Chargers Beat Broncos...Oh Wait, How Did San Diego Lose?

Zachary WishnovContributor ISeptember 15, 2008

They recovered the ball! The Chargers win the game with an amazing come from behind win! Wait...what? Incomplete pass? Is Ed Hochuli on crack?

Sunday's game between the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers was an amazing game to watch. It was a shootout, as well as a fantasy owners dream.

Jay Cutler threw the ball 50 times for 350 yards and four touchdowns, Brandon Marshall is now second all time in receptions in a single game with 18 while racking up 166 yards and a touchdown, Chris Chambers had 83 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Philip Rivers had 377 passing yards and three touchdowns.

The game should have come down to the gunslingers. It should have come down to the turnover battle. It should have even come down to injuries, but no. This game came down to probably one of the worst calls in the history of the NFL.

Down by seven points in the 4th quarter, Jay Cutler led his team down into the red zone. With 1:15 seconds remaining in the game on the two yard line, Cutler performed a play action pass. Instead of throwing the ball forward, the ball slipped out of his hands and went in the opposite direction with San Diego falling on top of in in celebration of their victory. One problem, it was ruled an incomplete pass.

Ed Hochuli, one of the most revered referees in football, called one of the dumbest calls imaginable. As seen, in the replay, Cutler's arm was clearly moving backwards to throw the ball when the ball came loose thus being a fumble. For some reason, Hochuli blew the whistle (maybe he sneezed and couldn't help himself) and called it a dead play.

With players and fans tilting their heads to the side looking for an explanation, Ed Hochuli did his best to provide one.

He announced, "The play should have been ruled a fumble. By rule, the ball was dead when it hit the ground because the whistle was blown. Therefore, it's Denver's ball at the 10 yard line, which is the spot the ball hit the ground...4th down."

Take time and read this explanation one more time...I'll wait.

................................... what the hell does that mean???

I sure as hell don't know. Last time I checked, an incomplete pass would put the Broncos back at the line of scrimmage. I have never seen an incomplete pass move a team back 8 yards. Have you?

I`m not saying Ed Hochuli is a terrible referee. All I`m saying is every good ref makes his share of bad calls, and this was his. He, in turn, gave the Chargers (who should have clearly won) a loss, which could, in turn, ruin their season.

There is one more thing I would like to ask Ed Hochuli...where can I score some of those drugs your taking? That stuff your on must be some crazy shit.