In this series, we countdown the top 10 impact plays for the San Diego Chargers that helped shape the team’s 2013 postseason run.
Situation: First-and-10 from the Philadelphia’s 15-yard line.
Score: Chargers trailed 27-23.
Time: Three minutes, 17 seconds remaining in regulation.
Williams’ take: Chargers receiver Eddie Royal capped an outstanding individual performance by scoring his third touchdown of the game against Philadelphia’s defense. Royal got a great block from King Dunlap, shook loose on a screen and bolted through the Eagles’ defense 15 yards for the score, putting San Diego up 30-27 with just over three minutes remaining. Philadelphia tied the game at 30 on an Alex Henery 32-yard field goal. But Philip Rivers moved San Diego into scoring position on the final drive, and Nick Novak hit a 46-yarder to win it for the Chargers.
Season impact: With three touchdowns against Philadelphia, Royal scored five touchdowns in the first two games for the Chargers. Royal played with a nagging toe injury for the second half of the season, but still finished with 47 receptions for 631 yards and a team-leading eight touchdowns during the regular season, his most productive year with the Chargers. With Malcolm Floyd and Danario Alexander suffering season-ending injuries, Royal helped pick up the slack, serving as a steadying influence for a young receiving group.
Quote: “I’m not really thinking about (all the touchdowns). It’s about our team and winning games. We’re 1-1. We have to think about next week. It’s a good win. We’ll celebrate in the locker room. But we have to get focused on this next one.” -- Royal on scoring five touchdowns in the first two games.