San Diego 30, Dallas 21: More Mediocrity

Philip Rivers dropped back to pass with the San Diego Chargers trailing the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 14-10.

Rivers tried to get the ball to Antonio Gates, but Jason Hatcher got to Rivers and caused the quarterback’s pass to pop up in the air.

Sean Lee made the last play worth watching on Sunday in a 30-21 loss to the Chargers.

Sean Lee made the last play worth watching on Sunday in a 30-21 loss to the Chargers.

Middle linebacker Sean Lee intercepted the pass and raced down the right sideline for a 52-yard touchdown.

Dallas 21, San Diego 10.

The Cowboys then packed their bags and headed to the locker room. Perhaps they would shower and get ready to answer questions about their second consecutive win. Or maybe…

Well, maybe they might realize at some point that 73 seconds remained in the first half. That realization might have helped the Cowboys, because the team effectively stopped playing for those 73 seconds as well as the final 30 minutes of the second half.

From that point on, Rivers completed 21 of 23 passes and finished with 401 passing yards. The Chargers scored the last 20 points of the game to beat the Cowboys 30-21, dropping the Cowboys to 2-2 for the third consecutive season.

Need a reminder that the last two 2-2 starts ended up leading to 8-8 finishes? Nah.

Tony Romo did not look awful, completing 27 of 37 passes for 244 yards with 2 TDs to Dez Bryant.

Terrence Williams’ final stat totals were not bad as he started in place of Miles Austin. However, he botched an opportunity to keep the game close.

With less than three minutes remaining and Dallas trying to score from the San Diego 7, Romo hit Williams over the middle. Williams tried to reach for the goalline, but when he extended his arm, a San Diego defender knocked the ball out. The Chargers recovered and were able to kill most of the rest of the clock.

The loss was not Williams’ fault, though. This was just another team loss by a mediocre team that cannot find consistency when it needs it.

This team may have the talent to have a 4-0 record, but this team has no idea how to win games on a regular basis. Sean Lee can look like a beast, but that doesn’t mean the team has any idea how to cover Antonio Gates (10 receptions, 136 yards, 1 TD).

Bryant may look unstoppable, but having Bryant does not improve the Cowboys’ statistic of going 3 of 9 on third-down conversions.

Perhaps the Cowboys come out of nowhere and beat the undefeated Broncos next week.

It’s possible, but there is also a good chance the Cowboys would follow up the win by blowing their game against the Redskins during the following week.

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Dallas Cowboys Friday Photo Trivia: Cowboys vs. Chargers, 1986

The Cowboys faced the San Diego Chargers on November 16, 1986. The player featured in the puzzle below led the Cowboys in rushing during that game.

Two questions:

1. What was the significance of this game to the Cowboys?

2. What was the significance of this game to the player in the puzzle?

 




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