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LA Chargers: The 5 best moments of Anthony Lynn’s tenure

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 13: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on prior to a game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 13, 2018 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 13: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on prior to a game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 13, 2018 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
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(Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

1. The comeback vs. Kansas City, 2018

It is clear that Anthony Lynn peaked in the 2018 season and this was a defining moment. While a playoff win is obviously more impactful, this was Lynn’s best moment from a standpoint of the impact for the team as well as Lynn’s role in that impact.

The Chiefs were the best team in the league this season behind an insane MVP season from Patrick Mahomes. The Chargers, who just beat the Steelers on primetime two weeks prior, were getting more respect in this game, only entering as 3.5-point dogs in Kansas City.

That appeared to be a terrible line when the Chiefs took a 14-point lead with 8:15 remaining in the game. Philip Rivers and the offense then drove down the field, scoring a touchdown with 3:49 remaining to make it a one-possession game.

The defense needed a stop, and they got it. Darius Philon tackled Damien Williams for a three-yard loss, the team kept Tyreek Hill from exploding for a big game, containing him to five yards and then Isaac Rochell came up with the sack of his career, burying Patrick Mahomes in the backfield.

Let’s not forget that Desmond King muffed the punt but scooped it up to keep the dream alive. With one timeout and 2:37 remaining, the Chargers have a chance.

There are four plays that stand out from this drive. First was the 31-yard pass to Travis Benjamin on first and 20 in which Benjamin got lit up and held onto it. Second was the 26-yard completion to Benjamin on fourth and seven in which Rivers fit the ball perfectly into Benjamin’s hands, who turned around at the perfect time to make the catch.

Then there is Mike Williams’ touchdown reception and the wide-open two-point conversion. This is Lynn’s best moment as this was the one time that Lynn played to win and it paid off. The Chargers converted the two-point conversion for the win, giving themselves a chance to win the division down the stretch.

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They ultimately did not win the division, because of the loss to Baltimore, but it was still a great win nonetheless.

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