Chargers sweep the NFC Least

The Bolts sat their offensive starters for most of the game leaving it up to the Chargers practice squad who took it to the redmen in a come from behind victory 23-20.

Volek was 19-20 for 216 yds including a 50 yard bomb to Malcom Floyd, 1 TD and 1 INT.  Michael Bennett had 100 yards of total offense rushing/receiving.  Buster Davis had 6 catches for 52 yards.

With that win, the Chargers sweep the NFC Least and finish the 2009 regular season with a 13-3 record.

Week 9 / Chargers > Giants 21-20

Week 10 / Chargers > Eagles 31-23

Week 14 / Chargers > Cowboys 20-17

Week 17 / Chargers > Redskins 23-20

Thanks for comin’ out.

The Bolts have a bye week and will play either the Patsies, Bungles or Jets on Sunday January 17th dependent on the outcome of this weekend’s Wild Card playoff games.

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Bolts gift their fans a huge road win and #2 seed

The Chargers annihilated another opponent winning their 10th straight game while locking up the #2 seed in the AFC and a 1st round playoff bye.

This game was never close.  After the Titans put up the 1st points of the game on a FG, San Diego put up 21 unanswered points of their own on their way to a dominating 42-17 win on the road against a team that was fighting for their own playoff spot.

This has got to be the most dominant Charger team heading into the post-season.  After their slow 2-3 start, no team has been able to stop their potent offensive attack.  They just have too many weapons for any team to contend with.  V-Jack covered?  look for Malcom Floyd.  Floyd covered?  get it to Gates.  Gates covered, throw a short screen to Sproles.  You get the idea.

Their defense has not received much credit but they haven’t given up many big plays.  Cromartie and Jammer are taking care of business downfield.  Weddle is a magnet to the football and Shaun Phillips is forcing turnovers while leading the team in sacks.

SD’s Special Teams have also been doing an incredible job.  Is their anyone out there better than Kaeding or Scifres and Osgood is headed to another pro bowl.

Norv Turner and Ron Rivera have turned this team into a dominant force in the NFL.  This is the most complete team I’ve seen from SD.

Our 2010 post-season tickets arrived Christmas Eve.  Anything less than a SB will be a tremendous letdown.

The Chargers do it again!

The Bolts  just keep winning.  With Denver donking their game at home to the Raiders 20-19 and this win over an emotional Cincinnati team, the Chargers capture their 4th straight AFC West Division title.  They’re on the fast track for a 1st round playoff bye and #2 seed in the AFC.

This was a hard fought game ending on a last second winning FG by Nate the Great.

The Chargers travel to Tennessee to play the Titans Christmas night on NFL Network.

The Bolts are en fuego!

You can’t easily tell by the final score of 20-17 but the Chargers dominated Dallas from the get go on all sides of the football.  The Bolts offense made big plays when they needed to and our defense seemed to know what Wade Phillips and Romo were trying to do before each play.  The goal line stance with the Cowboys on the Chargers 1 yard line, 1st and goal shutting down Marion Barber on 4 consecutive runs was awesome.  Another big win for the Bolts who are playing with a lot of confidence after starting the season 2-3.

Me and the missus were in Las Vegas this weekend and kicked it at Lagasse Stadium at the Palazzo Hotel with a gang of internet friends we’ve met over the years.  It’s a pimp place to watch the games. Definitely check it out if you can.

The Broncos and Bengals tanked this weekend giving the Chargers a good shot at locking up the #2 seed if they can beat Cincy this Sunday at Qualcomm.  The last time Cincy traveled west they lost to the lowly Raiders in Oakland.

Things are looking pretty good for the Bolts right now.

Chargers win 7th straight 30-23 vs CLE

The Missus and I were in Cleveland visiting family and  attended Sunday’s game vs the Browns. It was a clear day but 33 degrees with the temp dropping quickly.  Midway thru the 1st quarter it was down to 28 degrees and hit the low 20’s by the end of the game.

BRRRRR…

Cleveland scored a TD on their 1st drive of the game.  Their first TD scoring drive to start a game in their last 34 contests.

The Chargers went on to score 27 straight points.  Cleveland made it interesting scoring 16 points in the 4th quarter but the Bolts were able to claim possession of the ball on their second consecutive onside kick recovered by LT.

Before the game we were well aware of LT”s opportunity to pass Jim Brown with at least 56 yards placing him 8th on the NFL all-time rushing list.

Midway thru the 4th quarter LT did just that with an 11 yard  burst up the middle.  He pounded his heart and pointed to Jim Brown saluting him in his suite.  Jim Brown was waiting in the San Diego locker room after the game to congratulate LT.

Later LT said “I’ve thought a long time about this day. If I was going to pass Jim, I wanted to do it here in Cleveland, and I wanted to talk to him in the locker room after the game.” (reported by AP Writer Tim Withers)

Unless I somehow missed it, there was no mention on the scoreboard about LT passing Jim Brown.  I wasn’t even sure he did until I got back and checked the box score. Still, I’m glad we were there for it. LT finished the day with 64 yards on 20 carries and a TD.

Highlights from the game.

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.