Playoff-hungry Chargers resemble NFL's best team -- for one night
Thursday night's game really should have been re-titled "Monty Python Tribute" night. Because they're not dead yet. Neither one of them.
At the end of San Diego's 34-7 home win, neither the Chargers -- who looked like the best team in the league -- nor the 49ers -- who resembled the league's worst team -- were eliminated from playoff contention.
The Chargers? Well, that one we can understand. But the 49ers, with nine losses? Sad but true: The 49ers could win their final two games and still win the division by virtue of a 5-1 record (though if both St. Louis and Seattle win on Sunday, the 49ers will be officially eliminated and angels will rejoice). It's stomach-churning to think of San Francisco hosting a playoff game while a team like Green Bay or Tampa Bay may have to stay home. But that's the reality of the inept NFC West.
So what did we learn Thursday night?
And despite looking lifeless in San Diego, the 49ers, astonishingly, aren't dead yet.