Another heartbreaking loss: Chargers fall short of upset

Philip Rivers had to throw off his back foot because of heavy pressure and the pass was intercepted as time expired. That ended the final comeback attempt from the Chargers and the winning streak was snapped at three games as they fell 21-13 to the Patriots.

It was one of the sloppiest games the Chargers have played in recent years, as they completely self-destructed due to a few crucial penalties, horrible special teams play, and some incompetent coaching decisions.

Coach Anthony Lynn's decision to attempt a 51 yard field goal instead of going for it on fourth and a half yard on the opening possession set the tone for the rest of the game as the Chargers were completely out-coached the rest of the way.

It was just one of those days for the Chargers as they couldn't catch any breaks. Two touchdowns were called back because of offensive penalties and Travis Benjamin ran backwards into the endzone on a punt return for a safety.

Melvin Gordon had a huge 87 yard touchdown run early in the game but was mostly bottled up after that. Rivers threw some beautiful balls but the Chargers ultimately didn't possess the ball enough to score points. The Patriots completely dominated the flow of the game, running 79 plays compared to 51 for the Chargers.

The Chargers let an opportunity to steal a critical road game slip through their fingers and are now 3-5. They head into the bye in week nine and will return to action in week ten with a road date in Jacksonville.


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