No. 3 impact play: Razor-sharp Rivers

March, 6, 2014
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In this series, we count down the top 10 impact plays for the San Diego Chargers that helped shape the team's 2013 postseason run.

Situation: Second-and-15 from the San Diego's 26-yard line.

Score: Chargers trailed the Kansas City Chiefs, 38-34.

Time: Thirty-one seconds left in regulation.

Williams' take: The pass play was one of the best throws Philip Rivers made all season. Even more impressive is that the 32-year-old quarterback made the play with the game on the line, finding little-used Seyi Ajirotutu behind two Kansas City defenders for a 26-yard touchdown and a 41-38 victory on the road at Arrowhead Stadium. Rivers completed 27 of 39 passes for 392 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions against one of the best defenses in the NFL at the time in Kansas City. Ajirotutu was pressed into duty against Kansas City because Eddie Royal was out with a chest injury.

Check out the play here.

Season impact: The win ended a three-game losing streak and vaulted San Diego back in postseason contention. The Chargers would go on to win four of their final five games to sneak into the AFC playoffs at 9-7. Ajirotutu had played 10 offensive snaps through 10 games up until the final series against Kansas City but proved he could be counted on in the clutch if the Chargers needed him on offense. The Fresno State product led San Diego in special teams tackles with 12.

Quote: "It's a route that he's going to run a 15-yard stop, unless he gets some form of Cover 2. So I reminded him when he broke the huddle, not that he needed to be reminded, that if you get [Cover 2], get up the boundary in a hurry." -- Rivers on the touchdown pass to Ajirotutu.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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