San Diego Chargers
While the 2006 San Diego Chargers failed to win the Super Bowl – or even a playoff game – their regular season was historically impressive. The Marty Schottenheimer-coached team had the NFL’s best record, at 14-2; the league’s top scoring offense by a wide margin, scoring over 30 points per game; and won by nearly 14 points a game. Their running back, future Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson, led the NFL with 1,815 rushing yards and an NFL-record 28 rushing touchdowns. QB Philip Rivers (3,388 yards passing, 22 TDs, 9 interceptions), tight end Antonio Gates (9 TD catches), and fullback Lorenzo Neal each had Pro Bowl seasons. The Chargers entered the playoffs on a 10-game winning streak, which included three games in which they scored at least 48 points. But in the AFC Divisional Round, the Chargers relinquished a fourth quarter lead, and lost to the Patriots, 24-21.