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San Diego Chargers 2010 Season in Review
By Chargers Tickets Staff Writer A.L
2010 Season Record
The 2010 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise’s 41st season in the NFL and their 51st overall. After a 13-3 record dissolved into a disappointing loss to the Jets in the divisional round of the 2009-2010 playoffs, the Chargers had high hopes of winning their fifth consecutive AFC West division title and contending for a Super Bowl championship. However, after a Week 16 loss to the Bengals, they were eliminated from postseason contention and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2005.
The San Diego Chargers entered the 2010 season with 5 AFC West titles and 5 playoff appearances in the last 6 seasons, yet questions still loom over a defense that is suddenly short of playmakers. Antonio Cromartie and his bad attitude were shipped out to the Jets, LaDainian Tomlinson requested and was released (after nine seasons with the team) to go play for the Jets also, Jamal Williams was let go, Luis Castillo and Shaun Phillips are both on the back nine, and Shawne Merriman hasn’t shown that he has come close to recovering from knee surgery a few years ago.
San Diego was 16th in the league in yards allowed last season, so any more leakage could cause some serious problems. The offense began and ended with Philip Rivers, who piles up huge numbers every season but can’t seem to break the elite Manning-Brady Combine because of the playoff flops. Rivers threw two interceptions at home in last season’s 17-14 loss to the Jets in the playoffs, dulling the otherwise excellent regular season in which he led the Chargers to 11 straight wins.
The Chargers’ final game of the season was a division rivalry rematch against the Broncos. In the first quarter, the Chargers trailed early but eventually overcame this deficit with RB Ryan Mathews getting a 27-yard TD run. They extended their lead in the 3rd and 4th quarters and managed to hold on for the win. The Chargers finished the 2010-11 NFL season as the only team to ever rank first in overall offense (396 yds/g) and overall defense (272 yds/g) in terms of total yards gained and allowed, and NOT make the playoffs the same year. Since 1970, the previous four NFL teams to accomplish that statistical feat all qualified for the post-season. With the win against the Broncos, San Diego finished with a 9-7 record, which was the best record among teams exiting the playoffs in the divisional round.