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Five Best Plays of the Chargers' 2019 Season

Here are five of the most electrifying plays of the Bolts' 2019 season:

Austin Ekeler Called 'Game'

Austin Ekeler started the season off right with a game-winning touchdown run against the Colts in overtime.

The seven-yard score was Ekeler's third of the day to go with 154 total yards on 18 touches.

"He's always been that way," wide receiver Keenan Allen said of Ekeler's Week 1 performance. "Explosive, breaking tackles, hard runner. He just has that motor, coming in and being that juice we need."

Rivers, Ekeler Connect for 84-yard TD

In Jacksonville in Week 14, Philip Rivers and Ekeler connected for an 84-yard touchdown pass, the longest play of each player's career. 

"I was just looking up at the Jumbotron, running as fast as I could," Ekeler said of the play.

After the game, the third-year undrafted running back expressed surprise that the play also marked Rivers' longest in the NFL.

"Longest ever?" Ekeler said. "Wow. That's a crazy stat. Ever? Nice. I'll be in the history books with Phil."

Ekeler rushed for 101 yards and tallied 112 yards receiving in the 45-10 win, becoming the second Chargers player in team history to have 100-plus rushing yards and 100-plus receiving yards in a single game since RB Lionel James in 1985.

Desmond King's 68-Yard TD Return

Desmond King's 68-yard punt return touchdown late in the third quarter of Week 5 sparked the Bolts, providing the team's first points of the game.

"It felt like, 'Here we go,' especially after the punt return (touchdown)," Rivers reflected after the game. "That punt return came after the interception, I think. At one point, sitting there, I said, 'We're going to have the ball with a chance to tie it or win it with three or four minutes left,' and we did. We just couldn't get it done."

The Chargers would ultimately fall short, but they outscored the Broncos 13-3 in the second half.

Mike Williams' Miraculous Mexico City Catch 

Mike Williams led the NFL this season with 20.4 yards per catch and his eight 40-plus-yard receptions tied for the league lead with Titans receiver A.J. Brown and Vikings wideout Stefon Diggs.

On fourth-and-long in the final minute of the Bolts' Week 11 game, wide receiver Mike Williams kept the Chargers' hopes alive by reeling in a 50-yard catch at the Chiefs' 25-yard-line. The spectacular grab, which Williams made between two Kansas City defenders, set up a game-tying field goal.

Joey Bosa's Clutch Fourth-Quarter Sack

Defensive end Joey Bosa recorded several late-game sacks on third down this season, but his most memorable came against the Bears in Week 8.

The takedown forced a punt in the final minutes of the Chargers' 17-16 victory in Chicago.

"He was an important factor, obviously," defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said of Bosa's performance. "He's playing at a really high level...(In the game against the Bears), a lot of attention was drawn to [DE] Melvin (Ingram). That's the good thing about having two good rushers like that. It's hard to point out both of them and take care of both of them."

Honorable Mentions

Drue Tranquill's Punt Block vs. Packers

Rookie linebacker Drue Tranquill's second punt block of the season led to the Chargers' first touchdown of the game against the Packers. The Bolts went on to win the game, 26-11.

Casey Hayward's Leaping Interception

Cornerback Casey Hayward intercepted Mitch Trubisky for 37 yards to the Bears' 20-yard-line in the fourth quarter with his team trailing 16-10. The pick halted a potential Chicago scoring drive at a critical juncture and set up a field goal attempt for the Bolts, who ended up winning the game.

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