My top 5 Chargers highlights of the decade! What are yours?

We all have different opinions on what makes a good play. Some say it’s a hit from Shaun Phillips so hard across the middle ending in someones helmet flying 10 yards across field. Some would say it’s Ryan Mathews spinning out of a tackle, planting his hand to stay upright and then breaking away for another 30 yards. What we can all agree on is that whether it be a one hand catch, trick play, hard hit, ankle-breaking juke, or a collision that makes you hurt just watching it, we love to see our Bolts in action.

So here are my top 5 favorite Chargers moments over the past decade. I would love to see every bolt fan who reads this to add their own in a comment below! Here we go.

#5 – Game against Dallas Cowboys: short dump off pass to Sproles who runs for 5 yards and then the ball is stripped out of his hand. The ball is picked up by the Dallas defense and they’re going to take it to the house, but wait! Philip Rivers is there to light him up! Haha. This is not a big time highlight but I love it in the sense that it shows us just how much pride and effort he plays with.


#4 – This one makes the list just for being against the Bronco’s. We line up in punt formation and when its snapped, Mike Tolbert busts loose across the middle and Mike Scifres lays the ball right where it needs to be and we convert for the 1st down. No 4th down conversion is a small time play versus the Bronco’s.


#3 – Against the Seahawks, Philip Rivers has 0:36 seconds left on the game clock. He drops back, Vincent Jackson breaks free of DOUBLE COVERAGE and Rivers puts it right in between his numbers.


#2 – It’s a playoff game versus the Colts, and LT is out of the game. 5’6″ Darren Sproles rips the Indianapolis defense apart to almost single handedly push through the final drive for the Bolts to win in overtime.


#1 –  The Minnesota Vikings attempt a long field goal right before half time. The kick is up, and…… It’s short! Antonio Cromartie snags it and takes it back to the house for the longest scoring play in NFL history! His foot was literally on the paint.


Now that you’ve seen mine, what are yours?

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  • bolt backer

    One has to be cro’s one handed pick off of peyton manning falling backward.
    Antonio Garay beast mode on the colt lineman for a manning sack last year.
    Lt.on any of his dives over a pile for a score with his trademark pose for it
    Philip to vincent jackson against the giants for the winning score

    • Paul Maland

      Love it man! The Cro pick was very close to being in my top 5. By far the best candid moment and one of the more famous Chargers pictures ever. Great feedback buddy

  • Zach Irwin

    I nominate the Chargers winning in Denver in 2006 for the first time at Invesco Field at Mile High (a.k.a. Devil’s Island).

    • Paul Maland

      Ahhhh, the precious moment of a Denver spanking. Any time we have a chance to beat down on the Bronco’s needs to be a cherished moment. They might start the seasons hot, but the Bolts sure as heck know how to finish it!

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  • Cory

    How can you not include LTs 29th touchdown run to break the Record of most all-time touchdowns in a season?

    The tackle Rivers made was in a preseason game so I wouldn’t really count that.

    Also the game against the colts when we picked Peyton 6 times? (one being cromrartie’s grab)

    Or what about when the Colts were 13-0 going for an undefeated 2005 season and we beat them on the road?

    Or LT’s touchdown pass to drew breeze might make it up there..

    • Paul Maland

      Exactly my point with this posting. We all have different plays that strike in our minds. I love the Rivers pre-season light up tackle just for the simple fact that he is a firecracker and shows some serious passion on the field. Loving the input though! Great play memories added. This is awesome to have a database list because nobody can remember all of them!

    • Matt Davis

      AMEN! Oh man how can you call yourself a true charger fan? You’re doing a top five about the first decade of the 2000′s and you DONT have a play including the single most important player during that time…you DONT have anything from LT’s 31 td season? you must be one of those fair weather SD fans that only started paying attention in 2004 after we stopped sucking….

  • David Agranoff

    2009 game winning drive against the NY giants and manning sack to end the game with a 1 point win featuring all the dudes traded for Eli manning. That was amazing.

  • Tommy 3-rings

    No mention of being spanked by the Pats in the playoffs? Zero SuperBowl appearances in the decade? Getting rid of SuperBowl MVP Drew Brees? That’s my list!

  • Morgan B

    I would’ve liked to have seen LaDainian Tomlinson record breaking season of 31 TDS … If that can’t make a list I don’t know what will.

  • Nick

    #5: L.T. breaks all-time touchdown record vs. Broncos (2006)
    #4: Billy Volek leads a long touchdown drive to victory @ Colts (2007)
    #3: Philip Rivers leads Chargers comeback to beat Chiefs (2008)
    #2: The Chargers trail all season to the Broncos but beat them in week 17 blowout to go to the playoffs (2008)
    #1: Antonio Cromartie returns field goal 109 yards for a touchdown (2007)

  • David

    Agreed, there is no way you can have the best plays in the decade without LT in there somewhere. Here are mine, with some honorable mentions because it was so hard to pick…

    1)LT breaks TD record vs. Broncos (2006)
    2)Darren Sproles OT TD run vs. Colts (2008)
    3)Cromartie’s one-handed pick of Manning in 6 pick game (2007)
    4)Billy Volek leading TD dive in Divisional Series vs. Colts (2007)
    5)LT to Drew Brees TD pass with Drew diving across the pylon (2003)

    Honorable Mention:
    6)LT’s stiff-arm knocks off Rams player’s helmet on TD run (???)
    7)The Burner Turner TD run and Merriman sack of Manning in Colts bid to be undefeated (2005)