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Column: Chargers loss comes with a twist as Lynn warms up Rivers’ backup

Yes, they Chargered themselves Sunday, the Chargers did, and while that wasn’t the whole story — not on a day when Philip Rivers had to look over his shoulder like never before in the San Diegan’s long NFL career — it certainly was the bottom-line truth.

The familiar miscues and uneven work in Denver were ultimately enough for a referee’s dubious call for pass interference to do them in, which it did, leading to a long field goal as time expired.

Even with the Chargers (4-8) having shown themselves as a mediocre team at best for most of this season, their level of play and coaching Sunday still qualified as underachieving.