I Take My Hat Off To The San Diego Chargers: As Colts Lose 23-17 in Overtime

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIJanuary 4, 2009

I'm always the first person to say that something always happens when the Colts face the Chargers. After watching Saturday Night's game, that tradition certainly did not disappoint.

Of course, my team was on the wrong end of things.

The Colts' Cinderella season came to a crushing end after being defeated by the San Diego Chargers in overtime no less.

The final score was 23-17.

Ironically, the same score the Colts defeated the Giants by in the 1958 NFL Championship game all but 50 years ago.

Now, I could complain that a 12-4 team had to go on the road to play an 8-8 team we already beat.

I could complain that an overtime system that gives a huge advantage to one team that is lucky enough to win a coin-toss might not be fair to both teams.

But, I'm not going to do that.

We could have just as well lost in Indianapolis and I'm confident that had the Colts won the coin-toss that they would have won in overtime, not the Chargers.

Sometimes, you have to just except the rules for what they are and if the Colts managed to beat the Chargers in the first 60 minutes, they would have nothing to complain about.

Of course it was a heartbreaking loss, but I'm no selfish fan. Instead of drowning myself in the negativity of postseason defeat, I would rather enjoy all of the great moments this season had to offer.

I'll cover such things in a future article.

In the mean time I feel that it is only fair to take my hat off to the San Diego Chargers. They played an excellent football game and did everything they needed to do to win. They deserve credit for beating a very good football team.

I respect the Chargers as both a team and an organization. They are a class act worthy of advancing in the postseason. They certainly have the potential, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.

In the meantime, I will be reflecting on the moments this 2008 season had to offer.