San Diego, CA. (October 2, 2016). The Saints came marching in and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Yep…they sure did. Looking to exploit a weak Saints defense, the Chargers took a 13 point lead deep into the fourth quarter, only to turn the ball over twice in their own territory. The Saints, led by former Charger quarter back Drew Brees, scored two touchdowns to turn what should have been a humiliating defeat into an improbable victory.
Final Score: Beignets – 35, Crispy Fish Tacos – 34
I heard an odd statistic on the drive home. The Chargers are 1-2 this season while leading by 13 points in the fourth quarter while the rest of the NFL is 25-0 in similar games. That’s quite an indictment against the Chargers, who cannot seem to finish games strongly and win. This past Sunday was particularly disappointing in that the Saints were a team without a win, playing on a short week and reeling from a crushing loss to division rival Atlanta on Monday Night Football.
This was a winnable game…a game that the Chargers should have won easily. But Melvin Gordon returned to his fumbling ways, putting the ball on the ground late in the fourth quarter and on the next possession, a fumble by Travis Benjamin with 4:50 left in the game, set up the dramatic come from behind win for the Saints.
So disappointing. But Sunday wasn’t a total loss…if you see what I mean.
We begin this week’s coverage of the Charger Girls with the Line Captains: Marissa, Delani, Bridget, and Teran.
This week’s Charger Girl of the Day is a former contestant in the Miss California USA pageant (3rd runner up in 2015) and a Charger Girl who never ceases to provide me with some memorable images…introducing fourth year veteran Charger Girl Shelbi.
Let us begin our regular coverage of the Charger Girls with Marissa’s line: Tyler, Rebecca, Denise, Devin, Tina, and Glory.
We continue our coverage with Delani’s line: Sydni, CGOTD Shelbi, Rose, Courtney, Lauryn, and Shelby.
Up next is Bridget’s line: Emily, Kayla N., Whitney, Madison, Anna, and Angelica.
We conclude with Teran’s line: Karissa, Blake, Elaine, Melissa, Tawnie, Kayla A.
The Chargers are 1-3, with three fourth quarter losses when they were leading. You could say that the Chargers should be undefeated, except that the Bolts have an annoying way of choking in the last frame. They should have beaten the Chiefs after pummeling them for three quarters. They should have beaten the Colts except for a broken coverage on a play that led to 63 yard, last minute touchdown to T.Y. Hilton. They should have beaten the Saints except for two turnovers in the last 6 minutes of the game that led to two touchdowns passes from Drew Brees.
I sense a theme here…the Chargers letting opponents come from behind to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Good teams find a way to win close games. Bad teams choke them away. Hmmm…hmmm.