The Chargers start a winning streak

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws an interception to San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Denzel Perryman (52) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ACEE: Chargers show pluck, little luck can mean ‘W’ – San Diego Union-Tribune
Once again on Sunday, the Chargers (3-4) stumbled on special teams and floundered on offense for a period and allowed a team to gain yards and score points in bunches, and lost players to injury.

And yet… They went on the road and beat a team with a winning record. They had a chance to win a game at the end – and they did.

The Winners and Losers From NFL Week 7 – The Ringer
The Chargers and Falcons are the same team, blessed with high-octane offenses and holey defenses. San Diego entered Sunday as the no. 2 team in the NFL in points, while Atlanta was no. 1. But those high point totals haven’t led to big wins, as both teams give up nearly as many points as they score. The Chargers have played five games decided by one possession, the Falcons have played four.

Sunday, these two beautiful, horrible teams faced up against each other, a matchup of Mentos and Diet Coke. Somebody at the NFL should’ve stopped it: The league’s Vice President of Anti-Fun Initiatives should’ve seen the game on the schedule and stepped in to ensure fans weren’t actually exposed to something enjoyable.

VIDEO: Chargers Locker Room On Thrilling OT Win Over The Atlanta Falcons
Hear from Philip Rivers, Joey Bosa and Denzel Perryman as the Chargers overcome a 17 point deficit on the road and beat the Atlanta Falcons 33-30 in overtime.

The three best things from Chargers-Falcons – Bolts from the Blue
The Chargers actually pulled out a victory after a tremendous comeback led by the great performances by young players like Joey Bosa, Melvin Gordon and Tyrell Williams.

Rivers was right: Chargers are dangerous – San Diego Union-Tribune
The 1-4 start was sneaky. It overshadowed the team’s impressive pass game and several emerging young playmakers on offense and defense.

Now, it’s easier to see this team for what it is.

The Chargers, though flawed, have a cathedral ceiling. High upside. This team can be as good any of its AFC West rivals. The rest of the AFC, outside of New England, doesn’t look any more capable than San Diego’s team.

VIDEO: Defense Comes Up Big In As Bolts Pull Off A Comeback Win On The Road
What went right for the banged up Chargers in their 33-30 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons and why does Brandon Mebane compare Philip Rivers to Kobe Bryant?

Cosart has bone spurs removed from elbow – MLB.com
Jarred Cosart underwent successful surgery to clean up his right elbow, and the Padres remain hopeful that the 26-year-old right-hander will be fully recovered by the start of Spring Training.

San Diego State’s Pumphrey builds on national rushing lead – San Diego Union-Tribune
Pumphrey rushed for 135 yards in Friday’s 42-3 win over San Jose State, giving the senior 1,246 yards on the season. That’s 235 yards more than Wyoming’s Brian Hill (1,010 yards), who moved into second place after a 289-yard performance in the Cowboys’ 42-34 win over Nevada.

Cardinals, Seahawks left in bizarre tie after missing chip-shot field goals – USA Today
This was either the best game or the worst game of the NFL season, and it might take some time to soberly decide which.

The Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks battered and bungled their way to a 6-all tie Sunday night on national television, complete with two missed field goals late in overtime that left Carson Palmer heaving a Hail Mary on the game’s final play that felt more like a confession.

Penn State’s upset of Ohio State proves what can happen when it pulls together – Campus Rush
This spring and in preseason camp, the Nittany Lions finally had the numbers to practice the way those Commodores did. That tenacity began to appear more consistently. Saturday, in front of 107,000 clad in white, the Nittany Lions finally took that fight to a superior group of athletes even after most would have quit. After falling on a botched punt snap in the end zone for a safety that put Penn State down 14 in the third quarter, the Nittany Lions should have been done.

Instead, they blocked a punt, blocked a field goal and buried Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett beneath an avalanche of pressure. When all those fans began pouring on the field, the scoreboard read Penn State 24, Ohio State 21.

Godwinks and hallelujah: Cubs reward faithful fans with long-awaited pennant – Sports Illustrated
Chicago is headed to its first World Series since 1945 after a 5-0 win over the Dodgers in NLCS Game 6 that was filled with the kinds of moments that indicate this is finally the Cubs’ year.

 

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