Turn on the lights. The party is still in progress.
The outlook isn’t brilliant. The odds are daunting. Stopping a six-game losing streak against a team that A) just fired its coach and B) continues to embody offensive ineptitude is cause for relief, not rejoicing.
But for the first time since October, since Tim Tebow was just a backup quarterback and before Norv Turner became the Antichrist, the San Diego Chargers looked something like their old selves Monday night.
Their makeshift offensive line managed to protect Philip Rivers well enough that the battered quarterback threw three touchdown passes and absorbed no sacks. They created enough daylight for Ryan Mathews to gain 112 yards on just 13 carries. Further depleted by center Nick Hardwick’s first-series neck injury, and forced to shield Rivers’ blindside with a left tackle picked up off waivers just last week, the O-line scratched and clawed and endured and improvised and departed EverBank Field as a primary factor in an emphatic 38-14 victory.