To say that the Chargers making the playoffs in 2008 was improbable would be an understatement. It was flat out incredible.
The Chargers had a rough start to the season, losing their first two games to the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. In the game against the Panthers, Both losses were extremely tough to swallow.
Against the Panthers, the Chargers held a 5-point lead but with two seconds left on the clock, Jake Delhomme threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Dante Rosario on the last play of the game. The following week against Denver, the Broncos scored a touchdown after Ed Hochuli botched a call on a play that was a clear fumble by Denver quarterback Jay Cutler. Gifted with the six points, the Broncos decided to go for a two-point conversion, which they converted, to win the game 39-38.
The Chargers bounced back to win their next two games over the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders, but on November 30, it seemed they were a team preparing for the next season.
On November 30, the Chargers sat at 4-8 and the Broncos were 7-5. Denver was three games ahead of the Chargers with four games left to play. Here’s how things went for each team from that point.
Defeat Kansas City Chiefs 24-17
Lose to Carolina Panthers 30-10
Lose to Buffalo Bills 30-23
Defeat Raiders 34-7
Defeat Chiefs 22-21
Defeat Tampa Bay Buccaneers 41-24
That set up a season finale between the 7-8 Chargers and the 8-7 Broncos. The game would be played at Qualcomm Stadium and would take place on Sunday Night Football. What a game for Chargers fans.
The Chargers blew the Broncos out, winning 52-21. In the process, the got revenge from the Hochuli game and won the AFC West division with a record of 8-8. The team was able to carry that momentum into the playoffs by defeating Peyton Manning and a heavily favored Indianapolis Colts team in overtime.
The Chargers finally bowed out in the divisional round of the playoffs against the Pittsburgh Steelers.