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Although the Chargers have lost their way
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This is a great time of year to be thankful for what we have Joey Bosa Jerseys 2019 , where we have been, and what the future holds.  a bit in recent years, the month of December still holds such incredible promise! This advent calendar is an attempt to hearken back to these days of December joy. Each day will bring a new advent from the Bolts’ history that makes it wonderful to be a Chargers fan.Dec. 12: Kellen Winslow Loses 13lbs in One DayPlayoff football is special. Sometimes the win-or-go-home atmosphere raises a good game into the halls of greatness. Once every few decades, however, a game earns such a title regardless of the time of year. THIS game happened to be in the playoffs. THIS game happened to be one of the greatest spectacles on Earth.This game in particular, won by the Chargers in overtime (41–38), is one of the most famous in NFL lore because of the conditions on the field, the performances of players on both teams, and the litany of records that were set. To really set the mood, it was referred to in the Miami Herald as the “Miracle That Died”, while Sports Illustrated dubbed it the “Game No One Should Have Lost.” The Epic in Miami has been a point of discussion this week because the Dolphins(!) used a hook-and-ladder play(!!) to defeat the New England Patriots. While the game winning play was quite different than that seen in the Epic in Miami (they are all very individual beasts), it brought back some fond memories for the Chargers faithful.In the days before Patriots dominance, the Dolphins finished the 1981 regular season by winning the AFC East with an 11–4–1 record. San Diego won their 3rd straight AFC West title in 1981 with a 10–6 record, beating out Denver, who also finished 10–6. The Chargers’ high-powered offense led the NFL in scoring (478 points), passing yards (4,739), and total yards (6,744).Yow! However, San Diego’s defense ranked only 26th in the league (at the time there were only 28 teams)Ow!First HalfBy the time the first quarter ended, San Diego had a commanding 24–0 lead. It looked like the outcome of the game was already decided. After Miami’s next drive resulted in an incompletion, two sacks, and a fumble (which Miami recovered), coach Don Shula replaced QB David Woodley with backup Don Strock early in the second quarter to see whether he could spark the Dolphins offense. That’s exactly what he did.Your browser does not support HTML5 video.Later in the half, San Diego faced a fourth down on the Dolphins’ 37-yard line. The Chargers decided to attempt a 55-yard field goal, but missed, giving the ball back to the Dolphins near midfield. Three plays later, Miami moved the ball to San Diego’s 40-yard line with only six seconds left in the half. A kick was out of the question, so they attempted one last play, a clear Hail Mary. In a play known as a “hook and lateral” (and lovingly remembered as Hook and Ladder for short), Strock took the snap and threw to Duriel Harris at the right side of the 25-yard line. Harris caught the ball and immediately lateraled it outside-and-back to the trailing Tony Nathan. The Chargers defense was completely surprised, and Nathan took it untouched for 29 yards down the sideline and a touchdown to cut the deficit to 24–17. Going into the locker rooms at halftime, the Dolphins had closed the game to within one score and regained all the momentum in the world. The Chargers had apparently Chargered, right?Second HalfIn the 3rd Quarter, Miami immediately tied the game. Then San Diego immediately responded with a TD of their own! And then Miami tied it up again! AND THEN Miami intercepted Dan Fouts (Editor’s note:better known as Doug Fouts), lateraled AGAIN, and soon scored a TD to bring them to the lead. The NFL’s leading offense quickly tied it up again before the 3rd quarter ended.As the 4th quarter neared its end, the Dolphins had a 7 point advantage. Fouts led his team on a 4-minute drive down to Miami’s nine-yard line with only 58 seconds left in regulation. A heavy Dolphins pass rush forced Fouts to throw a blind pass intended for Kellen Winslow into the end zone. The pass sailed over Winslow’s head but went right into the arms of would-be-blocker James Brooks for a touchdown to tie the game.Then the Chargers tried a squib kick, but the Dolphins maximized on the now-great field position. They moved from their own 40 down to the Chargers’ six-yard line with just enough time for one more play. Kellen Winslow extended his reach just enough to deflect the kick and this game headed to overtime! 38-38.OvertimeWith the players of both teams exhausted and dehydrated, everyone was hoping for a quick end to the madness, but that would not be the case. San Diego won the coin toss and marched down the field, driving inside the Dolphins 10-yard line. They then attempted a game-winning 27-yard field goal, but a bad snap and poor hold made the kick sail wide left. Miami then drove deep into Chargers territory, setting up a 35-yard field goal attempt for the Dolphins to win. The kick was low, and defensive lineman Leroy Jones managed to leap in the air and block it.San Diego took over at its own 16-yard line after the blocked field goal. Fouts led his team 74 yards to Miami’s 10-yard line, where they attempted a 29-yard field goal. This time White Joey Bosa Jerseys , the kick was good, giving the Chargers a 41–38 win after 13 minutes and 52 seconds of overtime play.Notable QuotablesChargers coach Don Coryell after the game:Miami coach Don Shula agreed:Chargers running back Hank Bauer:But perhaps the best performance of the game was put in by Kellen Winslow. In addition to his blocked field goal, he recorded an NFL-playoff-record 13 receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown, despite suffering numerous injuries. During the contest, he was treated for a pinched nerve in his shoulder, dehydration, severe cramps, and a gash in his lower lip that required three stitches. Picturing of an exhausted Winslow being helped off the field by two teammates after the game is an enduring image in NFL lore and has been replayed constantly ever since.Kellen Winslow being helped off the field after the Epic in MiamiSan Diego Union-TribuneSo incredible was Kellen Winslow’s effort that reporters cited that he lost 13lbs that game.13 pounds!The extent of Winslow’s weight loss has mystified a lot of writers since that fateful day. In fact, recently SB Nation writer David Pincus did his best to separate fact from fiction.So, while we don’t have the benefit of a before-and-after physical, real accounts from that game and since indicate significant poundage being lost.Ever since the Epic in Miami, the San Diego Chargers have not defeated the Dolphins in Miami. Until that day, though, we’ll always have the Epic to fall back on.-Jason “Guaranteed Weight Loss Formula” MichaelsRoster Watch: Craig Mager closing in on fifth cornerback spot Craig Mager is like a cockroach that just won’t die. You can bench him, banish him to the practice squad, even give his job to an undrafted free agent, and he just won’t go away. And, to the dismay of many, it seems Mager is poised to last at least another season with the Los Angeles Chargers.Yes, you read that right. With two weeks remaining in the preseason, and the week three “dress rehearsal” looming this weekend, the team continues to give every indication that Craig Mager has a virtual vice grip on what figures to be the fifth and final spot on the cornerback depth chart.As excited as the fans were about undrafted free agents Brandon Facyson and Tony Brown entering camp, the coaches have been even more excited about the perceived new-and-improved Craig Mager. They have repeatedly praised him for the way he handled his demotion to the practice squad in 2017, and Ron Milus, Gus Bradley and Philip Rivers have all praised his improved attitude and technique. You might say they’ve been effusive in their praise.They’re all but telling us he’s going to make the cut, folks.And, while I don’t remember Mager so much as being targeted in either preseason game, that probably only helps his case. I mean, as bad as he’s been in the past; it’s hard for him to do anything to hurt his cause if teams don’t challenge him. This is particularly true if the coaching staff is actively looking for a reason to carry him.What’s more, if the preseason rotations in the defensive backfield are any indication, Facyson and Brown aren’t really even nipping at Mager’s heels for that fifth spot on the depth chart, either.It looks to me like Jeff Richards, who spent all of last season on the Chargers practice squad, is currently the sixth corner on the depth chart, and might also be the only player with a chance to unseat Mager. Richards has played every snap with the second team through two preseason games and hasn’t really done anything to help or hurt himself.Granted, Brandon Facyson played opposite Richards in Arizona, and had a pretty good game in doing so, but he was promptly shuttled back to the third team when Hayward returned against Seattle. While Tony Brown has functioned as Des King’s primary backup at slot corner in both games, I’m just not sure he’s done enough on defense or on special teams to overcome the deep ball he yielded against the Cardinals.What does all this mean? Well, for starters, barring a major change in the pecking order, it almost certainly means Craig Mager is going to be the fifth corner when the Los Angeles Chargers break camp at the end of August. But for all you Facyson and Brown fans, it likely also means they’re competing with Jeff Richards for what figures to be no more than two practice squad spots. Right now my money is on Richards and Facyson nabbing those spots.So, don’t be surprised if Craig Mager makes this team and, while we’re at it...please don’t shoot the messenger. Custom Los Angeles Chargers Jerseys

 

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