Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/17/12
SAN DIEGO - In a season of lows, the Chargers hit their lowest point Sunday. In one of their worst performances, San Diego lost out on its slim chance for a playoff berth after being pounded by the Carolina Panthers 31-7. "We did a great job of starting fast and getting in a groove of things very early," said quarterback Cam Newton, who completed 19 of 33 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns. "That was very big for us." Newton's play, two rushing scores by fullback Mike Tolbert and a strong defensive outing boosted the Panthers to a victory before 53,832 at Qualcomm Stadium. The loss guaranteed that the Chargers will miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season, meaning the job status of head coach Norv Turner, and possibly general manager A.J. Smith, is in serious jeopardy. "It's definitely tough as a player," Charger safety Corey Lynch said about being eliminated from postseason consideration. "This is one of the hardest working teams I've ever been on. Guys ...
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