In this series, we count down the top 10 impact plays for the San Diego Chargers that helped shape the team’s 2014 season. From Nov. 30:
Situation: First-and-goal from the Baltimore Ravens’ 1-yard line.
Score: Chargers trail the Ravens 33-27.
Time: Forty-six seconds remaining in regulation.
Williams’ take: San Diego trailed by 10 points with just over six minutes left in regulation. But the Chargers scratched their way back into the game on the arm of Philip Rivers, who finished with 383 passing yards and three touchdown passes. The game-winner with 38 seconds remaining was a 1-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Royal, who walked in on a screen pass with left tackle King Dunlap leading the way. Royal’s prance into the end zone was the first time San Diego led all game. The touchdown gave San Diego an impressive 34-33 victory over Baltimore on the road. Royal finished with nine receptions for 81 yards. Keenan Allen also had a big game with 11 receptions for 121 yards and two scores. The play was an example of the steady play from Royal last season for the Chargers. Royal finished with 778 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in 2014, including a team-high 22 catches on third down.
Season impact: The road victory over a playoff contender put the Chargers in the driver’s seat of their postseason hopes. Rivers again played big in the fourth quarter, finishing the season with 19 fourth-quarter comebacks in his career after an improbable win over the San Francisco 49ers three weeks later. However, the Chargers lost three of their last four games, failing to make the playoffs.
Quote: “The character of our team once again showed up. When you have a great quarterback like Philip Rivers, you have a chance to win every game as long as there is time left on the clock.” – Chargers coach Mike McCoy