"These starters are bigger and stronger and come to play every week," Phillips said.
Of the fourth and nine play that resulted in a touchdown pass from Jake Plummer to Ashley Lelie, "I felt like I got held on that play," Phillips said.
Looking back on the game tape, it appeared that Phillips was mauled. It also appeared that Dave Ball was held on the other side of the line during the same play.
The Bolts, as a whole, truly lacked a pass rushing presence. With time to throw, Jake Plummer picked them apart. He tossed the rock for 294 yards, completing 19 passes to wide receivers and tight ends.
The one sack the Chargers nabbed had a 15 yard face mark penalty attached to it.
"I just barely caught his leg," said Osgood. "You can't leave your feet going at the feet of the punter, and I've got to know that. I was just trying to make a big play after I got busted wide open. I didn't miss the ball by that much; if my hands were a little lower, I would have got it.
"Unfortunately, it became a game-changer. I was just trying to come up with the big play. When I was going at the punter, I was thinking, ‘Don't hit him.' I turned to avoid him, but he landed on top of me. It was a good call."
That play was one of the turning points in the game as Osgood alluded to.
"We had a block called," Schottenheimer defended. "It was 4th and 10. We felt we had an opportunity to block it. We ended up roughing the guy and they ultimately scored."
"They took our running game away," Schottenheimer said. "They are one of the top ranked rushing defenses in football."
"You have to contain him for sixty minutes." Mike Shanahan said at halftime. Denver did just that.
When Quentin Jammer told Union Tribune reporters that he was not getting targeted, he wasn't kidding. Jammer was targeted for a touchdown but they rarely went to his side of the field. Jammer, coincidentally, mentioned he was pushed in the back on the play but had to live with the way it was called. He was clearly not happy.