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A dignified end

For the second time this season, the Chargers fell victim to The Perfectriots. This is the second consecutive postseason loss for the Chargers against New England. Unlike last year’s loss, I felt a lot better about the loss today. The Chargers brought a much better, and dare I say it, more mature team to New England. The Chargers played as well as they could without LT and an injured Philip Rivers absolutely playing his guts out against a team that demoralized them earlier this season.

I do question why Billy Volek wasn’t brought in. Rivers had a tough time generating power behind his throws on his bad knees, and it showed, especially on an interception in the 2nd quarter. There’s something to be said about riding the horse that gets youu there, though.

Nobody expected the Chargers to even have a chance against the Pats, and they came out and gave them quite a game. Sure, I’m bummed that the Chargers aren’t going to the Super Bowl, but at least they went out with dignity this time. I feel reasonably good about next season, too, given that most everybody is returning.

Norv Turner did a heck of a job, too. (Never thought I’d say THAT.). The regular season was turbulent but he helped get them together at the right time. That’s good coaching.

Less than a month to Spring Training…but for now, Go Pack Go.

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Oh my…

…the Patriots and the Chargers play today, and I must say, I am nervous as hell. There’s nothing quite like the terrible feeling you get when your favorite team faces Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in the playoffs. I last had this feeling in Super Bowl XXXVIII, when the Panthers played the Patriots. Needless to say, it’s an uneasy feeling, but I’m optimistic — the Patriots have had issues with LaDainian Tomlinson in the past, and he will be the key to easing the pressure off Philip Rivers in his first playoff start.

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The Wild Card Round

CHIEFS AT COLTS: Three turnovers for Peyton Manning, and three headlines about it…

Three Manning Interceptions, Three Repeat Headlines

Realistically, did the Chiefs even have a chance in this one? Perhaps they could have, if they had stuck with the guy that really put them in the position to get into the playoffs. I’m with Don Banks:

If I’m a Chiefs fan today, I’m still irate at head coach Herman Edwards. I mean yelling-at-the-TV mad. What would it have taken to get Trent Green benched and backup quarterback Damon Huard inserted into Kansas City’s wild-card game at Indianapolis? Last week, Edwards talked of his willingness to keep Green on a short lease against the Colts, in effect telling Huard to stay loose.

And then he sticks with Green through one of the worst displays of offensive football in the history of the NFL playoffs. In case you missed it, the Chiefs offense didn’t produce a single first down for the first 41½ minutes of the game. At one point, Kansas City had run 21 plays and totaled 21 yards of offense. In the first half alone, the Chiefs had five three-and-out drives and missed a 23-yard field goal.

SEATTLE AT DALLAS: What happens when Tony Romo makes Martin Gramatica look like Charlie Brown? He gets emo and causes other Dallas fans to follow suit and put it on YouTube — but why? Romo needs to get his mind off Ms. Underwood and listen more to Coach…whoever it ends up being. I don’t think Seattle has a chance in Chicago, unless Grossman struggles again and Lovie Smith pulls a Herm Edwards and leaves him in…

JETS AT PATRIOTS: The Man-Genius meets the Homeless-Genius for the third time this year. The Pats pulled away, but naturally we were all just wanting the game to be over so we could see the post-game handshake, historically an interesting item between these two — and then they really throw us for a loop and go for the hug! With the win, the Patriots travel to San Diego next weekend, and this certainly has me in a panic. The last time the Patriots went against one of my teams, it was Super Bowl XXXVIII (38, for the non-Romans out there), and Adam Vinateri personally drove a stake through the hearts of the Carolina Panthers in the final seconds. At least the Chargers don’t have to travel to New England…more on that as the week goes on.

GIANTS AT EAGLES: Easily the best game of the weekend. Jeff Garcia started cold but got hot, Eli Manning rallied his team back to a tie in the final minutes, but the Eagles marched down the field one more time — and amazingly enough, the last second field goal went off without a hitch. Lots of questions now remain in New York — is this it for Tom Coughlin? Is Brandon Jacobs really the answer to replace Tiki Barber? Will Eli even win anything resembling a big game? Time will tell…

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Padres make the playoffs!

Well, it’s official: The San Diego Padres will be in the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history!

ESPN tells the story:

Whether the Padres advance as NL West champions or as the wild card team won’t be decided until Sunday’s regular-season finales. But that was no reason to squelch the celebration.

“We’re going to celebrate this, but not go overboard,” Bochy said as champagne flew all around him. “It’s a great day.”

The San Diego victory eliminated Philadelphia from postseason contention, while the Padres and Los Angeles remained tied for the NL West lead after the Dodgers won at San Francisco 4-2.

If the two still are even after Sunday’s games, the Padres get the division title because they won the season series against Los Angeles.

Pretty cool, I must say — let’s hope the Padres can scratch out the win against the D-Backs’ ace Webb tomorrow so we can be assured of the NL West title.