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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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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – DECEMBER 13: Strong safety Jahleel Addae #37 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after the Chargers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 29-28 to win the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – DECEMBER 13: Strong safety Jahleel Addae #37 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after the Chargers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 29-28 to win the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

2. Jahleel Addae makes a play…sort of

Jahleel Addae regressed in the worst way possible this season, one year removed from notching 96 tackles and playing in 16 games.

Guys like Tyreek Hill, George Kittle, Lindsay, and the aforementioned Andrews all burned Addae for scores. So when No. 37 finally had a chance to make what felt like his first big play of the season, he did just that.

And then… he didn’t.

Jahleel Addae yes yes yes no no NO NO!!!.pic.twitter.com/YRj0ATWwfL

— Sporting News (@sportingnews) December 30, 2018

I don’t know what to say. This is the kind of thing you do playing backyard football or trying to have some fun in your annual Turkey Bowl.

It’s not, however, the kind of mistake your $22.5 million dollar NFL safety should be making, on the road, against a division rival, in a game your team needs to win to have a shot at the No.1 seed.

1. Philip Rivers makes a massive mistake

There are three things that can happen when you throw the football: A completion, an incompletion, or an interception.

Good news is, Rivers didn’t throw a pick:

Five key plays from the Broncos dramatic 23-22 victory at the Chargers —> including Denver’s final defensive stop courtesy of a Philip Rivers misfire https://t.co/NKWlPGadBe pic.twitter.com/0UkvXE9Mfq

— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) November 19, 2018

The bad news: The Chargers’ offense gave the timeout-less Broncos extra clock to manage a game-winning field goal with time expiring.

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What makes it worse is that Rivers and company tried a wide receiver screen earlier in the game that resulted in a Von Miller interception that set up the Broncos for a quick score to bring them back in the game.

So, just needing a run play to chew some extra clock with 2:00 left in the fourth quarter, they decided to draw up the same play to Keenan Allen… on the SAME side Miller was lined up on. Guess what? No. 58 read the play again to force the quick incompletion from Rivers.

Plays that would have been a better idea:

  • Running punter Donnie Jones up the middle from the Wildcat formation.
  • That fake punt play the Colts tried in 2015
  • Letting defensive end Melvin Ingram take the snap, run backwards to his own one yard line, and throwing the ball 100 yards (which he can allegedly do) for an incompletion.

Instead, we got a pass that took all of two seconds off the clock, which gave the Broncos all the time they needed to break the Bolts’ hearts at home.

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