Chargers Can't Secure a Winning Season

The Chargers ended the season at 8-8 after blowing a double digit lead in the fourth quarter and bowing in overtime to the Seattle Seahawks, 31-28. The Chargers have not had a winning season since 1995.

Matt Hasselbeck (36-53, 449 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions) scored the tying touchdown with :01 second left on the clock in regulation on a quarterback sneak to send the game into overtime.

Seattle then drove down the field in overtime and was in field goal range when Hasselbeck threw an ill advised pass that Alex Molden intercepted. The Chargers promptly went three-and-out on three straight incompletions and Hasselbeck again led the Seahawks down into field goal territory and Seattle won the game on a Rian Lindell 24 yard field goal.

Seattle came out quickly on the first drive of the game. Hasselbeck went 6-6 on the drive which was capped off by a 14 yard pas from Hasselbeck to Darrell Jackson to put the ‘Hawks up 7-0.

San Diego then tied the game up early in the second quarter on a pass from Drew Brees (27-49, 332 yards, three touchdowns, one interception) to Stephen Alexander (8-129 yards) from 26 yards out. Brees utilized his tight ends as the primary weapons on the drive as Josh Norman had two receptions on the drive.

San Diego then moved ahead on two consecutive field goals from Steve Christie. The first was from 26 yards out in the second quarter and then he hit another from 29 yards out in the third quarter to extend the Chargers lead to 13-7.

The Chargers then continued behind the arm of Brees to go out in front 20-7 on an Eric Parker touchdown reception from 31 yards out. Brees went 5-6 on the drive for 79 yards.

The Seahawks stormed right back in five plays, going 63 yards as Shaun Alexander scored from 2 yards out to make the score 20-14. Hasselbeck hit tight end Itula Mili for 49 yards to setup the Alexander touchdown.

San Diego re-established their two score lead on the next drive as Brees hit Fred McCrary for a one yard touchdown. Brees hit five different receivers on the drive and the Chargers went for the two point conversion to try and put them up by two touchdowns. The play was successful when Brees hit Reche Caldwell in the middle of the end zone.

With a 14 point lead, at 28-14, and eight and a half minutes to go the Chargers thought there lead was comfortable. After a good return by James Williams to put the Seahawks in solid field position, the Seahawks wasted little time scoring. In just over two minutes, Seattle went 58 yards on five plays which was capped by a beautiful catch by Koren Robinson in the end zone.

Seattle then took the ball 88 yards on the score to tie the game.

The Chargers end the season with a 3-1 overtime mark.

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