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San Diego Chargers face Denver Broncos after tough OT loss to Washington Redskins

11:37 AM, Nov 5, 2013   |    comments
Nov 3, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (39) runs with the ball as Washington Redskins free safety David Amerson (39) defends in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Washington Redskins won 30-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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UP NEXT: Week 9

The Denver Broncos (7-1) next play Sunday at San Diego (2:25 p.m. kickoff). A look at how the Chargers are faring this season:

Record: 4-4; third in AFC West

Last game: 30-24 overtime loss at Washington. In the closing seconds of regulation, the Chargers could not score on three attempts from the 1-yard line. Danny Woodhead (of Chadron State fame) was stuffed on first down, and Phillip Rivers threw two incomplete passes. The Chargers had to settle for a game-tying field goal, and Robert Griffin III led Washington to a touchdown on the first possession of overtime for the win. The Chargers did rally from 10 points down late in the game, and Rivers finished with 341 yards passing (29-of-436), two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Postgame chatter: "If we have the ball on the half-yard line, three plays, it's our job to score. And we didn't." - Rivers

Big star: San Diego defensive tackle Lawrence Guy blocked a Washington field-goal try in the first quarter. Then Guy swatted a RGIII pass that bounced around and was intercepted by the Chargers' Sean Lissemore in the end zone for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.  

Big letdown: Even with 410 total yards and converting on fourth-and-2 in the final drive, the Chargers' offense could not get the one most important yard. Woodhead was knocked out at the 1-yard line on second-and-1 from the Washington 6 to set up the goal-line stand. The 5 feet 8 inches tall, 200-pound Woodhead was then stuffed on the first-and-goal run up the middle. After that, River's fade pass to Antonio Gates was a whiff, and Keenan Allen couldn't get to the third-down pass in the back corner of the end zone. 

Last time vs. Denver: The Broncos won 30-23 in Week 11 last season. Peyton Manning threw for three touchdowns, and Von Miller had three sacks as Denver took a three-game lead in the AFC West. Manning had 270 yards passing, but the Broncos quarterback threw an interception that Eric Weddle returned for a 7-0 lead. The Broncos took a 17-7 lead late in the second quarter after a blocked punt and Manning found Brandon Stokley on the next play for a 31-yard TD.

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