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Unwelcome in L.A., Chargers hit the road in search of first win

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COSTA MESA, Calif. -- They heard the boos at their temporary home, the StubHub Center, as opposing fans took over the 27,000-seat stadium during the team's three-game home stand in their first regular-season games in Los Angeles.

Even Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti said during a recent radio interview that though he embraces any team that comes to his city, he acknowledged that they should have stayed in San Diego.

However, the Los Angeles Chargers remain undeterred and focused on earning their first win after a 0-4 start.

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said his team will travel a day early on Friday because of the East Coast trip, as the Bolts take on the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium for the first time since 2009.

"I think any time you go on the road and you play in a hostile environment it can galvanize a team and make them feel like their backs are against the wall," Lynn said. "As a player I was kind of was like that, so that's kind of my mindset. And I think a lot of our players are wired that way."

The Chargers have not exactly been embraced in Los Angeles. For a second straight week the Chargers' game has been relegated to a less desirable channel locally in favor of the Los Angeles Rams' game in this market. More opposing fans are buying tickets and filling up the StubHub Center, as the Chargers have yet to make much headway with NFL fans in Los Angeles.

Still, Chargers tight end Sean McGrath believes his team can change that dynamic if they start winning.

"I think whatever the fans do or don’t do, that shouldn’t affect how we play," McGrath said. "We're in the mindset of eliminating all distractions, and not even worrying about who's going to be where and when, yelling for what team.

"So our idea is to just eliminate that entire thing. If we can win together when everyone else is against us, I do think it will make us a closer team. When we start bringing in the W's, then Los Angeles will start following the right team."

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers says he looks forward to playing against a franchise with a rich history like the Giants. Rivers is 0-4 for the first time ever in his career, but has posted a 2-0 record against 2004 draft class mate Eli Manning and the Giants.

Rivers said he still can't believe the Chargers have lost nine straight, and have not won a game since a road game last season against the Houston Texans on Nov. 27.

"You're talking about the New York Giants and the history that goes with going back there to play," Rivers said. "It already gets you excited. ... You know what the expectation is when you go on the road like this. You know that it's a football place, the history that's there and the atmosphere you already expect. And, there's something about that.

"It's like going to Denver and how excited we were going there. I think the guys are fired up for that challenge."

Like Rivers, the last time defensive tackle Brandon Mebane was at MetLife Stadium was a good experience, a Super Bowl win for the Seattle Seahawks three years ago.

"Really one of the hardest things as an NFL player or as an organization is to win on the road," Mebane said. "So it would be very major for any game that you play to get a win on the road."

Chargers guard Kenny Wiggins said he and his teammates can't get caught up in who's in attendance at their home stadium or whether they are getting booed by opposing fans at home or on the road. Once the whistle blows, Wiggins said the Chargers have to zone in on the task at hand.

"I think it's the same as every week," Wiggins said. "We need to find a way to win. And whether it's a home game or an away game -- or a home game that's like an away game -- we just need to find a way to win.

"The bottom line is people are going to want to show up to games in L.A. when we win."