As Damion Square explained, they’re going to need more of that come the postseason.
“I’m going to be honest with you, in playoffs you turn into two completely different units,” he said. “As a defense, you turn into one whole team. As an offense, you turn into one whole team. It’s the playoffs. You’ve got to play. You’ve got to score points. We’ve got to think like the offense. You’ve got to score points. We’ve got to respond to opportunity, and that’s what we’re doing. We saw the way the game was going today. We were preaching turnovers before the game, during the game. Somehow a ball got in our hands, made some plays, put the offense in position to score. We got out of here with the win.”
Perhaps no one appreciated the defensive performance more than Philip Rivers. The quarterback’s been impressed by them all year long, but he noted how they’ve been even better than usual down the stretch.
“They’ve had some big-time plays, big-time stops in key moments,” he noted. “I think it’s just the collective group effort for so many guys. There’s not one strength here or there or just a couple of big-time players. It’s a collective, group effort that finds a way to get it done. They play well together. They expect to get stops. Every time they go out there, they expect to get a stop. I think just like we expect to score. We know that’s not going to happen every time. But I think when you have that expectation that we’ve set for ourselves, then you can make those kind of plays when you need to.”