1995: Chargers can’t get back to the Super Bowl
As disappointing as the 1993 season was, the Chargers energized their fans with a magical run to the Super Bowl the very next year. Though a 49-26 loss to the San Francisco 49ers was highly disappointing in it of itself, the Chargers weren’t supposed to be there and gave plenty of hope for the future that they could get back.
The team was competitive again in 1995, still seething following the humiliating loss to the Niners.
The Chargers dropped their opener in 1995 to the Raiders before winning three games in a row. However, they then lost six of their next seven games and the phrase “same ol’ Chargers” likely got tossed around frequently.
But the team came together to win their last five games and finish the season 9-7, qualifying for the playoffs. One of those wins came against the Indianapolis Colts, the team they drew in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
The Chargers may have been guilty of looking past the Colts in that game, thinking that their past run to the Super Bowl and previous win over the Colts that season would allow them to glide into the next round.
That didn’t happen.
The Colts came out and punched the Chargers in the mouth. Despite losing Marshall Faulk on the first play of the game, the Colts turned to rookie running back Zack Crockett who ran all over the Bolts. He had 147 yards rushing (a Colts playoff record) and two touchdowns in the game.