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Melvin Ingram: Chargers fine if we play the full 60 minutes

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 13:   Jatavis Brown #57 of the San Diego Chargers tackles  Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos during the second half of a game at Qualcomm Stadium on October 13, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Getty Images

When Broncos running back C.J. Anderson scampered into the end zone with just over four minutes left in Thursday night’s game, there were surely some in San Diego who got a familiar feeling of dread.

The Chargers had no success late in games during the first five weeks of the season and Anderson’s score would put the Broncos in striking distance with time to extend that streak of misery. A holding call took the score off the board, though, and linebacker Jatavis had a sack and forced fumble on the next two plays to keep the score unchanged.

There would be a little more sweating thanks to the Broncos recovering an onside kick, but the Chargers held on for a 21-13 victory. After a strong start by the offense in the first quarter, it was the Chargers defense that went to work and kept the Broncos from being in a good position as the clock wound down. Linebacker Melvin Ingram said it was the kind of effort the team said they needed.

“We said that for the rest of the season, it’s not going to be like that anymore,” Ingram said, via the team’s website. “We are going to go out and play for 60 minutes.  That is what it’s all about; as long as we go out and play for 60 minutes, we’ll be alright.”

You can’t go back in time and replay those nightmarish fourth quarters of previous weeks, but those results showed a Chargers team capable of doing good things if they can stay out of their own way. They did that on Thursday and will have to do more of the same on the road in Atlanta and Denver the next two weeks to fully turn their season around.

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6 Responses to “Melvin Ingram: Chargers fine if we play the full 60 minutes”
  1. aboveaveragejoe11 says: Oct 14, 2016 6:50 AM

    The Chargers might be the best 4-loss team in the league. Maybe that’s not high praise but with all their injuries, they have exceeded expectations. Hunter Henry and Joey Bosa look like studs in the making.

  2. 6ball says: Oct 14, 2016 7:04 AM

    In hell you’re forced to bet on the Chargers game every week. Can an NFL franchise be bipolar?

  3. wrongowright says: Oct 14, 2016 8:22 AM

    Hard to grab a jersey to slow down a receiver with a cast on.

  4. pastabelly says: Oct 14, 2016 9:16 AM

    If that game were two minutes longer, they would have lost. They were trying hard to choke. They just ran out of time.

  5. athwartships says: Oct 14, 2016 9:31 AM

    One of the worst defense displays I have seen in a long time. They might have some talent, but they are not making adjustments AT ALL. I watched over and over and over again them fall back in the secondary anticipating…what, a long pass? And almost every time Denver threw a short pass underneath and got the 1st down. Over and over again…who is not coaching them and making adjustments? Who is the on field guy being a leader for that D…it is abysmal to watch.

    Also, 2 words, endurance conditioning.

    San Diego had no business winning that game.

  6. chargersdiehard says: Oct 15, 2016 11:01 AM

    Denver not only needed a touchdown, but also a two point conversion just to TIE. Game wasn’t as close as score said, Chargers dominated when they wanted to.

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