You don’t wish to be a verb. Not like this. But Sunday, the Chargers, positive obtained “Chargered.”
What’s that imply, you ask?
It’s snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in new and ingenious methods. It’s taking pictures your self within the foot whereas knocking wobbly punts off of it. It’s making mind-numbingly pointless penalties. It’s nonetheless being ok to be in place to win — however in some way stumbling.
And the 20-17 additional time loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday was an actual “Chargering.”
“We’ve lost some close games this year. But that’s the first time we’ve lost one like that,” coach Anthony Lynn stated. “To me, that was inexcusable. We had opportunities to win that game on the road. And, we didn’t finish plays. And, we had a couple of guys do some dumb things.”
Leading by three factors with lower than two minutes left, the Chargers managed to intercept the Jaguars twice and nonetheless lose due to a mixture of poor execution, horrible judgment and a few merciless, unhealthy luck.
Jacksonville kicker Josh Lambo, whom the Chargers reduce through the preseason, pushed a game-winning 30-yard area aim over the crossbar in additional time though the kick was partially blocked. Before the kick, officers flagged the Chargers for a uncommon defensive delay of recreation penalty for attempting to attract the Jaguars right into a false begin, and the 5 yards Jacksonville gained gave the successful kick the space it wanted.
The Chargers seemingly had the sport received on two events contained in the two-minute warning as security Tre Boston intercepted Blake Bortles twice with the guests hanging on to a three-point lead.
But after the primary interception, the Chargers instantly took a delay of recreation penalty, beginning a possible game-ending drive by shifting within the flawed route. Then, on the very subsequent play, rookie Austin Ekeler, who had been having a profession day, fumbled when Malik Jackson managed to knock the ball free. The Jaguars appeared to return it for a go-ahead landing, however security Tashaun Gipson was dominated down after a replay evaluate.
But there have been nonetheless 108 seconds left for Chargers ineptitude.
Jacksonville, primed to finish the comeback, moved backward on its subsequent drive due to a 15-yard penalty on Marqise Lee for taunting that got here after the Jaguars thought the Chargers had dedicated a private foul. That authentic flag was picked up — the taunting flag was not.
On third-and-25, Boston picked off Bortles once more on a panicked throw down the sphere, however as an alternative of catching the ball and gaining yardage, Boston celebrated and danced his means out of bounds.
“I thought we had it won,” Boston stated.
They positive didn’t.
The Chargers went three-and-out on the next possession and, as a result of Jacksonville had all three timeouts, the Jaguars had been capable of get the ball again with 58 seconds left.
Lynn stated Boston’s celebration was “one of the dumb things.”
“Instead of advancing the football because they’re still in the game with all three timeouts … I’ve never seen it before,” Lynn stated.
Punter Drew Kaser, who had been having a stable season, punted 3 times within the fourth quarter from Chargers territory, and all had been unhealthy. After a foul closing kick, Jacksonville had the ball close to midfield with a minute left, establishing Lambo’s 34-yard area aim to ship the sport into additional time.
A roughing-the-pbader penalty on Joey Bosa helped make sure the game-tying kick wouldn’t come from the perimeters of Lambo’s vary.
The protection stopped Jacksonville on the ’first possession of additional time, however Philip Rivers’ deep ball to Travis Benjamin was stolen by A.J. Bouye, who returned it 51 yards to the Chargers’ two to arrange the win.
Before the obtrusive errors within the closing minutes and additional time, the Chargers — and notably their protection — had been in management.
Jacksonville, one of many NFL’s finest speeding groups, was fully smothered, forcing Bortles to move 51 occasions. Leonard Fournette, the league’s sixth-leading rusher regardless of not taking part in in two video games, ran for simply 33 yards on 17 carries.
The Jaguars managed only one extra landing after scoring first on a 56-yard run from Corey Grant on a faux punt close to the tip of the primary quarter.
The Chargers took the lead earlier than halftime after Rivers discovered Ekeler for a 28-yard landing move, with the rookie doing a lot of the work by tiptoeing the sideline. Ekeler discovered the tip zone once more within the third quarter on a 22-yard move from Rivers.
But the 2 touchdowns weren’t sufficient, dropping the crew to the again of the pack within the AFC West with six losses.
“We know how big this one was. This was a huge game,” Rivers stated after finishing 21 of 37 for 235 yards. “It actually felt like we had been in management all day, and we had been all the best way right down to the tip. Give them credit score, they discovered a option to win the sport. These are the video games we speak about successful, shut video games, and we discovered one other means at present …
“Crazy. We had the ball twice — underneath two minutes with a lead — and didn’t finish it. That’s the half that hurts probably the most.”