The NFL playoff field is set and it is one that does not include the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Chargers put forth a solid effort to get into the playoffs but fell just a little bit short. Of course, an 0-4 start to the season made it nearly impossible for that to happen.
Though the team won six of its final seven games to finish the year at 9-7, success should be based on playoff appearances. After all, if you’re not in the playoffs, you can’t contend for a Super Bowl.
Some fans may be able to find a silver lining in the way the team fought back from its brutal start, but others will be left to wonder what could have been had the Tennessee Titans just lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
However, teams never want to have to hope for help from other teams to get into the playoffs, so the Titans loss is not one of the five things you’ll find on this list as a reason the Chargers have been left out in the playoff cold.
Let’s take a look at the five things that did contribute to that fact.
Younghoe Koo’s miss vs. Miami
Back in Week 2, the Chargers were coming off a tough loss against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football in which Younghoe Koo had a chance to tie the game but his kick was blocked. That moment does not make this list because the Chargers didn’t really deserve to win that game.
In the second game of the season, they definitely deserved to win and would have if it wasn’t for another tough moment for Koo.
The Chargers, down 19-17, got the ball on their own 20-yard line with 1:01 to play. Philip Rivers led his team down the field by completing four passes for 49 yards to get into field-goal range.
That brought Koo onto the field with nine seconds to play. But his 44-yard kick went wide right and the Dolphins left StubHub with a win.
If you had to pick just one play that cost the Chargers a playoff spot, it would probably be this one. It’s also the play that ultimately cost Koo his job as the team’s kicker.