Week 14: San Diego Chargers 37, New York Giants 14- Post Game Thoughts

The New York Giants see their playoff hopes fly out the door in a crushing loss to the Chargers on the road.  For the Bolts, they still have a faint heartbeat on the season since they sit at 6-7.  The New York defense, which had been playing so well over the last two months, was absolutely picked apart by Philip Rivers.  San Deigo could not be stopped in this game;  they punted just once and only lost one fumble.  The Chargers scored on all of their other drives (outside of the three Charlie Whitehurst kneel-downs to end the game).  They possessed the ball for nearly 37 minutes and were pretty good on defense in their own right.  They forced three turnovers and allowed just 338 yards on the game.  The reason why the Giants got destroyed was simple: they could not get off the field on third down situations.  The Bolts were an amazing 10/15 on the money down (with one of those failures being a kneel-down).  When you cannot get off the field, you are going to have a tough time winning games.  So, this formula has been proven successful by the Chargers so far this year; when they can sustain drives, they typically do well.  That is why the team looked so crisp on Sunday.  Now, they are going to have to continue this success and perhaps step it up a bit as the team travels to Denver on a short week to take on the Broncos (on Thursday Night Football).  Their season will be on the line in that game.  For Big Blue, their ultimate goal right now has to be getting to 8-8.  That would still feel good for a team that started the season 0-6 at one point.  If the team loses two or three of their final games, they may also lose their head coach, Tom Coughlin.

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