Faced with the prospect of going 0-2 to start the young 2013 season in Philadelphia, the San Diego Chargers for a change finished a game Sunday afternoon. As a result, the Bolts flew back to Southern California with some hopes for the season, not mired alone in last place in the AFC West.
With a game-winning field goal from Nick Novak with :07 remaining, the Chargers escaped Lincoln Financial Field with a 33-30 victory, allowing them to head to Tennessee this coming Sunday with some momentum.
While the Eagles were the talk of the town and much of the NFL for that matter over the last week, the Chargers surprisingly one-upped their opponents on the offensive side of the ball. San Diego rolled up 539 yards of total offense, with quarterback Philip Rivers throwing for 419 yards (36-of-47).
Key turnovers nearly cost the Chargers
Making the day more challenging for the Bolts, San Diego turned the ball over twice inside the red zone, including tight end Antonio Gates fumbling around the two yard line as he was trying to reach the end zone. Running back Ryan Mathews also coughed up the ball inside the 10 yard line, leaving the Chargers without a potential 14 points.
Despite such miscues, San Diego managed to do just enough on both sides of the ball to get the win, this despite a career-best passing day for Philadelphia QB Michael Vick (428 yards).
The effort for the Chargers on offense came despite the fact that wide receiver Malcom Floyd had to be carted off the field, this after suffering a neck sprain on a jarring hit from Philadelphia's DeMeco Ryans and Nate Allen. San Diego's Eddie Royal picked up where Floyd left off, catching three TD passes in his best game in a Chargers' uniform.
As a whole, the Bolts played well enough win and nearly bad enough at times to lose. Too many Philadelphia receivers had wide open catches on the day, allowing Vick to amass his record-setting performance.
On the offensive side of the ball, San Diego's offensive line gave Rivers enough time for much of the day to move the team down the field. Again, however, those two key turnovers are something that could very well have led to the Chargers being 0-2 and not 1-1.
After visiting Tennessee this coming Sunday, the Chargers host Dallas on Sept. 29.