It was tough to watch the San Diego Chargers lose to the New England Patriots on Sunday. While the game started pretty awesome for everyone (if you're a Chargers' fan, that is), things took a huge turn for the worst. Turnovers were abundant and, essentially, screwed us over.
Now, no one wants to relive this game, which (if you're a legit Chargers' fan) is exactly the fourth-worst moment of your life in the past over the past decade, with the other three moments also being Chargers-related, of course.
So let's break down our misery, OK? Here are three reasons the Chargers lost:
Turnovers. This is going to be the most talked about reason the Chargers lost, and that's because it's the most important. While Philip Rivers' interceptions were pretty inexcusable, Mike Tolbert's fumble -- which saw him stupidly pedal backwards because he thought he was LaDainian Tomlinson -- was the game-changer. The Chargers were streaking, down just six points, and Tolbert gave the ball back to the Patriots.
The Patriots didn't mind the little gift and then re-gifted our gift for seven points. (Jerks.) Though that was the game-breaker, it was just one of seven turnovers in the game overall. Yikes.
They didn't prevent YAC. The San Diego Chargers' priority on defense should've been preventing open spaces in front of the Patriots' ball-carriers and wide-outs; Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez and Danny Woodhead are explosive in face-up one-on-one situations.
The Chargers' corners and safeties were afraid to play the Patriots' receivers tight (in fear of letting up even bigger plays), and the Pats capitalized -- they threw the damning short passes which led to decent yards-after-the-catch.
They didn't eliminate Brady's dump-off option. This is a little sad because this is one of the few things I said was a priority for the Chargers. So when the Chargers were able to collapse Tom Brady's pocket -- and they did so quite often -- Brady was able to calmly dump off a desperation pass to Wes Welker, Danny Woodhead or BenJarvus Green-Ellis. This normally only resulted in about a five-yard gain, but when the Patriots are on 3rd-and-3, that's a heart-breaker.
Instead of letting some linebackers spy the back-field, the Chargers left the runners with one-on-one face-ups, where BenJarvus Green-Ellis can run through any single defender, while Wes Welker and Danny Woodhead are agile enough to squeeze and shift past would-be tacklers.
(NOTE: You have no idea how much I want to type in all caps and use excessive exclamation marks. You have. No. Idea. At. All.)