It was even more embarrassing when the man who intercepted it was Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, all 325 pounds of him. He then proceeded to run back the interception 28 yards until he was either tripped up or his legs gave out on him.
The return set the Patriots up for a 47-yard field goal at the end of the half, which put them up 20-7, and deflated the Chargers as they headed into the locker room.
By the way, this is starting to become a rather regular thing for the Patriots. Just last December against the Green Bay Packers, it was 315-pound offensive lineman Dan Connolly who returned a kickoff 71 yards.
It's just not fair. Opponents not only have to worry about Bill Belichick's gameplan, the Patriots appear to be the only team in the NFL that can use a lineman to effectively return the ball. Who needs a kickoff/punt returner when you have Wilfork?
By the way, I know Wilfork is slow by NFL standards, but every time I see a 300-pounder rumble down the field like that I'm reminded why I never wanted to be an NFL quarterback (I mean, I had the talent, they just didn't give me enough money). You have someone like Wilfork exploding to the ball, it must feel like you are running away from a bear with a helmet on.
But I think my favorite part of this video is Chargers head coach Norv Turner's reaction after the play. He looked like he was going to take his headphones off forever after that.
You do everything in your power to get back into the game, with the potential of making it a three-point deficit before the half, and Vince Wilfork, of all people, jumps into the passing lane, tips the ball to himself like a cornerback and whizzes past you.
Good luck, rest of the NFL. This certainly can't be a good sign.