The Chargers will run onto the field at StubHub Center on Sunday afternoon for their final game of their reintroduction to Los Angeles, and anyone willing to accept reality knows how the team will be greeted — with boos. Since the 2017 schedule was released with the Chargers and Raiders ending the season in Carson, this was a fait accompli. N.W.A didn’t wear Chargers gear. Bo Jackson didn’t have a lightning bolt on his helmet. Howie Long never sacked a quarterback while wearing navy and gold. That was all silver and black. That — for so many people — was Los Angeles football. The Chargers moved into one of the capitals of Raider Nation. And most everyone knows what that means. It means Sunday’s home finale might not be much of a “home” finale for the Chargers, even with a playoff berth on the line. “It’s a big game for us. If they can come out and support us, man, that would be awesome,” Chargers running back Melvin Gordon said. “If we go out there … I’ll take a 50-50 [crowd], especially in this territory. First year here — I’d take 50-50 right now.” He probably won’t get it. With Los Angeles still getting used to professional football moving back to town, its teams have been overrun by opposing fans already this season. Eagles fans took over the Coliseum and StubHub Center when Philadelphia visited the West Coast earlier this year. The Chargers got booed when they ran onto the field in Week 4 against the Eagles, too. “Now, that was a little different,” cornerback Casey Hayward said. “We felt like we were in Philadelphia.” If the Chargers win and Tennessee loses to or ties with Jacksonville, the Chargers make the playoffs with a Baltimore win or tie against Cincinnati or a Buffalo loss or tie in its game with Miami. The Chargers can also tie the Raiders and make the playoffs if Tennessee loses and the Bills either lose or tie.
Chargers' finale will feature some silver, black and boos when they host Raiders
Los Angeles Times | Dec 31