Reshad Jones

Chargers hope losing close games doesn't become contagious

Chargers hope losing close games doesn't become contagious

An inability to win close games can be like a flu bug spreading through the locker room. The Chargers, their latest nausea-inducing last-second defeat coming in Sunday’s 19-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins, can only hope to contain it.

When kicker Younghoe Koo pushed a potential game-winning, 44-yard field-goal attempt wide right with five seconds left in StubHub Center, it dropped the Chargers to 1-10 in one-score games since the beginning of 2016 and 4-18 in such games since the start of 2015.

The Sept. 11 season opener at Denver ended in similar fashion, when Koo’s potential game-tying 44-yard field-goal attempt was blocked, and the Broncos held on for a 24-21...

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