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Open Thread: San Diego Chargers at Green Bay Packers, 2nd Half

After a few aggressive coaching moves by Mike McCoy, and a few mistakes by rookie RB Melvin Gordon, the San Diego Chargers are just one score behind the Packers in Green Bay at half time, 17-10.

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The San Diego Chargers are trailing by just one score and I'm not exactly sure if I can explain how that has happened beyond "Philip Rivers'.

Rivers has been great, throwing for 211 yards and a touchdown (and no turnovers) in the first half. Keenan Allen, with his 11 catches for 128 receiving yards, has been even better than that. The two of them have single-handedly kept the Chargers in this game, even after two fumbles by rookie running back Melvin Gordon.

The Chargers defense has been...good enough. After giving up a touchdown on each of the first two Packers offensive drives, the defense gave up just 3 points in the last two Packers offensive drives.

The key here has been an offensive gameplan that throws back to 2013. The Chargers have just about doubled Green Bay's time of possession (10:32 vs. 19:28) and number of plays run (44 vs. 24), wearing down the Packers with short passes and creating a lot of third-and-short situations.

Green Bay gets the ball to start the second half, and a stop by the Chargers' defense would go a long way towards this upset becoming a real possibility.