1993: Chargers drop to 8-8 after playoff appearance the year before
Following that streak of nine seasons without making the playoffs, the Chargers started the 1992 season 0-4 and it looked like more of the same was coming to San Diego. But the team rallied to win 11 of its final 12 games to qualify for the playoffs.
In the Wild Card round of the playoffs, the Chargers delivered a shutout against the hated Kansas City Chiefs and even though they were obliterated by the Dolphins in the next round, spirits were high because of what the team had overcome to make the playoffs.
Ending the season with such momentum was sure to bring great things, right?
After winning two of their first three games to start the 1993 season, the Chargers came out of their bye week flat and lost three games in a row. Two of those three losses came within the division and though the Chargers bounced back with two wins in a row, back-to-back losses to the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Raiders left them at 4-6 and with the playoffs starting to get out of their reach.
The Chargers battled all season and the team defeated the Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to close the season, but at 8-8, the team finished fourth in the AFC West and on the outside looking in at the playoffs.
It started to look like the ’92 season was a bit of a fluke.