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Chargers best games from 2018: Keenan Allen vs Pittsburgh Steelers

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 02: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after a first down reception in the first quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 02: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after a first down reception in the first quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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The Chargers 2018 regular season and postseason games featured highlight performances from stars and contributors alike…

The Chargers were the beneficiaries of some outstanding performances from their players on offense, defense, and even special teams. As the 2019 season approaches, let’s take a look back at some of the most dominant appearances from some of these Chargers players. Up first: Keenan Allen vs Pittsburgh Steelers.

The stats: 14 catches, 148 yards (10.6 yards per reception), one touchdown.

Allen routinely abused corners and (because the Steelers thought this was a good idea) linebackers throughout the game:

SECOND PASS OF THE GAME. Pittsburgh really thought LB #54 LJ Fort (making his 2nd career start) could cover WR1 Keenan Allen. He clearly cannot, yet the Steelers continued to use him all game long. pic.twitter.com/LXzDRMIndB

— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) December 3, 2018

Allen was in the middle of a dominant stretch in 2018, scoring a touchdown in his previous three games. The game he didn’t score a touchdown before that: six catches for 124 yards against the Seattle Seahawks. The Steelers tried corners, linebackers, and safeties, and it just didn’t work. So they tried two defenders at once:

Great catch by Keenan Allen! He's got 29.50 FPTS and the touchdown.pic.twitter.com/SpwA7kVPIv

— DraftKings (@DraftKings) December 3, 2018

Whoops.

Maybe that’s a lucky play by Allen, one that should not have ever resulted in a touchdown to give his team momentum. The question I ask to you Chargers fans is: who cares, right?

Outside of the above touchdown, his most important catch of the game came in the fourth quarter, on third down, with the team tied 30-30. This was more vintage Keenan Allen, gaining 12 yards and bringing the team within field goal range to help finish off one of the greatest team comebacks in recent memory.

Next. A look at the team's defensive line depth chart

More of these single-game standouts are on the way here on Bolt Beat. Are there any you think should be featured? Is there a hidden performance the stats don’t reflect that should be highlighted? Sound off below.

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