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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Chargers lose after replay determines Melvin Gordon lost fumble at goal line

Melvin Gordon fumble

The Los Angeles Chargers lost to the Tennessee Titans 23-20 on Sunday in truly maddening fashion on Sunday.

The Chargers got the ball at the 49 with 2:35 left after the Titans were stopped on 4th and 1 on a QB sneak attempt. They got it down to the 16, and then Philip Rivers threw a pass to Austin Ekeler, who busted through the middle and went into the end zone for what was ruled to be a touchdown. However, a review determined Ekeler was down before scoring, giving the Chargers the ball at the 1.

You figure at that point that the Chargers had the game, but they somehow blew it.

First, the Chargers moved themselves back five yards with a false start. Then they moved back to the 1 after a defensive pass interference call. Then for the second time on the possession, they had a touchdown ruling on the field overturned, giving them a 2nd-and-goal at the 1 with 19 seconds left. That’s when Melvin Gordon got the ball for a second consecutive play and got burned on a replay review. He was initially ruled to be down short of the goal by contact, but a review determined he had lost a fumble, giving Tennessee the ball on a touchback.

The reaction from Philip Rivers and Gordon said it all.

What an awful way to lose. The Chargers are now 2-5 after the 23-20 loss.



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