The San Diego Chargers were close to making it to the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history during the 2007 NFL season. San Diego made it to the AFC Championship game before losing to the 17-0 New England Patriots. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers played in this game with a torn ACL while All-Pro running back LaDainian Tomlinson left with an injury.
According to Kevin Acee of utsandiego.com, Rivers watched last week’s Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. Rivers commented by saying “I know how hard it is. I’m really pulling for them. Heck, I want to get that chance for our team.
Rivers continued by saying “I visualize someday the San Diego Chargers and myself being in the game. I make mental notes, so I’m at my best when we get there.”
Rivers played great in the regular season from 2008-2010 because he averaged 31 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in these seasons, threw for at least 4,000 yards every season and tied for the NFL lead with 34 TD passes in 2008.
There was a major problem with turnovers for Rivers in 2011 and 2012 because he combined for 47 of them which led the NFL. However, Rivers is not far away from being the elite QB he was from 2008-2010 because his QB rating ranked 11th in 2011 and 2012 despite his ridiculous amount of turnovers.
Tomlinson said in a recent interview that he still sees Rivers as an elite QB. Rivers could cut down on his turnovers with better play from his offensive line which allowed 49 sacks in 2012.
San Diego made it to the AFC Championship game in Rivers’ second season as the team’s starting QB, so he is capable of leading them to a Super Bowl appearance because he has made improvements as a QB since then.
If San Diego’s front office makes the right moves which include fixing the offensive line and adding an explosive receiver, a Super Bowl appearance may be sooner rather than later.