Here, following, are the number of playoff victories achieved by the Chargers as the Era of A.J.-Norv unfolded: 2-1-0-0-0-0.
Peter Schrager, Fox Sports
The San Diego Chargers might have been the best 7-9 team in NFL history this year. What do I mean? With their win Sunday over the Raiders, the Chargers have put up 350 points this season. It doesn't matter. 7-9 is 7-9. The fan base has had enough of Turner. A nice guy and a proven play-caller, sure. But a change is needed in San Diego. He'll be employed -- if he wants to be -- as a coordinator or quarterbacks coach somewhere next season.
Ian O'Connor, ESPNNewYork.com
Nobody's saying (the New York Giants missing the playoffs) was all (Eli) Manning's fault. The offensive line buckled more than it had in the past. The stars on the defensive front, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul, were a shell of what they were across last year's charmed championship run, and when the Giants don't get to the other guy's quarterback, they don't win.
But Tuck, Umenyiora and JPP aren't face-of-the-franchise players, and they aren't working under $100 million contracts, either. (Just ask Osi.) Manning rightfully got most of the credit when the Giants won their two titles, so he deserves most of the blame for fumbling away a division his team should've locked away a month ago.
Mark Kiszla, Denver Post
You think Broncos Country is off-the-hook crazy with anticipation of what might happen next? Well, you should have been inside the Denver locker room after the game, where Von Miller wore a cowboy hat, work boots and a towel, while declaring: "There's a party in the shower!"
While the voting is not final for NFL most valuable player, (Peyton) Manning has about as much chance of beating out Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson for the award as the 36-year-old Denver quarterback had of tackling Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers, as he rumbled 64 yards with a fumble recovery in the first quarter.
"I didn't get the tackle?" protested Manning, in mock disbelief. No offense, Mr. Manning. But it's apparent you're the son of a quarterback, not a linebacker.
Jason Cole, Yahoo! Sports
Congrats to Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who finished the season with 1,964 yards, establishing the NFL record and breaking one of Jerry Rice's records in the process. However, it should be noted that Johnson, according to unofficial stats kept by the NFL, was targeted more than 200 times this season. That's believed to be the most times a receiver has been targeted in any season. Take nothing away from Johnson, who is an amazing player and a classy person. However, this record is partly a matter of force-feeding by the Lions, who also had quarterback Matt Stafford set the NFL record for attempts in a season (727).