You remember this catch? Of course you do, FAITHFUL READER. It was at the end of the first half of the Sunday Night game in 2006. It is the only time the Chargers have beaten the Steelers since the 1994 AFC Championship game. It was the first time we saw that Philip Rivers could truly pass the Chargers to a win. Malcom Floyd would also go on to prove himself as the Chargers best deep threat that season. Yes, Jackson did catch that miracle pass in Seattle. But Floyd blew past his man in Cincy and I still maintain that if he hadn't gotten hurt (what a shock, I know) that we might have been able to Patriots away in January.
In fact, Floyd caught Rivers' first touchdown pass ever. In the 2004 finale against Kansas City, Rivers threw what appeared to be a massive chuck in the corner of the end zone. It ended up being a touchdown, of course. At the same time, the Jets were backing into the playoffs by losing to the Rams. I was at a bar watching the Bolts, obviously. That was the first of our many missed opportunities.
I hate to start things out like that, but it's what we think about all the time while watching this team. It's impossible to be a Charger fan without watching them through a prism of disappointment. When they finally atone for their playoff pratfalls, we'll stop dwelling on the past.