3. Virgil Green
When talking about this game we absolutely have to mention veteran tight end Virgil Green, who had to leave the game early due to a nasty-looking ankle injury. The severity of the injury has not yet been announced, but it was promising to see him put some weight on his ankle and walk off the field with assistance.
Green has always been known for his blocking capabilities and has never really been known as an elite threat in the passing game. However, he delivered one of the biggest receptions of the entire game for the Chargers.
Easton Stick‘s first-career pass attempt. It was a huge moment. Stick now ranks first all-time in quarterback career completion percentage (minimum one attempt).
In reality, the game-altering reception that Green came down with was a 26-yard touchdown grab in the third quarter. Green caught a beautiful pass from Justin Herbert and was able to get his two feet in bounds, quite literally, putting his body on the line for the touchdown.
While it was just one of several touchdowns, we cannot downplay how big this touchdown grab was. This allowed the Bolts to jump out to a 22-21 lead and who knows what would have happened if Herbert did not connect with Green there.
It was first down but a touchdown certainly was not guaranteed from the 26-yard line and with the way Michael Badgley has been kicking a field goal was not guaranteed, either.
It was just one big play, but Green absolutely deserves his credit in this win.