1973 San Diego Chargers season

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1973 San Diego Chargers season
Head coach Harland Svare
Home field San Diego Stadium
Results
Record 2–11–1
Division place 4th AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1972 1974 >

The 1973 San Diego Chargers season was the team's fourteenth year, and fourth year in the National Football League.

The team was coming off a season that ended with a 4–9–1 record. Despite the fact that he was offered a five-year contract toward the end of the previous season, 1973 would prove to be Harland Svare's final season as the team's head coach.

The team obtained legendary quarterback Johnny Unitas in a trade with the Baltimore Colts, but Unitas was a shell of his former greatness. In the middle of the season he would be replaced by at quarterback by rookie Dan Fouts, the team's third round pick in that year's draft.[1]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1973 NFL Draft
Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 16, 1973 at Washington Redskins L 38–0
53,589
2 September 23, 1973 Buffalo Bills W 34–7
47,588
3 September 30, 1973 Cincinnati Bengals L 20–13
46,733
4 October 7, 1973 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 38–21
48,795
5 October 14, 1973 Oakland Raiders L 27–17
50,672
6 October 21, 1973 Atlanta Falcons L 41–0
41,527
7 October 28, 1973 at Cleveland Browns T 16–16
68,244
8 November 4, 1973 Kansas City Chiefs L 19–0
50,234
9 November 11, 1973 at Denver Broncos L 30–19
51,034
10 November 18, 1973 New Orleans Saints W 17–14
34,848
11 November 25, 1973 at Oakland Raiders L 31–3
40,195
12 December 2, 1973 at New England Patriots L 30–14
58,150
13 December 9, 1973 Denver Broncos L 42–28
44,954
14 December 16, 1973 at Kansas City Chiefs L 33–6
43,755

Standings[edit]

AFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Oakland Raiders 9 4 1 .679 292 175
Kansas City Chiefs 7 5 2 .571 231 192
Denver Broncos 7 5 2 .571 354 296
San Diego Chargers 2 11 1 .179 188 386

Roster[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fouts would go on to play 15 seasons for the Chargers, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.