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Bolts & Dolts: The Chargers dream dies against the Broncos

It's taken a few days to properly process the San Diego Chargers loss to the Denver Broncos, but now we can look through and see who played above (or below) expectations in Mike McCoy's first playoff loss.

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Keenan Allen - 6 catches (9 targets), 142 pass yds, 2 rec TDs

In his last two games against the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers rookie WR Keenan Allen has totaled 4 touchdowns. That's a pretty incredible stat by itself. When you add in the 142 receiving yards from this game, coming almost entirely in the 4th quarter, it gets even crazier.

In reality, those numbers show Allen's great talent as well as the lack of depth in the Broncos' secondary. In their Thursday night matchup in December, KA (as well as the rest of the Chargers receivers) ate Kayvon Webster's lunch of their way to victory. In this weekend's playoff game, Rivers took advantage of Duke Ihenacho and Chris Harris going down with injuries, targeting ex-Chargers CB Quentin Jammer for almost every yard and both scores that Allen picked up.

Jahleel Addae - 8 tackles (6 solo), 1 tackle for loss

Addae has probably been the biggest surprise of the year for the Chargers. An undrafted free agent that, by the time the playoffs roll around, is the starting strong safety. He lead the team in tackles against the Broncos, making a few big plays and knocking a couple of his teammates out of the game in the process.


Everyone else

I'm sorry, but at this point I'd just be wasting everyone's time by trying to list out every single Chargers player that isn't Keenan Allen or Jahleel Addae.

Philip Rivers was a ghost much of the game and only had 75 passing yards to receivers not named Keenan Allen. Ryan Mathews was playing on a sprained ankle and it showed. Danny Woodhead, the team's best offensive weapon, contributed nothing. Antonio Gates hasn't done squat since mid-November. Ladarius Green was nowhere to be seen. The cornerbacks were predictably awful. Manti Te'o was a travesty before getting injured. Melvin Ingram has no impact. Cam Thomas showed why he probably won't be back with the team next season.

Have I made my point? We can rip on Mike McCoy and Ken Whinsehunt all day long, but when push comes to shove, the vast majority of the Chargers players didn't execute.

Don't worry, this isn't the final Bolts & Dolts of the year. Next week, I will do a final one, giving out Bolts & Dolts for season performances and giving you final tallies on how many each player received in 2013.