The San Diego Chargers were crushed by the division rival Kansas City Chiefs 37-27. The offense, defense, and special teams were all terrible. There were some positives sprinkled in, but overall this was an awful performance from the Chargers.
The Chargers top two draft picks ended the season on a high note and runningback Andre Williams played well.
Also, Antonio Gates was able to tie the record for most touchdown receptions by tight ends with 111.
Even with the occasional highlight, this was a pathetic performance from the Bolts.
Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry
Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates were both able to make a positive influence in the finale against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Antonio Gates was on the verge of history heading into this game. Gates was able to come through and match Tony Gonzalez’ record for most touchdown receptions by a tight end. Gates is now tied with Gonzalez and has 111 touchdowns.
On top of his historic touchdown, Gates hauled in 4 passes for 47 yards. Gates has said that he has another year left so hopefully he can put together one more strong season before he hangs it up.
The player who is the heir-apparent to Antonio Gates is Hunter Henry. Henry has been very quiet of late but in the final game of the year, Henry’s skill set was on full display.
Early on in the game, Henry made a tremendous one-handed catch and with just over two minutes left, Henry found the end zone with a 12-yard catch. With Gates slowing down, Henry should be ready for an increased role in 2017.
Although Andre Williams probably isn’t going to be the answer to spell Melvin Gordon, Williams showed that he still could be a productive back in the NFL. Williams carried the ball 18 times for 87 yards.
It’s mind-boggling that Williams hasn’t been able to see more action of late. Melvin Gordon has been bothered by a few injuries and Kenneth Farrow wasn’t able to get anything going during that span. As well as Ronnie Hillman who has also struggled to give the Chargers anything on the ground.
There weren’t too many positives on the offensive side of the ball so having Williams running successfully was a welcomed sight. A sight that should have been soon much sooner.
The Season is Mercifully Over
Painful. That is the only way to define this season. The Chargers had heartbreaking loss after heartbreaking loss. Plus, the team is still in limbo with where they will play come next year.
The uncertainty of the future made this season even worse. Add on the amount of the players that have missed large chunks of the season, it was a year to forget in San Diego.
Hopefully the Chargers can make the right decision and move on from head coach Mike McCoy and start fresh in 2017.
Cheers to the offseason!