In the first 40 minutes of Monday night’s game, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw four touchdown passes and led his team to a 28-7 lead over the Texans. In the last 20 minutes, disaster struck.
The Chargers lost 31-28, and Rivers said after the game that it’s particularly tough to lose a game that way.
“Every game stings that you lose. You lose this way, and it stings a little more,” Rivers said. “I’m sick that we’re not 1-0. But it is just one game. We’ve got 15 more.”
Chargers coach Mike McCoy expressed similar thoughts.
“This is a tough one, obviously,” McCoy said. “When you’re up 28-7 you’ve got to put the game away.”
The Chargers suffered as tough a loss as any team in Week One, but they don’t have any time to get down. On a short work week, they have a long road trip to Philadelphia, to face an Eagles team that looked very impressive on Monday night. The Chargers will need to play like they did in the first 40 minutes of Monday night’s game, rather than the last 20 minutes, or else Rivers is going to be sick next week that they’re 0-2.