Well, we're halfway through the first round of the Tournament of Terrible and personally I'm losing the will to live.
Well, we're halfway through the first round of the Tournament of Terrible and personally I'm losing the will to live. Fortunately, we're in the middle of the brackets so no more of the moments that make me physically ill, but also no more of the relatively (and I stress relatively) benign terrible moments. Check out the whole bracket here.
Next up on the docket: (3) Stan Humphries four interceptions in the playoffs in '92 or (6) getting blown out in the Super Bowl?
(3) On January 10, 1993 the San Diego Chargers traveled to Miami to take on the Dolphins in the divisional round of the playoffs. The '92 Chargers were a very good if unspectacular team. They were above average in all three phases of the game and had just won convincingly in the wild card round against the Kansas City Chiefs 17-0. They were arguably better than the Dolphins throughout the regular season and it wasn't unreasonable to expect that they could win on the road, though they were admittedly not expected to do so. Any chance they had, though, went out the window when Stan Humphries tossed four interceptions en route to a 31-0 loss. Adding salt to this wound was that the opposing quarterback was one Dan Marino, a man the Chargers could have drafted in 1983 with one of their three first round picks but did not.
(6) On January 29, 1995 the Chargers made it to their first and so far only Super Bowl. They might as well have stayed home. The 49ers simply murdered them. It was horrific. The final score was 49-26 and although that's a pretty clear blowout, the game didn't feel even that close. They were simply outmatched. Steve Young, Jerry Rice, and co. were so much better than the team San Diego fielded that the game didn't seem fair. I like to imagine the season ended with Dennis Gibson batting down that pass in Pittsburgh because this game was painful to watch and honestly somehow more painful to remember.
Which was worse?
I remember the Super Bowl more clearly because it was a higher profile, but that divisional game may have been a bigger beating. Vote in the poll and let us know why you lean the way you do in the comments.
Which was worse?
(3) 1992 Playoff Loss (31 votes)
(6) 1994 Super Bowl Loss (168 votes)
199 total votes