It was fourth down, and Melvin Gordon would have preferred not to jump.
The Chargers running back did it once last season, leaping into the end zone for a score, but he paid a steep price, taking a shot below the waist that still haunts him.
“I felt like my world was about to end,” Gordon remembered. “And I was like, ‘I’m never doing that again.’”
But when you’re last in your division, when you haven’t won two straight games in nearly 365 days and when your only chance to salvage a season means a win, “nevers” aren’t going to cut it.
That’s why on Sunday, Gordon did jump over that pile of Oakland Raiders for a momentum-turning touchdown late in the first half....