No. 5: Vincent Jackson, January 6, 2008
Coming into this game, the Chargers had not won a postseason game since defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1994 AFC Championship Game. After heartbreaking playoff losses to the New York Jets and New England Patriots in the year’s leading up to this game, fans were hungry for a win.
And it didn’t come easily.
The Tennessee Titans were able to shut down the Chargers in the first half and took a 6-0 lead into the locker room. In the second half, Philip Rivers decided to target his two big wide receivers on the outside, with Vincent Jackson having a big game.
The Charges actually had two receivers go over 100 yards receiving in this one, Jackson and Chris Chambers. But it was Jackson who found the end zone on a 20-yard reception in the third quarter that allowed the Chargers to take their first lead of the game.
Jackson and Chambers were the difference in this game as the Chargers had a tough time mustering much offense with any other player. LaDainian Tomlinson was held in check, touching the ball 24 times in the game but gaining just 61 total yards.
But Jackson finished the day with five receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown as the Chargers defeated the Titans 17-6 and advanced in the playoffs for the first time in over a decade.