GIF Recap: Chargers win over Jaguars (featuring Nicolas Cage!)

Allow Nicolas Cage GIFs to explain the emotional roller-coaster that is . . . San Diego Chargers football.

In Week 7 of the 2013 season the San Diego Chargers prepared to face-off against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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I woke up on that Sunday morning refreshed and supercharged for the 10am PT east coast start in Florida.

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Actually that's untrue. I barely slept as I pulled guard duty on the youngest child who had a severe case of the barfs. Can anyone ever be truly fresh after the scent of vomit has permeated the atmosphere of a home? Obviously a rhetorical question.

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Once Josh Scobee boomed the opening kickoff into the end zone I began the process of rejuvenation.

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This intestinal renaissance was aided by the able arm of Philip Rivers. Philip came out firing, completing his first 6 passes to an array of receivers: Antonio Gates (3), Vincent Brown, John Phillips, and Ladarius Green.

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Runs by Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead helped contribute to a 7:30 minute drive which ended with a touchdown run by the aforementioned Woodhead.

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The first quarter was not without disappointment however. The Chargers saw King Dunlap leave the game after suffering another concussion and his back-up, Mike Remmers left with an ankle issue.

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The Chargers got the ball back and continued another sustained drive utilizing runs by Mathews and Woodhead and passes to Keenan Allen and Eddie Royal (twice), who scored on a 27 yard pass from Philip Rivers. 14-0.

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The Chargers defense gave up a Scobee field goal on the next Jaguars possession but hey, no touchdown. No touchdown again. Again!

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When the Chargers got the ball back they would hold it for the final 4:50 of the half. Philip continued a succession of completed passes and then hit Keenan Allen for a 36 yard gain.

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It looked like Allen was down by contact and that the play would likely be overturned . . .

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But McCoy and Rivers cleverly got the boys to the line of scrimmage and called the next play before a review could take place.

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The Chargers struggled inside the Jaguars 10 yard line and it looked like they might have to settle for a field goal.

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But Mike McCoy showed some stones and decided the time had come to steal this road game from right beneath the Jags.

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With 0:07 left in the half and no timeouts Philip Rivers scrambled (athletically) for the end zone only to be stopped at the 1 yard line.

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Gahhhhhhhhh!!!! No score!

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Oh well. The Chargers took a 14-3 lead into the locker room on the road, and that isn't too bad.

The third quarter was a mostly uneventful affair with the Chargers and Jaguars exchanging FGs to bring the score to 17-6. When the Chargers scored their FG at the 6:52 mark of the third quarter it was not without excitement. Prior to Nick Novak's field goal Antonio Gates had fumbled the ball on the 2 yard line.

Inexplicably, Gates was ruled down, and the Chargers (after dodging a big bullet) held on to the ball.

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But then Mike McCoy wrongly threw the red challenge flag, incurring the wrath of Philip Rivers, who tried to cover up the red flag with his feet before giving it a couple of kicks so the refs wouldn't see the rookie coach's miscue.

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Philip's actions couldn't hide the play though and the Chargers were charged a timeout for the indiscretion.

Outside of this bit of action, the third quarter was the perfect opportunity to take care of the ample laundry created by a vomiting child.

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[Parenting Pro-Tip: Bring hand sanitizer to the new branch of the downtown public library. Also tie your child's hands behind his or her back. While a completely cool piece of inner-city infrastructure, the new library is rife with microscopic nastiness].

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The fourth quarter began with the Chargers completing a drive that saw Eddie Royal fumble a 29 yard reception into the end zone.

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Luckily he was ruled down by contact and on the next play Philip Rivers handed the ball to Ryan Mathews . . .

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. . . who scored his first touchdown in like 8 years or something crazy like that.

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Holding a 24-6 lead the Chargers kept the Jaguars scoreless for the remainder of the game and now enter the bye week with a promising 4-3 record.

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After seeing the way the Chargers blew their first game of the year against Houston I was skeptical that they could even win 6 games - yet here they are above .500 heading into the bye week despite the obstacle of constant injuries. It's refreshing.

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See ya next week and enjoy your well deserved bye.

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H/T to the clever guys over at Hogs Haven for the bit of inspiration.

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@AvengingJM contributes regularly during the season and relies heavily on humor as a coping mechanism. Bront Bird completes him.

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