With the new year coming to a close, let’s look at the top 10 plays of the 2013 season. I tried to remember all the crazy plays of the season, but I am sure I left something out. Here are the top 10 plays of 2013:
10. Ryan Mathews long run for a touchdown against the Broncos
Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) carries the ball in the second half against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 26-13.Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Ryan Mathews gets the ball and goes down the left side and gets the corner and runs forever down the sideline for the score.
9. Eric Weddle’s bobble interception against the Oakland Raiders
Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle (32) after an interception during the first half against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Weddle’s play on the interception was amazing. He stuck his hand in the air and was able to concentrate and pick off the football. That interception was able to change the momentum in the game.
8. Thomas Keiser interception of Peyton Manning
Dec 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers linebackers Manti Te
Corey Liuget got some pressure on Peyton Manning and got his arm as he was throwing and the ball hung up in the air for Thomas Keiser to pick it off and seal the game.
7. Ladarius Green’s long touchdown
Dec 1, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green (89) runs for a touchdown after a reception during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Ladarius Green grabbed a pass in the middle of the field and out ran every other defender on the field. He showed so much potential to be a huge threat on this offense in the future.
6. Keenan Allen tight walking the sideline for a touchdwon
Dec 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) dives into the end zone for a touchdown against New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas (24) in the first quarter of the game at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Keenan Allen’s touchdown against the New York Giants was a thing of beauty. He grabbed the ball and raced to the sideline and tight roped the sideline and dove for a score. The ball barely hit the pylon on the play.
5. D.J. Fluker body slam
This was one of my favorite plays of the season. It turned out to be a penalty, but it also showed the toughness of D.J. Fluker and the type of attitude he would bring to the team.
4. Seyi Ajirotutu’s touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs
Nov 24, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu (16) makes a catch for a touchdown as Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith (27) is late on the coverage during the fourth quarter of the game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chargers won 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
The throw from Philip Rivers over the Kansas City defenders as the game was ending was perfect. It was the perfect pass and Ajirotutu made the big play.
3. Keenan Allen jumping over the Broncos defender
Dec 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) scores at touchdown by jumping over over Denver Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster (36) and strong safety Mike Adams (20) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Keenan Allen has been fun to watch this season and has provided a ton of highlights for us this season. One of them was his leap over the Broncos defender in Denver in order to help rejuvenate the Chargers offense with a touchdown.
2. Eric Weddle going for it on 4th down
Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle (32) reacts after the game against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 26-13. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
One of the most ballsiest plays ever! With the ball in our own territory in overtime, 4th and short, Weddle decides to go for it and comes up with the big first down to help get the Chargers sustain their drive and win the game to get to the playoffs.
1. Ryan Succop missing the field goal on Sunday
Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop (6) prior to the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
The play where we got a second life. Ryan Succop’s missed field goal had us all screaming our heads off.