In classic Chargers fashion, Justin Herbert and the offense got the ball down three with just over a minute left to play against the Green Bay Packers. Herbert and the offense had to drive 80 yards with no timeouts to take the, or at the very least, drive about 45 yards to get into Cameron Dicker's field goal range.
This has been a spot that has haunted the Chargers this season (as evident by the team's several one-score losses). Yet despite all of the previous failures in these spots, Sunday's failed game-winning drive against Green Bay was easily the most painful of the year.
Rookie first-round pick Quentin Johnston beat his man off the line and was wide open down the field for what could have been a game-winning touchdown, and at the very least, would have resulted in the team being in field-goal range. Herbert delivered the perfect pass, placing the ball exactly where every single receiver in the NFL would want it.
Johnston dropped it. Herbert's fourth-down pass was tipped at the line and the game was over. Just like that.
Quentin Johnston cements bust status in Chargers' loss to Packers
Quentin Johnston has been under scrutiny this season as he has produced next to nothing for the Chargers thus far. Johnston was forced to take a bigger role in the offense after injuries to Mike Williams and Joshua Palmer and in the process he has proven that he is not NFL ready.
The exact same concerns that tanked Johnston's draft stock back in April are showing up. And of course, the Chargers were the foolish team that overlooked those concerns and too Johnston because of his physical traits.
Johnston's physical traits should have made him the first receiver in the NFL Draft. Most other receivers that have the same physical traits as Johnston go in the top 10. Johnston fell because of his drop problem in college and his inability to make contested catches. Chargers fans are now more than familiar with these woes.
Making matters worse is the fact that Zay Flowers and Jordan Addison were picked directly after Johnston and both receivers have been excellent in their rookie years. Both Flowers and Addison made more sense for the Chargers before the draft as well.
If Flowers or Addison were wearing powder blue then they would have made that catch and the Chargers would have (at least) sent the game into overtime. Instead, Chargers fans are left with the painful reminder that the team took Quentin Johnston instead.