SAN DIEGO -- In this series, we count down the top 10 impact plays for the San Diego Chargers that helped shape the team’s 2013 postseason run.
Situation: Fourth-and-7 from Philadelphia’s 28-yard line.
Score: Tied at 30-30.
Time: Eleven seconds remaining in regulation.
Williams’ take: San Diego led by as many as 10 points early, but had to fend off a Philadelphia rally in the second half. The Eagles tied the game with less than two minutes left on an Alex Henery's 32-yard field goal, forcing Philip Rivers to drive San Diego’s offense into scoring position to secure the victory. Kicker Nick Novak assured the Chargers would not need overtime by drilling a 46-yard field goal for the game winner.
Season impact: The win helped ease some of the bad feelings from San Diego’s season-opening loss at home against the Houston Texans, a game in which the Chargers led 28-7 in the second half. Novak demonstrated that he could come through in pressure situations. He had his best season as a pro, finishing 34 of 37 on field goals, setting a team record with a 91.9 percent conversion rate. Novak finished the regular season a perfect 11-of-11 beyond 40 yards. Novak also proved he can do more than kick, finishing with five tackles on special teams. Chargers special teams coach Kevin Spencer explains the impact of having a kicker who also is an athlete in this video. Novak was voted to the ESPN NFL Nation’s All AFC-West team for his efforts during the 2013 season.
Quote: “I’ve just been confident the last three years in having a technique and swing thoughts that I can rely on.”