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September 29, 2013

Chargers hoping to avoid heartbreak

SAN DIEGO — The last thing the San Diego Chargers want to give Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys is one last chance to score.

The Chargers’ two losses this season have come after allowing an opponent to jump ahead on its final possession.

The Tennessee Titans did it last Sunday with a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jake Locker to rookie Justin Hunter with 15 seconds left for a 20-17 win.

On opening night, the Chargers blew a 21-point second half lead and lost 31-28 to Houston on Randy Bullock’s 41-yard field goal as time expired.

“I’ll take my chances any day of making a team go 94 yards in a two-minute situation on our defense to make a stop,” rookie coach Mike McCoy said Monday. “But like I told our team, ‘Don’t get to that point. Don’t put it on the defense. Convert that four-minute situation, pick up first downs at end of the game and the game is over.’ But we didn’t get it done.”

The Chargers (1-2) led most of the game but in the end, couldn’t collect enough first downs to kill the clock.

“It’s all about winning,” McCoy said, “and we didn’t get it done at the end.”

So here come Romo and the Cowboys (2-1), who will try to win three of their first four games for the first time since 2008.

The Cowboys beat the St. Louis Rams 31-7 last week.

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