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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