No. 4: September 9, 2001
This wasn’t just the first game of the 2001 season, it was also the first game in the magnificent career of LaDainian Tomlinson.
The Chargers’ prized first-round pick that season wasted no time showing the home fans that the team made a good choice.
The Chargers got off to a great start that day when Tim Dwight returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown less than four minutes into the game. The Chargers then road LT to victory, handing him the ball 36 times. He gained 113 yards on the ground and scored two touchdowns as the Chargers blew the Redskins out by a score of 30-13.
It was a fabulous start to the season for a team that was coming off a 1-15 record in the 2000 season.
Chargers quarterback Doug Flutie just needed to complete 10 passes for the team to get the win and the performance led to a winning streak for the Chargers, as they began the season 3-0. Though the season took a turn for the worst right after that, it had found its running back of the future, one who would go on to be one of the best players in franchise history.