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Chargers’ NFL playoffs collapse in opposition to Jaguars was worse than 28-3


Full disclosure: I’m a Falcons fan. So what you’re about to learn could appear just a little self-serving (OK, greater than just a little self-serving). However I imagine in my coronary heart that the Chargers’ implosion in opposition to the Jaguars through the NFL’s Tremendous Wild Card Weekend was completely worse than the Falcons’ implosion in opposition to the Patriots in Tremendous Bowl LI.

Why even convey up 28-3, you ask? As a result of I, an harmless particular person minding my very own enterprise, am catching stray after stray after that loss. Family and friends are texting me the Falcons’ brand in Chargers powder blue and gold. Matt Ryan is trending on Twitter for all of the incorrect causes. It’s been almost six years because the Falcons put us by way of that hellish loss, and albeit, I’m keen for one more workforce — ANY different workforce — to tackle the humiliation of probably the most embarrassing playoff loss in latest reminiscence.

However do the Chargers actually deserve it? Emphatically, sure.

I do know what you’re considering, as a result of my Patriots fan husband already stated it out loud to me: Dropping the Tremendous Bowl is worse than shedding within the Wild Card spherical. And, yeah, y’all have some extent. That loss harm worse than another blown Falcons lead I’ve had the misfortune of witnessing, and we’re speaking concerning the Falcons, so I’ve witnessed a number of.

However the Falcons’ blown 25-point lead in opposition to the Patriots in that Tremendous Bowl was the third-worst blown lead within the historical past of the NFL playoffs. Now it’s the fourth-worst blown lead within the historical past of the NFL playoffs, because of the Chargers.

Additionally, there’s this:

The opposite mitigating issue right here is the opponent every workforce confronted in these blown-lead postseason losses. The 2016 Patriots completed the common season 14-2. Together with that postseason, the Patriots had some extent differential of almost 12, which was the most important of any of the Invoice Belichick-Tom Brady period Patriots groups that received the Tremendous Bowl. The Falcons, with an offense dynamic sufficient to win Matt Ryan the MVP award that season, completed 2016 11-5 and had some extent differential of simply over 8 factors.

The 2022 Jaguars aren’t even near the juggernaut that the Patriots had been throughout Brady’s 18-year tenure with the workforce, a span that noticed New England win 17 AFC East titles, 11 back-to-back, and land in 9 Tremendous Bowls, successful six of them.

The Jags had been “coached” by City Meyer final season till Shad Khan put the workforce out of its distress and fired him after he demonstrated “management” in uncommon methods, like skipping a workforce flight house after a loss to the Bengals to hang around in a bar with a girl who isn’t his spouse, and kicking Josh Lambo within the leg pre-game after saying, “Hey dipshit, make your fucking kicks,” like a real “chief of males.”

The 2022 Chargers completed 10-7 to lock up a Wild Card spot, whereas the Jaguars received the weakest division within the AFC at 9-8 regardless of a five-game shedding streak mid-season. The Jaguars additionally beat the Chargers 38-10 early within the 2022 season, an embarrassing loss Brandon Staley apparently didn’t study a rattling factor from. He additionally hasn’t discovered from his personal workforce’s damage historical past. He performed starters deep into the Chargers’ Week 18 recreation in opposition to the Broncos, a recreation that didn’t matter for his workforce’s playoff place, and Mike Williams, who led the workforce with 895 receiving yards this season, ended up lacking the Wild Card matchup with a fractured again because of this.

However something can occur within the playoffs, proper? Certain, however this was an extremely unbelievable win by the Jaguars. Simply have a look at the win chance chart from that recreation.

The Jaguars turned the ball over 5 instances within the first half. The Chargers turned the ball over zero instances. The Jaguars by no means held a lead within the recreation, not as soon as, till the very finish of regulation. The Chargers held a lead from their first landing with 13:33 left within the first quarter till Riley Patterson knocked that Jags area objective by way of the uprights when the clock hit 0:00.

The Patriots turned the ball over twice in Tremendous Bowl LI — Tom Brady threw a pick-six to Falcons cornerback Robert Alford, and LeGarrette Blount misplaced a fumble. The Falcons took a lead early within the second quarter, and held onto that lead till the Pats scored simply over 4 minutes into time beyond regulation, so the Chargers have them beat there — not by a lot, however they held a lead for longer.

And the Falcons took the Patriots to time beyond regulation for the primary time in Tremendous Bowl historical past. Flaring tempers and unhealthy choices by the Chargers, particularly Joey Bosa, put the Jaguars in place to win this one outright in regulation. Atlanta ran right into a buzz noticed in Tremendous Bowl LI. The Chargers dropped the excitement noticed on their very own toes in opposition to the Jaguars.

So Falcons followers, congratulations. We will lastly put 28-3 behind us. Deliver on the 27-0 jokes. That is the Chargers’ burden to bear now.



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