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Top 10 Chargers plays of the 2018 regular season

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Derwin James #33 of the Los Angeles Chargers intercepts the ball in front of Gerald Everett #81 of the Los Angeles Rams during the second quarter of the game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Derwin James #33 of the Los Angeles Chargers intercepts the ball in front of Gerald Everett #81 of the Los Angeles Rams during the second quarter of the game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 02: Mike Badgley #4 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates with Virgil Green #88 after kicking the game winning field goal to give the Chargers a 33-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 02: Mike Badgley #4 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates with Virgil Green #88 after kicking the game winning field goal to give the Chargers a 33-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

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10. Philip Rivers to Mike Williams for the 42-yard touchdown

Philip Rivers to WR Mike Williams for a 42-yard touchdown.

Marcus Peters was all over him.pic.twitter.com/HUbouMDiDB

— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 23, 2018

This is not the best play by Williams all season, nor is it the best throw from Rivers to make the list, but everything behind the touchdown helps it break the top 10 over the honorable mentions.

It’s more than a score, and its impact was felt in two important ways: One, in that it further established Williams as an emerging weapon for the Chargers after such an awful rookie year, and two in that Rivers finally exorcized some demons against former AFC West rival Marcus Peters.

Peters was the interceptor of so many errant throws by Rivers in 2017, so to see the Chargers’ quarterback finally make a great throw to a worthy wide receiver (aka, not trying to hit Travis Benjamin deep) meant a world of a difference to fans.

Pretty darn good throw and catch, too.

9. Mike Badgley makes the game-winner vs the Pittsburgh Steelers

3rd times the charm. #Steelers go offsides on 3 straight attempts (one miss, one block and one declined)That was crazy. pic.twitter.com/xhoRs29tfB

— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) December 3, 2018

What a game.

It’s not exactly a “highlight reel” kind of play, but it was the play that officially won the game for the Bolts. Aided by two (and followed by a third) offsides penalties, Mike Badgley knocked one through the uprights for a 29-yard score to give the Chargers what they had been seeking for years: Recognition. That, and respect, which is the kind of thing that is earned when your team comes from behind on the road to win what was at the time their biggest victory in years. The Chargers showed they belonged.

8. Tyrell Williams’ touchdown vs Cleveland Browns

Tyrell Williams caught this TD with THREE #Browns defenders around him. Triple coverage didn't matter.pic.twitter.com/suYAHPiZHL

— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) October 14, 2018

Not to be mistaken for the touchdown “caused by” a missed false-start penalty, this deep score had a little bit of everything in it. At this point in the season, the Chargers were in full “expletive-and-chuck-it” mode, and Tyrell Williams was on a hot streak.

99 percent of the time, this ball is picked; after all, who throws into triple coverage 45 yards away? Rivers and Williams apparently didn’t care about statistics, and instead boosted their own game stats with an impressive pitch and catch where No. 16 beat three Cleveland Browns defenders for a touchdown. Thank goodness for the NFL rules favoring the offensive player.

7. Desmond King’s INT for a TD vs Seattle Seahawks

#Chargers Desmond King takes in a smooth #pick6 for the #Chargers #FightForEachOther #Seahawks #LACvsSEApic.twitter.com/ARkwzXuxxe

— Gabriel Schray PxP (@schrayguy) November 4, 2018

I can’t say the interception was the greatest of the season, but the touchdown ended up being the deciding score of the game. Here, Desmond King further establishes himself as one of the best corners in the NFL, as well as one of the best young “big play” guys on the team.

In a year in which almost every Chargers’ secondary player regressed, King improved. How can you not root for the former fifth-round selection?

But it won’t be the last time you see King on the list, either.

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