Seahawks beat the heat, but not the Chargers

Sep 15, 2014, 5:36 AM | Updated: Sep 16, 2014, 4:48 pm
The Seahawks didn't cite the triple-digit heat San Diego as a factor in their loss to the Chargers. (AP)
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SAN DIEGO – “The Seahawks were in the oven far too long, but properly basted, they still proved tasty.” – Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune.

The temperature for Sunday’s game was certainly a storyline in Seattle’s 30-21 loss to the Chargers. It’s just not something the Seahawks were citing, though.

“It was hot, but they were playing in it also,” coach Pete Carroll said. “Unfortunately, the game wasn’t balanced out. We had a ton of plays on defense. It wears down. It wears them down, too. It was a factor in the game, but it was not the deciding factor in this football game.”

San Diego ran 75 offensive plays, the Seahawks had 40, and while three members of Seattle’s secondary were treated for cramps during the game, the locker room after the game didn’t look like any sort of triage unit with exhausted Seahawks strewn about.

It looked a lot like the locker room of a team that lost in an outdated stadium with cramped quarters.

“Definitely hot,” safety Kam Chancellor said of the game. “A hot game. I think they said it was 116 on the football field. Just a hot game. It was a hard-fought football game. We battled back and forth. They definitely played a good game, and we’ve got to go back to the drawing board and do better.”

Chancellor was one of the Seahawks players treated for cramps along with Byron Maxwell and Earl Thomas.

Finally, quarterback Russell Wilson was asked about the heat.

“I don’t think it was a factor,” he said. “I think they just made some plays when they really needed to. We made some plays to come back into the game especially those 2-minute drives right before half and in the third quarter. But unfortunately we weren’t able to win it.”

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