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Chargers' Gates on 37-0 loss: 'I've never been a part of something of that magnitude'

  • San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy talks about the teams' three game losing streak including Sunday's 37-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins during an NFL football news conference, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy talks about the teams' three game losing streak including Sunday's 37-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins during an NFL football news conference, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) is sacked by Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (90) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Miami Gardens, Fla.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) is sacked by Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (90) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

More than 24 hours later, Antonio Gates still couldn't believe it — or explain it.

The Chargers' 37-0 loss at Miami on Sunday was their worst defeat in 18 years.

Said Gates, the star tight end: "I've never been a part of something of that magnitude at all in my sports life, period."

What had Gates shaking his head Monday afternoon was that the Chargers crossed the 50-yard line only once, on the opening drive. That drive ended when rookie Branden Oliver was stuffed on fourth-and-1 from the Miami 22.

Said Gates: "In this league, you just don't lose like that. Guys are too talented, guys are too good. It just wasn't our day."

The Chargers (5-4) are in a freefall going into their bye, having lost three straight games.

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