NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — According to Chargers tight end Randy McMichael, you can’t give Gang Green credit on this one.
No use praising the opponents when you self-destruct — that’s how the Chargers felt Sunday after losing 27-21 to the Jets, an outcome determined in San Diego’s view on its turnovers, penalties and utter collapse in the second half.
“We had them and we took our foot off the gas. I’m not giving credit to anybody,” McMichael said after his team was blanked in the last two quarters after building a 21-10 lead. “Their secondary isn’t anything. This is our fault. It had nothing to do with anyone on their team. The guys in this locker room, we lost the game.”
They lost it by committing 13 penalties for 95 yards, throwing two fourth-quarter interceptions that set up New York’s last 10 points, and leaving cornerback Antoine Cason to cover Plaxico Burress all day. Burress managed three TDs on his four catches.
“The San Diego Chargers beat the San Diego Chargers,” McMichael said. “Nothing to do with the New York Jets. It’s embarrassing.”
San Diego (4-2) played a spotless game in beating Denver before having its bye. Against the Jets (4-3), it was as sloppy as possible.
“It’s disappointing,” said coach Norv Turner. He had the normal handshake after the game with Jets coach Rex Ryan, who earlier in the week seemed to diss Turner’s coaching success with the Chargers.
“We played a game two weeks ago and had zero penalties for zero yards. We didn’t handle that nearly as well today. There were a lot of bang-bang plays in the pass coverage. Those are tough calls on the officials. They are tough plays on the DBs.”
Not so tough, according to safety Eric Weddle.
“Some of those calls were pretty bad,” Weddle said. “It’s frustrating when, as a defense, you play your heart out to win and they call them in key situations.”
Plus, Burress had the big breakout game the Jets have been waiting for.
“We just didn’t finish off the game,” Rivers said. “If we played the second half like we played the first, it would have been a two-touchdown victory.”
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