The Los Angeles Chargers out-gained the Denver Broncos 479 yards to 325, which included 401 yards passing from Philip Rivers. His top wide receiving target was Keenan Allen who finished with nine catches for 89 yards and a touchdown.
Offensively, the Chargers had their way with the Broncos defense between the 20s. However, in the red zone the Broncos defense either made the play or the Chargers shot themselves in the foot with penalties.
No one was more frustrated by these results than Allen, who took to basing the Broncos after the game, giving zero credit to the team that just beat them.
“No, I don’t think they played well at all,” Allen said. “We dominated the game. Turnovers, we gave them some points and that’s what happened. They suck.”
Here’s another way of looking at it. With the game ready to be closed out, the Chargers choked it away to the Broncos who played better when it mattered the most.
Despite the domination Allen spoke of, the Chargers gained just 6.7 yards per play to the Broncos 6.3. The big difference was in time of possession where the Chargers offense was on the field for a whooping 38 minutes.
Their inability to convert those long drives into touchdowns played a bigger role in their losing than anything. Dominating an opponent means scoring touchdowns and the Chargers could only muster two in a losing effort.
Perhaps Allen and the Chargers are not as good as they think they are. Or, more likely, the Broncos are better than people think.