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Los Angeles Chargers: Reliving team’s 5 most disappointing seasons

31 Dec 1995: Runningback Zack Crocketts runs past defensive lineman Shawn Lee of the San Diego Chargers at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California. The Colts won the game 35-20. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport
31 Dec 1995: Runningback Zack Crocketts runs past defensive lineman Shawn Lee of the San Diego Chargers at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California. The Colts won the game 35-20. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport
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2006: The most disappointing finish in team history

It’s difficult to put the 2006 team on this list as I consider it to be the best team in franchise history. But that’s exactly why it makes the list.

The Chargers were arguably the best team in the NFL in 2006, posting an impressive 14-2 record. The only regular-season losses the team had that season were both on the road and both by a field goal. It became clear that the team was steamrolling toward the Super Bowl and on the back of LaDainian Tomlinson, that looked likely.

Tomlinson had one of the best individual seasons in NFL history that season, which culminated him in being chosen as the league’s MVP. He ran for 1,815 yards and an NFL record 28 touchdowns that year. But he did it through the air that season too, catching 51 passes for 508 yards and three more touchdowns.

But as good as things went in the regular season with the Chargers getting home-field advantage in the playoffs, they took a devastating turn in the postseason.

The New England Patriots came into Qualcomm Stadium for the divisional round and in a game that featured several twists and turns, the Patriots managed to pull out the upset win. That loss will be forever remembered for Marlon McCree‘s interception and immediate fumble back to the Pats when all he needed to do was drop to the field and the Chargers have a great shot to go on and win the game.

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Of course, he didn’t, so the Pats took advantage scored a touchdown and subsequent two-point conversion to tie the game.

To this day, fans talk about what could have been if he would have just gone down. It also provides a constant reminder of what is, at least in my opinion, the worst loss in team history.

Following that loss, the team fired Marty Schottenheimer, a terrible decision that won’t ever make any sense.

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