Moment of the Year: Ekeler’s game-winning touchdown in Week 1
What started as the year-end awards for the Chargers has turned into the Ekeler show as he is really taking home some accolades on our list here, but that just speaks to the terrific season he had.
In Week 1, with expectations riding high, the Chargers met the Indianapolis Colts in a battle that some were even saying could end up being an AFC Championship Game preview. It lived up to the hype in Week 1 as the Colts and Chargers fought to a 24-24 tie through four quarters.
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The Chargers got the ball first to start overtime and knowing that a touchdown would clinch a victory, they went for the kill.
Rivers started the drive with an 18-yard completion to Allen followed by a 17-yard connection with Henry. Ekeler ran for 29 yards on three carries on the drive, including a 19-yard run that took the Chargers into the red zone.
With first-and-goal from the Colts’ 7-yard line just a few plays later, Ekeler followed his blocks into the end zone for the game-winning score, setting off a huge celebration at Dignity Health Sports Park.
Unfortunately, spirits amongst the fanbase never returned to that level all season, which is why it wins the award for best moment of the year.