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Los Angeles Chargers: When will Bolts have their ‘super’ moment?

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is congratulated by Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers after the Patriots 21-12 win in the AFC Championship Game on January 20, 2008 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is congratulated by Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers after the Patriots 21-12 win in the AFC Championship Game on January 20, 2008 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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2006 was a special year

Though the Chargers reached the Super Bowl in 1994, it wasn’t the best team the franchise ever had. That distinction goes to the 2006 team.

It’s still hard to imagine how this team didn’t even win a playoff game. After a 14-2 regular season that included 10 straight victories, the Chargers fell in the divisional round of the playoffs to of all teams, the Patriots. To this day, it might be the most heartbreaking loss in team history.

Tomlinson had one of the best individual seasons in NFL history that season ()in my opinion, it’s easily the best), but the team couldn’t find a way to win on its home field when it mattered most.

Is that a knock on the Chargers, a team that just can’t seem to get over the hump, or is it further evidence of Tom Brady and the Patriots just being better than everyone else?

Recently, ESPN ran an article where the best team to not win the Super Bowl was identified for each NFL franchise. Eric D. Williams, who covers the Chargers for ESPN, named the 2006 team.

How ironic is it that he mentions placekicking as the team’s biggest weakness that season?

If only the hands of time could be turned back. This team should have won it all, right? It had the most dynamic player in the NFL in LT. Shawne Merriman led the league in sacks. The Chargers’ average margin of victory that year was 13.9 points and their two regular-season losses were each by a field goal.

Should’ve, would’ve, could’ve. Fans will use those words in regards to the 2006 season forever.

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