did his magic driving the Chargers downfield for the go ahead TD in 1:36 leaving the Giants with 15 secs on the clock to find their own miracle.

gg Giants

Next up, we host the Eagles next Sunday at 1:15pm PST.

Bolts own the Raiders for the 13th straight time

Some of the Charger players have never seen a loss to the Raiders.  For the 6th year in a row we sweep the season series.  Although, this one was closer than it should’ve been.  There are a lot of good things to take away from this  game but before i get into that let me just say that Raider fans are the most delusional bunch of any team.  They still come out to the Q in masses and for what?  To see their team get pounced again and again.  All their fans can say is “show us a ring”.  I say show us a win.  The Raiders are a terrible team and I don’t see them getting better for years to come.

They may lose another 13 in a row to the Chargers. There’s a real good reason why this is the only home game of the year that beer sales are shutdown at the start of the 3rd quarter and you can only purchase one beer at a time.  The Raiders and their fans blow.

The Chargers came out and made a statement to start the game with a 53 yard bomb to Malcom Floyd then a six yard TD run from LT taking a direct snap in the Wildcat offense.  Two plays and a touchdown.

CHA-CHING !

The Bolts went on to score two more TD’s in the 1st half, a catch in the end zone by a wide open Vincent Jackson and another LT touchdown run from 10 yards out.  LT only had 18 carries for 56 yards but two of those carries were HUGE.  This offense is not going to be dependent on LT as much as they have in the past.  They’re pass offense is just too strong with so many targets for Rivers to throw the ball to.

Our defense had 5 sacks including two each for Merriman and Phillips.  The LB crew did their jobs today putting enough pressure on Jamarcus forcing him to make mistakes.  Cromartie got his first INT of the season.  FINALLY!  Dude where have you been?  Welcome back Cro !

Giving Malcom Floyd the start over Chris Chambers was a great move.  Floyd had two catches for 64 yards including the bomb from Rivers on the 1st play for the Chargers.  Chambers made a HUGE 20 yard catch on 3rd and 10 in the 4th quarter to extend a drive which led to a Nate Kaeding FG putting the Chargers ahead by 8 points again.

The Raiders and Jamarcus Russell were left with a little over 4 mins to play requiring a minor miracle to tie the game.  The Bolts held strong and shut down the Raiders on their final drive.

The Bolts are now 4-3 and two games back of the AFC West leading Broncos with Denver getting their asses handed to them by the Ravens in Baltimore 30-7.

The Chargers travel to NY next Sunday to play the Giants who have lost their last three games.  There couldn’t be a better time to mix it up with the G-men.