their historic season on a strong note as Philip Rivers Junior Seau Color Rush Jersey , and the Bolts offense delivered another quality performance defeating the Denver Broncos, 23-9. While Los Angeles had clinched a postseason berth two weeks ago over the Kansas City Chiefs, the franchise still had something to play for. While perhaps a long shot since their AFC West rival was playing one of the worst teams in football, Los Angeles needed a win and a Kansas City loss to clinch not just a first-round bye, but also home field advantage throughout the playoffs. On paper, it seemed the Chargers were deserving of that honor following a fantastic season. Rivers delivered a mixed outing after going 14-of-24 for 176 yards and a pair of interceptions. He did, however, connect with Mike Williams in the red zone for a three-yard score in the second quarter. Melvin Gordon might have led the team in carries, but Austin Ekeler was the true story. Rushing for 58 yards and touchdown, the second-year runner proved his worth as a ball carrier instead of being an offensive weapon in the passing game.But the defense, man the defense looked the part. Allowing just 370 total yards of offense Desmond King Color Rush Jersey , Gus Bradley’s unit looked in-sync moving towards the postseason. Adrian Philip led the way with 12 tackles while Kyle Emmanuel finally added something to the mix with a 19-yard fumble return for a touchdown. A well-fought game ended in Los Angeles’ favor as the team picked up their 12th win on the season and finished the year on a positive note. Slight problem, though, so did Kansas City. Los Angeles might have the second best record in the AFC, but they’ll be the underdog for January football. Not in the sense of the spread, but always on the wrong side of the fan base. Unless the team has a date with the Indianapolis Colts or Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship, StubHub Stadium can keep their lights off for the remainder of the playoffs. But the Chargers are not an underdog moving forward. While their first matchup against the Baltimore Ravens will be challenging thanks to the Ravens stellar defense, their journey to Atlanta might become simple with a wild-card round victory. A win over Baltimore and a Houston Texans victory would send the Bolts to a familiar location; Arrowhead Stadium. The last time Los Angeles and Kansas City met, Rivers threw for 313 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Chiefs abysmal secondary. The defense held wonder boy Patrick Mahomes to season-low 243 yards and forced Damien Williams to lead the offense on the ground game. Los Angeles needed a two-point conversion but found a way to pick up a 29-28 victory. That’s all several weeks away, and plenty can happen along the way. But the Chargers are ready for the postseason. In year’s past, the Bolts have been known for letting the fan base down. Whether starting the year off sluggish or finishing the year off on our sour note, the days of Chargers chaos are coming to a close. Rivers is playing like a 25-year-old version of himself and players are becoming healthy at the right moment. But hey Corey Liuget Color Rush Jersey , one game at a time, right? Los Angeles went through the gauntlet and came out on the other side a little brighter. While a single play could change the outlook of any game, Los Angeles well-balanced offense along with strong defensive secondary carried the Bolts past opponents such as Pittsburgh, Tennessee, and Kansas City. As the regular season comes to a close, the football Gods have given the Bolts a gift: a chance at redemption against the Ravens. While Baltimore looks ready to take on whoever comes through M&T Stadium, Los Angeles has a battle-tested quarterback who has been here before. Plain and simple; if Los Angeles can attack Lamar Jackson, limit the number of short passes and establish a run game, it will be must-watch television for everyone to enjoy. Anything can happen in the postseason. A team that barely made it in could find their way in the championship game. A number 1 seed could be knocked out after getting a week to rest. Anything is possible. No matter what happens next, the Chargers can hold their head high for the first time since 2013. The team known for letting the fan base down is now the one holding their own in a new city. Even on the road, Los Angeles might be the team to beat. They don’t need a fan base cheering them on; they have each other to hold accountable. There’s just one thing left to say; welcome to January football. Sorry Chargers fans Dan Feeney Color Rush Jersey , L.A. will not be drafting a defensive tackle in round 1 and Louis Gorini explains why"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections San Diego Chargers Daily LinksSan Diego Chargers NewsSan Diego Chargers OffseasonSan Diego Chargers HistorySan Diego Chargers HumorThree reasons why the Chargers avoid defensive tackles in round 1 of the NFL DraftNew,90commentsSorry Chargers fans, L.A. will not be drafting a defensive tackle in round 1 and Louis Gorini explains whyPSTShareTweetShareShareThree reasons why the Chargers avoid defensive tackles in round 1 of the NFL DraftMatt Cashore-USA TODAY SportsWith the NFL combine set to kick off later this week, it is safe to say we are officially smack dab in the middle of the NFL draft season. The combine is usually where mock drafts eventually start making sense and paint a clearer picture on which positions and players teams will start to focus their attention on. One of the more popular themes in most pre combine mock drafts have had the Los Angeles Chargers selecting a defensive tackle with their first round selection of this years NFL draft. The reasoning is logical, “with the selection of So and So, the Chargers finally fortify the middle of their defensive line...” or “Imagine pairing this defensive tackle prospect up with Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa...” Yea yea yea blah blah blah, I have heard this all before the last couple of years from mock draft experts.The Chargers selecting a defensive tackle in round one has officially become the new cliche’ that replaced the old mantra “The Chargers finally replace Eric Weddle at the safety position and get Gus Bradley his center field free safety to be the Earl Thomas in his defense.” Sorry Bolts fans, I am about to let you all in on a secret; Los Angeles will NOT be drafting a defensive tackle in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft and here is why:Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports PREVIOUS DRAFT TRENDSChargers GM, Tom Telesco has been with the team for six years now. During his tenure as Los Angeles’ General Manager, it is safe to say he has exhibited certain patterns for his first round selections in each draft he has been a part of. Lets take a look at all the players he took in the first round since 2013: D.J. Fluker, Jason Verrett Kyle Emanuel Color Rush Jersey , Melvin Gordon, Joey Bosa, Mike Williams, and Derwin James. What do all of these players have in common? All of these players played positions of need for the Chargers at that time. Telesco’s draft strategy in the first round tends to be drafting for need instead of best player available. I am not saying these were bad picks, all I am saying is drafting for need is his first round tendency. Some fans might argue about last years selection of Derwin James and how the strong safety position was not that of need. However, if it wasn’t for the Buffalo Bills trading ahead of the Chargers to select Tremaine Edmunds, then we would be having a much different conversation because the former Virginia Tech linebacker would be entering his second year with the Bolts, furthermore proving my point.There is also another trend in L.A.’s first round picks. Since 2013, the Chargers have alternated between offensive and defensive players every other year. While that might be coincidental at first, lets take a look at the last two drafts under Telesco and Lynn. Their first draft together had them selecting three offensive players in the first three rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft. How did they follow that up in 2018? during a time when teams will opt to draft younger, cheaper options instead of the high priced veterans. Tom Telesco Brandon Mebane Color Rush Jersey , “The Coupon God” will find a bunch of options to replace the giant whole the Chargers have in the middle of their defensive line. The list of interior defensive line free agents consist of Sheldon Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ndamukong Suh, Danny Shelton, and Malcom Brown. That is also not to mention players that are on the verge of becoming cap causalities like Malik Jackson or Marcell Dareus. So even though the 2019 NFL Draft is loaded with high quality interior defensive lineman; it is free agency that will prove to be the better bargain/move for the Chargers to fulfill their defensive tackle needs.Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports THEN WHO?Tom Telesco and the Chargers will be selecting a tackle with the 28th selection of this years draft. However, that tackle will be that of an offensive nature, not a defensive one. With the Chargers looking to free agency to address their need in the middle of the defensive line, I believe Anthony Lynn will look to build upon an improving offensive line that deteriorated towards the end of last season. Now which offensive tackle will they target? That I do not know yet. I guess we all just have to be out on the lookout for the post combine and pro day rumor mills for that answer!