GIF Recap: Chargers lose to Washington (featuring Kiefer Sutherland!)

Allow GIFs of Kiefer Sutherland to explain the emotional roller-coaster that is . . . San Diego Chargers football.

Another 10 am kickoff visited Chargers fans yesterday morning. Generally I welcome the morning game, but when coupled with the semiannual daylight savings adjustments - well, I'm just not sure how to describe the sensation my body goes through. . .

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The Chargers got on the scoreboard first when Sean Lissemore intercepted a deflected pass by Robert Griffin III early in the second quarter. Was this a harbinger of things to come while in the District of Columbia? A capable defense paired with a Philip Rivers led offense could be unstoppable!

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While the play by Lissemore was fantastic we would be remiss not to mention that the play was made possible by a stellar Mike Scifres punt, which the Chargers special teams downed on the 1-yard line.

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The Chargers stopped the Redskins on their next possession but turned the ball over quickly when Philip Rivers targeted Vincent Brown midway through the second quarter. In a moment of miscommunication, Brown broke out and Philip threw the ball in, and just like that E.J. Biggers came away with an interception.

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Four plays later Alfred Morris punched it in for Washington, tying the game 7-7.

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The Chargers then got the ball on their own 15 yard line at the 5:18 mark of the 2nd quarter and went on an 85 yard drive that culminated in a 15 yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Eddie Royal.

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The Redskins got the ball back and tried for a FG with 0:05 left on the clock but it was blocked by Corey Liuget. The Chargers entered halftime with a 14-7 lead on the road.

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The Chargers lead was short lived as the Redskins marched 74 yards behind the hard running of Alfred Morris. From the 1 yard line, Darrel Young punched it in to tie the game 14-14.

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The rest of the 3rd quarter flew by with little resistance from the Chargers and by the midway point of the 4th quarter, Washington had built a 10 point lead behind another rushing TD from Darrel Young and a FG from kicker Kai Forbath.

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All appeared lost in a hostile environment, three time zones away - but at that moment - the Chargers began their comeback.

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The Chargers took about three minutes to score their next touchdown when Philip Rivers connected with Keenan Allen for a 16 yard score with 4:16 remaining.

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The Chargers defense held on the next possession and fans eagerly anticipated the outcome as the Chargers received the ball at their own 8 yard line with 2:10 remaining and two of their timeouts available.

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Philip directed the offense down the field with completed passes in rapid succession to Eddie Royal, and twice to Keenan Allen, before Philip himself lumbered 9 yards to the Washington 15 yard line with 0:37 seconds remaining. The game was within reach and the tourists were on the verge of pushing ahead.

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The Chargers went for the jugular on the the next play and it looked like they had the game won when Philip completed a pass to Danny Woodhead and the diminutive back dove for the pylon, eliciting a TD signal from the referee.

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But upon further review it was determined that Woodhead did not score.

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The good news was that the Chargers had 1st and goal from the 1 yard line with 0:21 seconds remaining along with their two timeouts. But then the game got weird . . .

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Ryan Mathews who had been averaging just under 5 yards per carry was conspicuously absent on 1st and goal from the 1 yard line (as he had been for most of the 2nd half . . . weird). As fans speculated about the absence of Mathews the Chargers handed the ball to Danny Woodhead on a draw. Stopped!

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Were Mike McCoy and Ken Whisenhunt even capable of committing to a power run game from the 1 yard line?

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Then Mathews appeared on 2nd down! But Rivers called an audible fade route to Antonio Gates that sailed out of the end zone. Stopped!

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On 3rd and goal the Chargers continued to avoid their run game despite having two timeouts left.

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Philip rolled out and fired incomplete to Keenan Allen bringing up 4th down and a sure attempt at a game tying FG from Nick Novak. Stopped!

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Instead of playing for the win on the road at the 1 yard line, Mike McCoy played for overtime . . .

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The game was tied but every Chargers fan knew the outcome to this contest before the coin was even flipped at midfield prior to the extra period's kickoff.

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The 'Skins won the toss and marched the ball right down the field before it ended on another Darrel Young TD run.

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It began to feel like we journeyed back through some sort of demented time-warp where Norv Turner presided over us on Sunday mornings as a minister of pain. What did we ever do to receive such scorn as a fanbase?

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The Chargers had just lost 30-24 against a weak Redskins team but what inflicted even more pain were the comments from head coach Mike McCoy after the overtime loss.

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As McCoy received questions from reporters, it sounded as if the rookie head coach was perfectly content with the outcome and that he wouldn't have changed a thing about the game plan on the final drive of regulation.

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McCoy gave his usual glib responses to reporters' questions and acted as though there was someplace else he needed to be.

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I know where I needed to be . . . the freaking bar.

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The good ol' bar - a place where expectations are always met. Even if it includes a few tears.

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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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