The Chargers trailed by 22 points in the second half before making it a one score game. Another defensive stand gave the offense the ball back with a chance to tie it up, pending a two point conversion.
They were unable to do so, resulting in the 28-20 loss that dropped their record to 4-5. However, as the team left the field, some fans screamed down to them that it was a moral victory being that they were able to come back and make it a close game against the now 8-1 Denver Broncos.
The San Diego Chargers were a far cry from satisfied with that frame of mind.
“I don’t pay any attention to any of that,” said Philip Rivers. “We play to win the game. We expect to win, and when we don’t that’s not good enough.”
True to Rivers statement, in the end, all the team cares about is winning.
The defense held the most potent offense in the league to a season-low 28 points.
Not good enough.
The Bolts dominated time of possession 38:03 to 21:57.
Still not good enough.
The Chargers have greater goals than winning in-game battles. In their mind, despite being in the midst of a two-game losing streak, they believe when they execute the way they are capable of, they have the ability to beat anyone.
“We have higher expectations than just being in the game or making it close,” said D.J. Fluker. “I believe in my heart that when all 11 guys are playing together, we can’t be beat. We have shown that, but not enough. We didn’t do it enough today. We have to play that way all four quarters, 15 minutes each, and when we do that, good things will happen.”
Whether it’s a rookie like Fluker or a nine-year vet like Ronnie Brown, Sunday’s game reinforced to the Chargers that they can’t simply play well in spurts. They need to bring it for a full 60 minutes.
“The enthusiasm that we played with in the second half, we have to maintain that in the first half,” said Brown. “We have to do it for a whole game, and I think that’s the key. At this level, consistency is the key. We all know what we’re capable of when we play the way that we can, but we have to do that over the course of 60 minutes. We’ve shown what we’re capable of when we play the way we did in the second half. But it’s not enough to do it in spurts or good enough to make it close, we have to do it all game and we have to finish the job.”
That not only applies to the offense, but to the defense as well.
“It was unacceptable the way we spotted them 21 points in the first half,” said Shareece Wright. “It’s hard enough playing them toe-to-toe, but coming from behind with our backs against the wall makes it that much harder. We did a good job in the second half, but there are no moral victories in the NFL, just victories. We have to start fast and we have to finish. Was it a close game? Yeah. But that doesn’t matter. Again, like I said, there are no moral victories in the NFL, so we have to do a better job.”