Posted January 05, 2014

Are Chargers this year’s team of destiny? Bizarre stat suggests they just might be

AFC West, NFC East, NFL Playoffs, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers
Philip Rivers and the Chargers defeated the Eagles 33-30 in Philly's home-opener.

Philip Rivers and the Chargers defeated the Eagles 33-30 in Philly’s home-opener. (Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles/Getty Images)

The San Diego Chargers are now three wins away from keeping one of the NFL’s most unusual streaks alive. If the Chargers complete their improbable playoff run by winning the Super Bowl, they would be the fifth consecutive team to capture the Vince Lombardi Trophy after visiting Philadelphia for the Eagles’ home-opener.

Bizarre but true.

Baltimore lost to Philadelphia in Week 2 last season 24-23. The Saints, Packers and Giants downed the Eagles in Philly’s home-opener during the 2009, ’10 and ’11 seasons, respectively.

Meanwhile, San Diego picked up its first win of the 2013 season in Chip Kelly’s home debut — a 33-30 victory that obviously maintained its importance late into the season, as the Chargers needed every last W to sneak into the playoffs as a wild-card team.

They needed a little extra mojo to make that happen, what with Ryan Succop missing a field goal in Week 17 and the Dolphins and Ravens both collapsing. Perhaps they had that boost banked from their early journey to the City of Brotherly Love.

27 comments
Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

Smart $ is on the Chargers. You just can't trust the Broncos in the playoffs with Manning as their QB.

UnishowponyWherebeef
UnishowponyWherebeef

Yeah, and monkeys might fly out of my butt.


Who buys into these stories? Probably the same people who believe in angels and read their daily horoscope.


If the Chargers do make it to the Superbowl (highly unlikely), it will have nothing to do with the first game of the season versus the Eagles. Honest!

x72
x72

Chargers win, Rivers is the Manning killer.

splooz
splooz

Washington has defeated the last 3 SB champs as well during the season they won.  2010 the Skins beat GB.  In 2011 they swept NY.  They defeated Baltimore in 2012.

SD is the only playoff team that the Skins beat in 2013.  It is destined.

bbc
bbc

Wouldn't mind seeing either Chargers or Seahawks win the SB.

PadreLoco
PadreLoco

what i like about the our chances is that we're playing without all the hype. there's no pressure for once. i actually hope from here on we're not favored to win a game. 

Joe R2
Joe R2

Go Chargers!  Eat crow media!

DaveVachon
DaveVachon

I can definitely see them upsetting Denver.

slickwilly
slickwilly

I could see them getting to the Super Bowl since Peyton Manning teams have a habit of getting upset, but I don't think they'd beat either the Seahawks or the 49ers unless Russell Wilson or Kaepernick get hurt. Then again, the 16-0 Patriots lost to the Giants, so anything is possible.

deliveryman44
deliveryman44

if they succeeded they would be the third straight team to lose to the redskins during the season

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

After the first paragraph, the thought that popped into my mind was that this article is ripe for some whining from members of the miserable, chronically complaining crowd that seem to be completely lacking any sense of humor or irony.  And, voila, there they are, taking an out-of-the-box statistical oddity far too seriously as if their entire sense of being has been called into question.  

JDrimmer5000
JDrimmer5000

Why do you even waste our time? So much Internet, so little point.

anon76
anon76

Are the Chargers this years team of destiny? Click this one bizarre article to find out now!

Nice click bait. What, no playoff stories about black cats, spilled salt, or broken mirrors to be written?

Keef
Keef

Team of Destiny - Go Bolts !!

PY
PY

Does this mean Eagles have no chance of winning Super Bowl?  They can not play themselves.

SaaibUppal
SaaibUppal

They would be the 5th consecutive team actually:



Eagles home openers in the past 5 years:

2009: New Orlean Saints (won the Super Bowl)
2010: Green Bay Packers (won the Super Bowl)
2011: New York Giants (won the Super Bowl)
2012: Baltimore Ravens (won the Super Bowl)
2013: San Diego Chargers (???)

scoutxx
scoutxx

@x72 except for three of the last four times they've played… right?

UnishowponyWherebeef
UnishowponyWherebeef

@PadreLoco I think you're over-analyzing the situation. The Chargers are under tremendous pressure, as are all the playoff teams. Every game is must win and every play matters.


Don't be fooled by ignorance. There is plenty of pressure. Loads of pressure. More pressure than you can possibly imagine.


If the Chargers win, then they'll win because they were the better team that day (and probably due to not a small amount of luck). They won't win because they are somehow mysteriously and possibly mystically capable of avoiding any semblance of pressure or anxiety.

UnishowponyWherebeef
UnishowponyWherebeef

@slickwilly Correction:


The 18-0 Patriots lost to the Giants.


And thank you for reminding me of that. While you're at it, why don't you just give me a paper cut and pour some lemon juice on it???

pmk1790
pmk1790

@PY They can't? They seem to beat themselves often enough... 

RCH
RCH

@PY Eagle fans should be praying for San Diego to lose and lose soon.

pirate
pirate

@PY Yes. That's precisely what it means. The Eagles can never win the Super Bowl. Sorry, just the way it is.

jj55
jj55

@pirate@PYWe already knew that based on historical performance.