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Vincent Brown Comes Up Clutch
Keenan Allen’s superb rookie season has grabbed a ton of attention, and rightfully so.
Then there’s Eddie Royal who has seven touchdowns on the year, future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates who is having another Pro Bowl caliber season, Danny Woodhead leading all running backs in receptions and Ladarius Green who’s had a pair of huge games for the Bolts.
All the while Vincent Brown, a player that Philip Rivers has a lot of confidence in, was biding his time, waiting for when his chance would come.
That time was Thursday night in Denver.
Brown had three catches on the day, each one more spectacular than the next. The best by far was his 32-yard sprawling dive in the second half that put the Bolts into Denver territory. On 3rd-and-9 at the San Diego 33-yard line less than three minutes into the third quarter, the Chargers knew they had to convert and get points to extend their lead. Rivers dropped back and threw a perfect pass up the left sideline. Brown went full extension to make an incredible catch to keep the drive alive.
“They were tight on man coverage, and we had a good play so it actually worked out perfect,” he said. “I came off the edge and got kind of a little pick by Keenan when he went around the corner. So I took off and I saw the ball in the air from there and tried to come down with the catch.”
Eventually, the team took a two touchdown lead after Ryan Mathews ran 23-yards into the end zone. Afterwards in the locker room, many of Browns teammates said that may have very well been the play of the game.
“That catch he had on third and long on the bomb was a great catch,” said Jeromey Clary. “That was a huge turning point in the game. When you have playmakers like that, it makes all our jobs a lot easier.”
So how satisfying was it for Brown to come up with the big plays when his team needed him the most?
“It feels good,” he said with his wide trademark smile. “I’m just trying to make plays and that’s the big thing. We have a lot of weapons on offense. We were able to click and everybody contributed. When everybody does there thing, tonight showed what we can do.”