Denver Broncos Score – The San Diego Charges fell to a four and seven record after losing to Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos by a score of 16 to 13 in overtime.
All through September and October, Chargers players would remind us, with a hint of smugness, what their record was. “We’re 2-1.” Then, “We’re 3-1.” Then, “We’re 4-1.” Even after the first misstep in what is now their longest losing streak in a decade, “We’re 4-2.”
Now six weeks later, following Sunday’s 16-13 overtime loss to the Denver Broncos, the Chargers are 4-7.
A season that began with what was widely considered legitimate Super Bowl hopes is all but over, much like the tenure of the head coach.
Norv Turner was all but certainly on his way out at season’s end even before Tim Tebow’s latest comeback victory extended the Chargers’ losing streak to six games, longest since they lost nine straight to finish the 2001 season, after which head coach Mike Riley was let go.
The Chargers led 10-0 in the second quarter yet failed on multiple chances to perhaps put the game away before halftime.
The Broncos, now 6-5, scored a touchdown with 55 seconds remaining in the first half, and field goals with 33 seconds left in the third quarter, 1:34 left in the fourth and 29 seconds left in overtime.
Technically, the Chargers trail the AFC West-leading Raiders by three games with five to play. A team that has always finished strong has few playmakers to effect change and seemingly no answers as to how to win again.
“It’s just snowballed out of control,” Philip Rivers said. “… There’s nothing I can say to make it sound good. It’s about as bad as it gets.”