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The game itself was enough to make any fan suffer multiple heart attacks before ending up on the living room floor in utter disbelief, but the result at the end was, by far, the most definitive moment of the season for San Diego.
Looking back in the offseason, the terms "rebuilding" and "fixing" were commonly used to describe the Chargers in 2013. A new head coach, a new GM, a turnover-prone quarterback—how could this team dare to finish above .500?
That doesn't even mention the amount of help the Chargers needed just to make the playoffs.
Baltimore and Miami had to lose back-to-back games to set up the win-and-in scenario against the Chiefs, but even that didn't come easy.
With Kansas City playing backups, the Chargers fought for four quarters to stay alive and it all came down to a potential game-winning field goal for Ryan Succop. But, of course, San Diego used one of its nine lives to stay in the game as Succop missed wide right, and overtime followed.
Add in a controversial fake punt, the go-ahead field goal by Nick Novak and a final defensive stand and you have one of the wildest regular-season finales this season. It wasn't pretty, but the Chargers put an end to a three-year playoff drought and find themselves in new waters with head coach Mike McCoy.