No. 4: Marion Butts, January 2, 1993
The 1992 Chargers will always be remembered for overcoming an 0-4 start to the season and making the playoffs. They did so but winning 11 of their last 12 regular-season games.
Two of their five losses that season came at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs, who they drew in the Wild Card round. But as you may have heard before, one of the hardest things to do in the NFL is beat the same team three times in a season.
The Chiefs had that problem on this day right after the new year in 1993.
The Chargers’ defense was what won this game as Leslie O’Neal had an interception and he, Shawn Lee and Burt Grossman combined for 6.5 sacks in the game. But it was Butts who was the catalyst on offense.
Butts was a workhorse runner and would often get the tough yards for the Chargers. He had the biggest play of the game in this one as he broke a scoreless tie in the third quarter when he took a handoff from Stan Humphries, broke a tackle and raced 54 yards to the end zone.
The Chargers went on to win the game, shutting out their division rivals, 17-0.