No. 3: Dan Fouts, January 9, 1983
This was the first Wild Card game in team history and truthfully, there are several Chargers that could have gotten the game ball for this win. But Fouts was the leader and it was his nearly flawless play in this game that lands him on this list.
Taking on the powerful Steelers, the Chargers overcame many obstacles to win this game.
James Brooks fumbled the opening kickoff and the Steelers returned it for a touchdown. Brooks actually fumbled the ensuing kickoff as well but managed to recover the ball, leaving the Chargers pinned deep in their own territory at their own 2-yard line.
The Chargers managed to take that drive down the field and get a field goal, but the Steelers kept the pressure on, taking a 28-17 lead in the fourth quarter.
Fouts helped to rally the troops, throwing two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Kellen Winslow, including the game-winner with less than one minute to play. Winslow finished the game with 102 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Running back Chuck Muncie ran for 126 yards and Wes Chandler also had a nice day, catching nine passes for 124 yards. But it was Fouts, who completed 27-of-42 passes for 333 yards and three touchdowns for a quarterback rating of 112.5 that was the difference.
Though the strike-shortened 1982 season didn’t end the way the Chargers hoped it would, this win over the Steelers remains as one of the best wins in the team’s postseason history nearly 40 years later.