In the only non-1v2 matchup in this round, we have a 1 seed taking on a 6 seed. Can cutting Rodney Harrison continue its improbably journey toward the finals? Probably not, but who knows with you people? The Chargers still haven't replaced Rodney Harrison and it's been over a decade now. On the other side, though, we have Hall of Famer Dan Fouts blowing a playoff game against an inferior opponent that was also missing most of its starting skill position players in a season that was arguably the Chargers best chance to win a Super Bowl.
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(1) On December 29, 1979 the San Diego Chargers hosted the Houston Oilers in the Divisional round of the playoffs. The Oilers were missing their starting quarterback, running back and wide receiver. The Dan Fouts-led Chargers would outgain Houston by over 100 yards in the young Fouts' first career playoff game, but still manage to lose 17-14. How? Well, that young Fouts would throw five interceptions, four of them were to rookie safety Vernon Perry. This wasn't entirely on Fouts, though, as it was later revealed that the Oilers were able to pick up the Chargers' signs when they were calling in the plays and thus knew what was coming before the snap. The Steelers would end up winning the Super Bowl against the Rams. This is notable because the Chargers blew out both of those teams during the regular season.
(6) On February 27, 2003, following the conclusion of the 2002 season, the San Diego Chargers released two-time All Pro Strong Safety Rodney Harrison. Two weeks later, Harrison would sign a six year deal with the New England Patriotswith whom he would go on to win two Super Bowls and be named an All Pro twice more. Harrison would finish his career with the most sacks of any defensive back in history and was the first player to ever record 30 sacks and 30 interceptions. He was selected as a member of the Chargers' 40th & 50th Anniversary teams. Since the Chargers released Rodney, they have employed one failed experiment after another and even now 10 years later still have not found a suitable replacement. Here's just a taste of the "failed experiment" list: Kwamie Lassiter, Terrence Kiel, Clinton Hart, Steve Gregory, Paul Oliver, Atari Bigby, and Bob Sanders. There were others, but those ones all stand out for various different reasons.
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