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The 2014 San Diego Chargers: What might have been...

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The Chargers were able to defeat the Seattle Seahawks in the regular season and take the New England Patriots to the fourth quarter proving that San Diego could easily be playing on Sunday.

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What might have been...

It wasn't too long ago that the San Diego Chargers had a fighting chance to be the team representing the AFC in Super Bowl XLIX. But we all know how the season ended as the Chargers shot down any chance of post season aspirations with that flop against the Kansas City Chiefs on the final Sunday of the regular season.

Oh, what might have been.

If we harken back to Week 2 of the 2014 season, the Chargers were flying high after their 30 - 21 victory over the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. It was perhaps the seasons high point-too bad it was only two weeks into the season.

On that day, the Chargers never let the Seahawks offense get off the ground while picking apart the league's best defense to the tune of 42 of the 60 minutes of possession time. If they played this game 10 times, I'm not sure the Chargers would win all 10, but that win on Sept. 14th showed that San Diego could at least compete with a Super Bowl contender.

Conversely, fast forward to the Dec. 7th matchup with the New England Patriots and the Chargers once again showed they were good enough to hang with the NFL's upper echelon. If you recall, despite losing to the Patriots 23-14, San Diego actually held a 14-13 lead into the fourth quarter. And just to keep this mostly positive, I will not mention the 4th qtr. punt that shouldn't have been. But it was a game that saw the Chargers stand toe-to-toe with the best in the AFC.

I bet if the Chargers play that game 10 times again, they would be victorious more than a few.

After the conclusion of the season, Chargers fans were left with disappointment following a season of highs and lows and a 9-7 record. But San Diego was able to play both of the XLIX Super Bowl representatives competitively and admirably. It could have been special.

This leads me to say, had the Chargers just found a way to get into the NFL Playoffs, we might be watching and writing about San Diego in the Super Bowl, instead of writing about what might have been.

Ugh.

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