Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw seven interceptions in the first nine games of the season, which contributed to a 3-6 start that left the team on the outside of the playoff race.
Rivers didn’t throw an interception in the next four games, however, and the Chargers won them all to move into a tie for first place in the AFC West heading into Saturday night’s game against the Chiefs. That’s when, per head coach Anthony Lynn, things “reverted back” to the early part of the year.
Rivers threw three interceptions, just as he did in a Week Three loss to Kansas City, and the Chargers made a slew of other mistakes in a 30-13 loss that robbed them of control of their playoff fate.
“We kind of fell apart in a sense, I guess,” Rivers said, via the team’s website. “We’ve just got to execute. Again, just what we talked about during the last four games, not turning the ball over and getting takeaways, we were the opposite of that today. We turned the ball over too many times in this environment.”
The Chargers have winnable games against the Jets and Raiders to close out the season, but they’ll still need help from others if they’re going to keep playing into 2018.