4. Antonio Gates, Hall-of-Blamer
— Roto Street Journal (@RotoStJournal) December 23, 2018
Well, that one stunk.
Not a single Chargers fan doubted that Rivers, down six, was going to lead his team to another come-from-behind victory in primetime just a week removed from having done the same in a thrilling victory over the Chiefs.
Instead, Antonio Gates lost the football, which was then recovered for the game-clinching touchdown by the Ravens defense. It follows them through the line for most of these “worst plays”: A critical error in a loss that kept the Chargers out of the top seed in the AFC.
Fortunately, the Bolts would get their revenge in the playoffs.
3. Caleb Sturgis plays himself out of a job
This says it all:
Caleb Sturgis is questionable to return (murdered by Philip Rivers) pic.twitter.com/pQTMMYxSDm
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 4, 2018
When you’ve got Rivers on the verge of uttering a swear word, you know you’ve done something wrong. And against the Seattle Seahawks, Caleb Sturgis just couldn’t do anything right:
- 1-3 on extra points
- 0-1 on field goals
- 10-yard tripping penalty
Sure, it’s not one play, but simply the culmination of multiple bad plays from a kicker with multiple bad games. Fortunately, the Chargers held on to Michael Badgley, who went from unknown undrafted free agent to fan-favorite almost instantly.