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Top 10 worst plays of the Chargers’ 2018 season

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Desmond King #20 of the Los Angeles Chargers attempts to catch a pass during the third quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Desmond King #20 of the Los Angeles Chargers attempts to catch a pass during the third quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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BALTIMORE, MD – NOVEMBER 30: Tight end Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers picks up yards after a second quarter catch during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 30, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD – NOVEMBER 30: Tight end Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers picks up yards after a second quarter catch during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 30, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

4. Antonio Gates, Hall-of-Blamer

#RavensFlock DEFENSE comes up huge! Antonio Gates fumble is taken to the crib! #BALvsLAC pic.twitter.com/Ma8xFbQVPD

— 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.

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