How'd Your Team Do, Twitter Edition: LA Chargers lose on missed field goal for second straight week
Sean M. Haffey
Welcome to the second edition of "How'd Your Team Do, Twitter Edition," where we sift through the most amusing, soul-crushing tweets about a particular NFL team's performance on Sunday. In other words, if your team is featured here, you might want to look away.
We'll dive right in with the LA Chargers, who lost a 19-17 nail-biter to the Jay Cutler-led Miami Dolphins that featured some of the worst clock management you'll ever see at the end of an NFL game. Let's see how it all went down...
Chargers' fans were pretty hyped prior to kickoff, like considering-suicide hyped.
No word on the whereabouts of Tiger Woods Jr. at the moment.
He wasn't the only one angry prior to kick-off though, as most Chargers fans should be considering team owner Dean Spanos moved the team to LA.
To make matters worse, the fans from LA who did show up to the game couldn't even sell out the 27,000-seat StubHub Center.
Alright, onto the actual game...
After giving up a field goal to go down 3-0, the Chargers scored 10 unanswered to take a seven point lead into halftime. The lone TD of the first half came from running back Melvin Gordon, one of the bright spots on the team.
At the half, the Chargers honored the greatest running back in franchise history, LaDainian Tomlinson, who received his Hall of Fame ring. So far, so good for the Bolts.
Miami received the second half kick-off and drove right down the field, scoring a 29-yard touchdown on a pass from Jay Cutler to Kenny Stills that tied the game at 10. The Chargers were able to respond quickly as well, with Philip Rivers hooking up with Antonio Gates for the 112th touchdown of his career, which is now the most in the history of the NFL for a tight end. Things actually seemed to be going well for LA, who took a 17-10 lead and celebrated with the legend.
After the celebration, just about everything went wrong. The Dolphins connected on three field goals, including one with one minute remaining to take a 19-17 lead. Rivers was able to march down the field though, giving his team a chance to win on a field goal. Enter Younghoe Koo, the rookie kicker who went viral not too long ago because of this awesome trick-kick. On Sunday, he went viral for all the wrong reasons:
Last Monday, Koo's potential game-tying kick was blocked in a loss to the Denver Broncos. Less than a week later, he pushed this potential game winner right. Not an ideal start to your career, some would say.
The missed FG makes LA 0-2 on the season, and it marks the 11th time they've lost by one possession in their last 18 games. Understandably, Twitter was full of the good stuff afterwards:
At least some good comes out of it, like this heroic restaurant owner/scorned Charger fan that hands out free tacos when the team loses:
Victor Lopez owner of El Pollo Grill, better be careful. The Chargers have the Kansas City Chiefs next week, who look like one of the best teams in the league, then it's the Philadelphia Eagles at home followed by back-to-back road games at the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders. Oh, then they get the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. There may not be any tacos left by Halloween.
Buckle up Charger fans, it's going to be a looooooooong year.