AFC Championship: San Diego Chargers Must Learn From Mistakes

Ian PhilipAnalyst IIIJanuary 20, 2008

San Diego Chargers gave it a nice go, but not having LaDainian Tomlinson was a bigger deal than I imagined it would be.

San Diego got inside the Patriots’ 10 yard line three times and came away with nothing but field goals.

Wow, I would have never guessed that would happen even without LaDainian Tomlinson, but it did.

That’s why New England Patriots are undefeated. They have a bunch of coaches on the field and everyone is a playmaker.

Even with Tomlinson, I would not give this game to the Chargers. The Patriots simply make the plays they HAVE TO MAKE when they HAVE TO MAKE THEM.

I have little doubt that Tom Brady would have played much better if the Chargers offense had played much better. New England dominated the line of scrimmage after the Chargers failed to grab the lead after numerous chances.

I felt the only way to beat the Chargers was by successfully running the ball. No team unsuccessful at running the ball could beat the Chargers after week four. The Patriots did that today and you’ve got to take your hats off to them. They were never going to line up, pass the ball all over the field, and beat the Chargers. While Colts didn’t recognize this, the Patriots did.

Still, if you had told me that the Chargers would get the best of Tom Brady and still lose, I would have been amazed.

To see it however, it makes you think. Wow, the Chargers may never win the Super Bowl.

The Chargers defense did what they had to do to win it, but the Chargers offense just couldn’t get it done today.  I am not mad at the offense today.  I can't really see how the Chargers, while healthy, can be stopped next year. 

They are building something special in San Diego.  The Chargers have the only defense that can match the Patriots player for player, but offense has to show up next time and the Chargers offense next season should be much better than it was this season. 

Wow. First the Chargers have to deal with the 1994 San Francisco (aka the 1994 NFC Pro Bowl Team) then they draw the second undefeated team in the Super Bowl era.

Are you kidding me? It’s all about timing, baby.

How will San Diego win it all next season?

They don’t have much of a chance of that happening. The Chargers must step up and become an all-time great football team to win it all.

Superstitiously, the Chargers are not going to get any breaks and luck into a Super Bowl like other teams have. They will have to step up and grab the thing by the throat if they are going to win it. Period.

This was a damn good Chargers team, but they may have played one of the all-time great teams in the Patriots. 

New England was clearly the AFC’s top team, but San Diego was clearly number two by going 4 – 1 against the other playoff teams.

The Chargers have a legitimate shot to dominate the competition next year. The Chargers need to go out and step on the other team’s face like the Patriots did this year and own it.

By the way, there is NO WAY I am rooting against the Patriots to lose to an NFC team…