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Top Ten Defensive Performances of 2017: #7 Tre Boston @JAX Wk. 10

Boston makes his second appearance on this list after an even stronger outing against Jacksonville

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

#7.) Tre Boston v. Jacksonville - 6 tackles, 2 interceptions, 3 passes defended

In just one year with the Los Angeles Chargers, Tre Boston had a significant, yet quiet, impact on the defense. After all, how many people knew he actually led the team in interceptions this past season? I sure as hell wouldn’t have guessed that.

In the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars following the team’s week nine bye, Boston recorded a pair of interceptions, both coming within the final two minutes of play. Each interception was pivotal as the Bolts were up 17-14 at the time of each pick.

However, and it still kills me inside to this day, the Chargers somehow couldn’t find a way to ice the game even with Boston’s spectacular late-game heroics.

After the first interception, Philip Rivers attempted to run the play clock all the way down before hiking it at the last second. He was a fraction of a second off and he was called for a delay of game penalty. On the next snap, rookie RB Austin Ekeler was stuffed on a hand-off and proceeded to fumble the ball away, giving the Jaguars life once more.

On the ensuing drive, Jags QB Blake Bortles threw another ill-advised interception into the arms of Boston, one that he took out of bounds but not before gloating a little beforehand.

In the end, Rivers and co. could not will their way to a first-down and inevitably punted the ball right back to the Jags with 58 seconds remaining. We all know how the rest of this game went so there is no need to re-hash one of the worst losses of the year.

Regardless, we have to tip our caps to #33 who had himself a heck of a game and did just about everything he could to keep the Chargers alive in this one but it just wasn’t meant to be.