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Mistakes and miscues will hurt your chances of winning in any game, but they can absolutely kill a team in postseason play. The Chargers made plenty of mistakes on both sides of the ball, but there a select few that stood out in key moments.
On Denver's first drive of the game, Manning sent a pass to the end zone that should have been an interception for Shareece Wright. Getting the turnover would have prevented a score and possibly shifted momentum, but Wright couldn't hang onto the pass.
Another miscue that comes to mind is Novak's missed field goal from 53 yards in the first half. Obviously, a 53-yard kick in swirling winds is no easy feat, but Novak lost his footing on the attempt and just narrowly missed. The San Diego special teams suffered another miscue when the punt team allowed Eric Decker to return a punt 47 yards (possibly a touchdown had the ground not tripped him up).
Vincent Brown's offensive pass interference call in the second half negated a first down, Gilchrist was called for pass interference on a big third down and Ladarius Green dropped a surefire first down late in the game. The list of mistakes was long, and it killed drives on offense and extended drives on defense.