The Chargers conceded the AFC West division on Saturday in a game against the Detroit Lions that was never close. Detroit came out fired up to face what looked like a tired San Diego team, unable to match the Lions' intensity.
Detroit secured its first playoff birth since 1999 with the rout, while San Diego ensured that a new head coach will be calling the shots from the sideline next year and beyond. And while the Chargers gave fans very little to cheer about during Saturday's game, the eminent and much anticipated firing of head coach Norv Turner will be seen by many as a bittersweet consolation prize.
The Turner era has finally ended in San Diego, which should, at this point, provide Chargers fans with a much-needed glimmer of hope heading into next season.