It looked a a rerun from the first six weeks of the season in San Diego this afternoon as the Giants played slow and sloppy in a 37-14 loss to the Chargers (6-7). With the defeat, the Giants (5-8) put an official end to their faux playoff intentions and the hope of finishing the season strong.
Turnovers and mistakes ruled the day for the Blue as they were outhustled and out-executed by a Chargers team that simply felt they had more to play for. The Giants were never in this game, folks. They fell behind, 24-0, before the half and could not mount any kind of a significant comeback. It was a hard one to watch.
The Chargers were led by QB Philip Rivers (21/28, 249 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT) and RBs Ryan Matthews (29/103/1) and Danny Woodhead (94 total yards) and rookie WR Keenan Allen (2 TD catches). Matthews is the first back to gain 100 yards on the Giants since Carolina’s DeAngelo Williams in Week 3.
New York had some deceiving stats. WR Hakeem Nicks had 135 yards on five receptions. RB Andre Brown gained 81 yards on 16 carries. Not enough, apparently, to save this disappointing performance.