Chargers’ bad eggs: Worst games under GM Tom Telesco

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SAN DIEGO, CA – OCTOBER 25: Neiko Thorpe #31 of the Oakland Raiders breaks up a pass to Steve Johnson #11 of the San Diego Chargers during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 25, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Chargers barely hold on to beat a second-string team to sneak into the playoffs

Chase Daniel. Knile Davis. A.J. Jenkins, Dexter McCluster, Junior Hemingway. Allen Bailey, Husain Abdullah, Nico Johnson. Who?

That’s the quarterback, leading rusher, three leading receivers, and three leading tacklers for the Kansas City Chiefs in a late-December match up in Qualcomm. And it took an overtime kick from Nick Novak to beat them.

Did the Chargers win? Absolutely. Did they make the playoffs? Yes, and they even took home a Wild Card win against the Cincinnati Bengals that postseason. But the Bolts let a second-string quarterback rush for 8.43 yards per carry and lead his team of misfits to more first downs than the team of “starters” with something to fight for did.

Chargers blown out by Raiders at home

Long ago, in an alternate dimension, the Raiders were a really scary team that had the potential to make the Super Bowl. The year was 2015, and the Chargers would finish with a 4-12 record, good enough to select Joey Bosa at third overall in the following draft. It sucked.

This one’s personal. I love my dad, and I love going to football games with him, but once a year we attend the Raiders-Chargers game, and pay good money to do so since he is a massive Silver and Black fan. Watching him laugh and giggle his Raiders on to a 30-6 half time lead was excruciating. The crowd was pro-Raiders, the Chargers were getting annihilated by their division rivals, and the beer cost way too much money (as always).

Nothing like an hour-long walk back to the bus hearing the infamous “San Diego, Super Chokers” alternative version…

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