The Chargers defense didn’t play a flawless game, but they did more than enough to put the team in a position to win.
Unfortunately, the offense wasn’t able to get itself in rhythm until it was too late as San Diego lost 30-23.
“I thought defensively our guys did an awfully good job giving us a chance and keeping us in the game,” head coach Norv Turner said to open his postgame press conference. “Defensively, plays we made gave us a chance to stay in the game. We just didn’t make enough plays offensively to win the game.”
The defense made their presence felt immediately. After forcing a punt on the Broncos’ first possession, the unit put points on the board on the second. Peyton Manning attempted a quick pass to his left, but
The offense, however, struggled mightily for the first 30 minutes of the game. They were only able to muster two first downs and had to punt the ball eight times.
“Our defense really played well the whole game, but especially early,” said
Rivers lamented the team’s inability to capitalize on the defense’s strong play, especially early in the match.
“What’s hard and what’s frustrating is that the defense was playing so well,” he said. “We got a touchdown and then we got the ball back on the missed field goal there almost at midfield. We had opportunities to make it 10-0 or 14-0 and we couldn’t get anything going. We didn’t execute great during those drives, but they had a lot to do with it. Again, that’s a good defense.”
After the game, the offense repeatedly praised the job the defense did to keep them in the game.
“They played phenomenal,” said
“The defense was an animal,” he said. “They gave us good field position, and unfortunately in the first half we just didn’t use that field position. They were as tough as could be and did a great job.”
Still, the defense wasn’t satisfied with their performance, pointing out their shortcomings rather than focusing on the positives.
“Did you see how many yards we gave up?” asked