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Chargers create first turnover, fail to capitalize

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Trailing the Broncos, the Chargers have avoided a hole deeper than seven points, thanks to a questionable ruling that ended Denver’s second drive.

On the second play of the second quarter, with the Broncos at the 50, quarterback Peyton Manning threw the ball to tight end Julius Thomas.  He began to make the catch, was hit by a pair of Chargers, and had the ball ripped out while falling to the ground, but before his rear end struck the turf.

The ruling on the field was a catch and a fumble.  After the automatic replay review following a turnover, referee Clete Blakeman upheld the call.

It could have, and perhaps should have, gone the other way.  Thomas never cleanly possessed the ball, and he didn’t fully secure it until he was in the act of falling to the ground.  Under the rule that has been applied and misapplied by the officials over the last few years regarding possession of a catch through the act of going to the ground, the ruling should have been that the pass was incomplete.

The Chargers were unable to capitalize.  Despite pushing the ball from their own 44 to the Denver 35, kicker Nick Novak slipped while attempting a 53-yard field goal — missing the kick and giving the Broncos the ball at their own 43.

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6 Responses to “Chargers create first turnover, fail to capitalize”
  1. csilojohnson says: Jan 12, 2014 5:43 PM

    Are we surprised?
    A super bowl win by Chargers would help that struggling franchise.
    Good ole Clete get a call from Father Goodell?

  2. setofbs says: Jan 12, 2014 5:48 PM

    Part-time refs can’t remember the rules, better get replays taken out of their hands

  3. stealthjunk says: Jan 12, 2014 5:49 PM

    Even worse, there’s no debate that the refs completely missed the helmet-to-helmet hit that created the fumble. Should have been 15 yards and a first down for Denver deep in San Diego territory, but instead the refs handed San Diego the ball. The missed FG was just karma.

  4. titansbro says: Jan 12, 2014 5:53 PM

    It’s not a conspiracy in this case, just stupid referees.

  5. niallofthenine says: Jan 12, 2014 6:09 PM

    I can’t stand the CBS pregame/halftime commentators. I also can’t stand the game announcers CBS uses. Phil Simms, constantly pushing his voice. And Shannon Sharpe? Mush Mouth.

  6. siknutty says: Jan 12, 2014 6:32 PM

    At least it’s not Dan Dierdorf. That guy is just plain awful.

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