They still had a chance to win the game. All they had to do was stop them from scoring.
This is what I don't get... Lots of people keep saying this... BUT consider...
Remember the year the US lost to the USSR in the Olympics? You know that game, in the way back machine where the refs gave the USSR extra time and another possession?
So... people in the US to this day keep saying "we were cheated"... and I don't ever hear anyone say "but the US team had another chance to stop the USSR and didn't get it done".
So why do folks continue to say this about the Broncos/Chargers game?
Fact is... San Diego DID stop Denver... the refs just blew (literally) the call and Denver got another chance.. Yes, maybe San Diego could have stopped them again... but how many times do you have to stop them?
Or, what about that year in college where Colorado got 5 downs to score a touchdown because someone screwed up the down marker and no one caught it until after the game? Yeah, the other team got a chance to stop them... but shouldn't have had to.
Not to kick old stuff up... but I had a "what is cheating" thread a while back that ran its course... Denver did not cheat here, it was a refs blown call, but the end result is still the same. People complained about underage athletes in the Olympics, for example, but why didn't people just say "yes, but the US team had a chance to compete and win".
The rules seem to change on what is cheating/unfair vs what the other team should do and not have a gripe. I'm still trying to figure out the inconsistency.
All that said... there is unfortunately no way to correct the Chargers/Broncos outcome... so everyone has to move on... but it is a real shame when this sort of thing happens.