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Chargers best games of 2018: Michael Badgley vs Cincinnati Bengals

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 09: Kicker Mike Badgley #4 of the Los Angeles Chargers and punter Donnie Jones #5 watch for the field goal in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at StubHub Center on December 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 09: Kicker Mike Badgley #4 of the Los Angeles Chargers and punter Donnie Jones #5 watch for the field goal in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at StubHub Center on December 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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The Chargers 2018 regular season and postseason games featured highlight performances from stars and contributors alike. Up next, Michael Badgley…

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. The last article covered the face of the franchise, Philip Rivers, carving up the Kansas City Chiefs. This week, an unexpected hero: Michael Badgley vs Cincinnati Bengals.

The Stats:

  • 4-4 on field goal attempts
  • 2-2 on extra point tries
  • 20.2 average kickoff return

After a brief stint as the Chargers’ kicker in Weeks 6 and 7, Badgley was relegated to a reserve role behind Caleb Sturgis for Weeks 8 and 9 after the veteran kicker returned to full health. Sturgis, however, became an unbearable eyesore for fans and players alike, and was cut after just two weeks. Badgley was finally given the starting role, and proceeded to miss just one field goal attempt (his only miss of the season) up until the Bengals game.

Just two weeks removed from a smashing of the Arizona Cardinals, the Chargers found themselves in a tight game against a similarly talented opponent. With their last touchdown coming at 14:51 remaining in the second quarter, the Chargers relied on their rookie kicker to score their remaining points en route to a narrow victory.

The most impressive kick came at the end of one of the team’s most impressive drives last season, where Rivers led a quick-strike offense into Bengals territory to set up a long field goal. 59 yards would have been a franchise record; did he make it?

¡59 YARDAS! ??⚡️

Michael Badgley anota el gol de campo más largo de su carrera para aumentar la ventaja de los @Chargers antes de la mitad #CINvsLAC #FightForEachOther #NFLMX pic.twitter.com/8H6Xxz29Ix

— NFL México (@nflmx) December 9, 2018

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They call him “Money Badger” for a reason; of course he made it.

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