I asked the question last week if there was anything to be excited about at this point. I clearly did not think that this team would be able to rebound with a win in Philadelphia. I was even more skeptical after the Ryan Mathews fumble. Once Malcom Floyd was on the stretcher, I Tweeted that I saw the game and season slipping away. But to their credit, the Chargers rose up. If Stuckey hadn't recovered Whitaker's fumble, it might not have mattered, but they deserved to win that game. Yes, Chip Kelly could have bled the clock down (although I didn't consider that at the time) and the Eagles' performance against the Queefs suggests that they may not be all that good. But going into that game, Philly was all the rage. They were playing with a ton of confidence and were matched in their home opener against a team that had every reason to be down in the dumps. When Novak's kick cleared the crossbar, I let out a cathartic scream that scared my kids. That win felt better than anything since the 2010 game at Houston.
I decided to put my Philip Rivers jersey on at the start of the fourth quarter before kickoff. If this team was going to do anything, he would have to shine when it mattered. I know how cliched that sounds, but it's the truth. To his credit, Rivers looked better than he has since 2009. I'd like to say something to Philip directly, if you don't mind.
Look, I was wrong about you if only for a week. You still had it in you, but you were wrong too. You defended Norv all these years and you slipped into some really bad habits. Once Jackson left and Brown got hurt, you kept throwing like the guys we had were going to be able to go up and get the ball. Who knew what a difference a healthy Eddie Royal would make? You went from the "chuck and suck" to those high percentage passes that McCoy stressed in the offseason. I saw you scramble in two consecutive games and make passes while being pulled down that were still pretty accurate. Now you face the team against whom you first showed you could lead this team.
It was in the Tennessee playoff game in 2007 that Rivers started his ascent. After cheapshotting Gates (after doing the same to Merriman earlier in the year), Rivers was forced to air it out as the TItans were daring him to beat them. The 2009 game was the Bolts' last trip to Nashville. That was also their last great moment of the year. They locked up the #2 seed on Christmas after Nate Kaeding's fool's gold game-winning against Cincy. In fact, I think that was Rivers' last game-winning drive. Much like Sunday, the score was tied when he last got the ball.
But you know all this, FAITHFUL READER. I don't know why I'm wasting your time.no comments