Here are five lessons we learned from Sunday’s thrilling 33-30 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.1. Lesson Learned, Finishing Strong– All week long the Chargers preached the need to finish following the end of their Week 1 loss. Head Coach Mike McCoy uttered it numerous times.
“Our big thing is you have to have the right mindset in this game. You’ve got to believe and you’ve got to finish. We talked about it last week; we didn’t finish the game. We made too many mistakes. Today we finished, and that’s why you win football games in this league.”
"The offensive line was awesome. They gave us multiple looks. They gave us tons of looks. They stayed in base personnel to our three receiver sets, and that can make it tough on the line calls. They mixed up a lot of dogs and blitzes. They were kind of dialing everything up…Our offensive line battled them all day.”
3. Third Down Success–Good things happen when you convert on third down, and that was the case for the Chargers on Sunday. The team converted 10-of-15 third downs, leading to sustained drives that most of the time ended in scores and allowed the defense to rest. Numerous players stepped up to convert those third downs, including
“Third downs were key. It’s a down you’ve got to win. It gives you another set of downs, and you’re ultimately moving the ball. The way we’re playing in the red zone right now, it’s big.”
4. Royal Reigns – With a career-high three touchdowns,
“I think he’s making the most out of every opportunity he gets. Having worked with him in Denver, we’re putting him in a situation to make plays. That’s what his job’s to do. He’s done a nice job the past couple weeks in making the big plays when the game’s on the line or a conversion here or winning when it’s one-on-one. ”
5. A Taste of Victory – The Chargers were understandably ecstatic after the game, celebrating in the locker room and on the flight home. But the team says this is just the beginning. A taste of victory has only made them hungry for more. As McCoy said, this is just the first step in what they hope to accomplish in 2013:
“Hopefully it’s the first of many. That’s our plan. My family and I are very thankful for the opportunity we have, and I’m very fortunate I have the coaching staff I have here. The opportunity Dean (Spanos) gave me and the rest of the Spanos family, Tom and Ed (McGuire), I’m very fortunate. We have a great group of people here, and it’s a great opportunity for this organization. We just have to build off of this. It’s great to have the first win together."