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Rapid Reaction: Panthers 26, Chargers 24

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

SAN DIEGO -- When the San Diego Chargers arrived for training camp this year, it was met with instant Super Bowl talk.

It was understandable since the team won 14 games in 2006 and advanced to the AFC title game last season. The talk was legitimate.

Yet, Chargers coach Norv Turner warned his team. All the Super Bowl talk would be moot if the team started slowly. San Diego started 1-3 last season and looked very average before it caught on fire in October.

Every key San Diego player mentioned how the team could start slow this season. They learned from last season.

Start fast. That was the mantra.

Well, Sunday, against the very game Carolina Panthers, the Chargers started slow. But they finished fast. But it wasn't enough.

On the game's final play, Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme hit Dante Rosario to give the Panthers the 26-24 win.

San Diego scored two touchdowns in the final 6:54 to take the win after falling behind 19-10 in the fourth quarter,

Still, they couldn't finish and are now 0-1, realizing their worst fears.