Aug. 24, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: San Diego Chargers tight end John Phillips (83) recovers a fumble for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers probably just scored the weirdest touchdown in NFL history (GIF)


There have been a lot of weird touchdowns in NFL history. The San Diego Chargers just added another entry.

During tonight’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, the Chargers were just feet away from putting up six points but were stuffed at the goal line – or – so it appeared.

Chargers running back Ryan Mathews took the handoff and promptly leaped into the pile but missing was the ball, which went rumbling towards the sideline. Literally the ball must have traveled a good ten feet or so before it was ever touched.

That resulted in an Arizona Cardinals defender picking up the ball, who then for a quick moment decided to run with it. Only problem? A Charger (Antonio Gates) had him by the foot. Fearing he would be tackled, he pitched it to another Cardinal who Gates lit up, popping the ball into the air where another Charger caught it and ran it into the end zone.

Don’t believe me? Check out the box score:

R.Mathews to ARI 1 for no gain (C.Campbell). FUMBLES (C.Campbell), RECOVERED by ARI-R.Johnson at ARI 7. R.Johnson to ARI 6 for -1 yards. Lateral to S.Acho to ARI 4 for -2 yards (A.Gates). FUMBLES (A.Gates), RECOVERED by SD-J.Phillips at ARI 3. J.Phillips for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

Yeah. Wild.

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Tags: Antonio Gates Arizona Cardinals Ryan Mathews San Diego Chargers