Date: 1/20/2008
Game: AFC Championship Game, Chargers @ Patriots 
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Usually, when a player in any sport tears his/her ACL, it's game, series, and season over. Not for Phillip Rivers. During a Divisional playoff game against the Colts, Rivers tore his ACL. Undeterred, he chose to have arthroscopic surgery done to clean up his knee so he could at least walk. One week later, he threw on the pads against the undefeated Patriots with a Super Bowl birth on the line. His Chargers fell 21-12, but Rivers toughed out 37 passes for 211 yards with most of his left knee in shreds. It's guys like Rivers who make Jay Cutler look like a wuss.