Keenan Allen is never one to shy away when approached by the media.
And he sure had a lot to say as he stood in front of his locker surrounded by a throng of reporters hanging on his every word.
It’s no surprise that he would have to hold court after a dominating performance against the Seattle Seahawks.
KA13 finished with six catches for 124 yards, averaging 20.7 yards per reception. He also carried the rock twice for 28 yards, averaging 14.0 yards per carry. Most importantly, his big plays came when the team needed him the most, proving why he’s one of the most clutch players in the NFL.
“That’s just who I am,” he said, almost offended that someone asked how it felt to come through in the clutch. “I’ve just got to make a play, man. We’ve got to stay on the field, and I want to stay on the field just as much as everybody else does, so I’m excited to do whatever I can do to catch the ball and stay on the field.”
Allen’s biggest play may have been the team’s first snap of the game.
Backed up at their own six-yard line, the team gave him the ball on a jet sweep, and he darted 28 yards to jumpstart a 94-yard touchdown drive. The 28-yard gain was the longest run of Allen’s career.
“I thought that was amazing,” he said nonchalantly. “I think it kind of quieted the crowd down for that whole drive and ever since that play, everything just rolled.”
That wasn’t the only huge play he’d make with the team backed up.
Facing a 3rd-and-15 from the L.A. 12-yard line, Allen beat his man on a scripted play to go deep, hauling in a perfect pass from Philip Rivers for a massive 54-yard gain. Just one snap later, Melvin Gordon raced 34 yards to pay dirt to give the Bolts a lead they would never surrender.
“Just another play,” Allen said matter-of-factly. “Phil told me to pump it. It was third down. It was 3rd-and-15, we knew they were going to play the stick (route), so we got them to bite (on the double move).”
The 54-yard catch was his second reception on the day, extending his franchise-record streak of multi-catch games to 60. In addition, he posted the 20th 100-yard receiving game of his career, tying Wes Chandler for the sixth-most in franchise history.
“It was a dominating performance by the team,” he said. “They’re hot, but we’re hotter. … I felt unstoppable at times today. Phil did a good job spreading the ball around, we made plays when we had to. I felt good.”
The Bolts have so many weapons on offense, but it’s clear when they need to make a play in the biggest moments, there’s no one they’d rather target than Allen.
“That’s what he does,” Mike Williams said. “Keenan Allen makes plays. That’s who he is. We all come out there, make plays and he got a lot of opportunities to make plays. Today, he made the best of them just like he usually does.”
“There’s always an effort to get one of your best players involved,” explained Head Coach Anthony Lynn. “Always. He was winning man coverage. He was getting open. He played well.”
Rivers has been through the fire enough times with Allen to know he is as clutch as they come. He also mentioned that 28-yard run off the jet sweep as a major play in the game, giving the wideout a ton of credit.
“Huge,” he said. “(Especially) when you’re backed up. We talk all the time, at least in the huddle we do, about getting a first down. Let’s just get a first down. We talk about that in the huddle. Let’s get one first down, and then let’s go on a seven-minute drive, 95 yards. We kind of say both. But we’ve got to get the first first down, and we did it both times.”