It's heart-wrenching to say the least.
In a season that had Chargers fans clamoring for the defensTe to finally show up, they most certainly have. Against the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos, the AFC's top two teams, the Chargers defense has only surrendered one touchdown to each team. The Chargers offense, meanwhile have matched their counter parts with only one offensive touchdown in each of those contests. The difference has been Chargers opponents able to move the ball into field goal range and converting.
"I just think it's a two game stretch against the top two teams in the conference," Quarterback Philip Rivers said after the game. "We're not in their company yet. We're just not. That doesn't mean I don't believe we can be, or don't believe we can beat them. I believe we can. But those are the two teams that beat us in the last two weeks. They're first and second in the AFC, so it's not like we've lost to the bottom of the barrel.
And so with a perfectly straight face, that is why I am so optimistic today.
Because if this offense can get it together and the defense can continue to keep the opposing teams out of the end zone, watch out NFL, because the Chargers would be a dangerous out.
"We can't feel sorry for ourselves," Safety Eric Weddle said after the game. "I'll push the guys and we'll get mentally right. We just need to stay the course and be ready to do whatever it takes to get a win against San Francisco to keep our hopes alive. You don't know what'll happen in the next two weeks. We just need to give ourselves a chance, play better in certain areas and hopefully we pull out a win."
We have certainly heard this before. Since 2008, the Chargers have had to make a late playoff push in order to make the playoffs five times, qualifying for the postseason twice, in 2008 and 2013.
This may sound ridiculous. But Chargers fans should embrace this late season push. San Diego could be one of those teams that are eliminated in October. They could be playing for nothing at this point. They could very well be the Oakland Raiders folks!
Say what you may, but the Chargers are mathematically still in the advantageous spot where if they win the next two games, there is a good chance they are in. Be the optimist.
"Every game is a must-win at this point, and to us, the playoffs start this week," Tight End Antonio Gates said. "We want to have our opportunity to make it to the post season. We have to take care of business come this Saturday and we'll see how it goes. We are still in the hunt. I think that's the most important part. We still have the opportunity. We would like to have this one back because it gives us a better chance of making it to the post season, but for the most part, we have to move forward."
You see, Gates gets it. Sure, they would have loved to have won the past two games and be all but assured of a playoff spot. But they aren't, and from what I gathered through all my years of anything, fretting over the past can't change the past.
It's time to move on, time to stay positive. There is only two games left to cheer on The San Diego Chargers, because if they don't make the playoffs, it's gonna be a long Winter, Spring and Summer before we get to root for them again. If they lose, it will suck. But it's not the end of the world.
Now Bolt Up!