2004 San Diego Chargers season

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2004 San Diego Chargers season
Head coach Marty Schottenheimer
General manager A.J. Smith
Home field Qualcomm Stadium
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 1st AFC West
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Jets) (20–17 OT)
Timeline
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The 2004 San Diego Chargers season began with the team trying to improve on their 4–12 record in 2003. They finished the camn and made the playoffs for the first time in nine years. In the playoffs they lost in overtime to the New York Jets. At the end of the season Marty Schottenheimer was named NFL Coach of the Year.

Offseason[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

With the first pick overall, the Chargers drafted Eli Manning. Manning would be traded to the New York Giants in exchange for Philip Rivers and several draft picks.

Main article: Manning-Rivers trade
Round Player Position School/Club Team
1 Eli Manning

(traded to New York Giants for Philip Rivers, plus the Giants 3rd round pick of the same year and their 1st and 5th round picks in the 2005 draft.)

Quarterback Ole Miss
2 Igor Olshansky Defensive Tackle Oregon

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2004 San Diego Chargers staff
Front office
  • Owner – Alex Spanos
  • President/Chief Executive Officer – Dean Spanos
  • Executive Vice President – Michael Spanos
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – A. J. Smith
  • Assistant General Manager/Director of Player Personnel – Buddy Nix
  • Vice President of Football Operations – Ed McGuire
  • Director of College Scouting – Jimmy Raye
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Fran Foley

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Dave Redding
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Matt Schiotz

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Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 2004 at Houston Texans W 27–20
70,255
2 September 19, 2004 New York Jets L 34–28
57,310
3 September 26, 2004 at Denver Broncos L 23–13
74,553
4 October 3, 2004 Tennessee Titans W 38–17
54,006
5 October 10, 2004 Jacksonville Jaguars W 34–21
52,101
6 October 17, 2004 at Atlanta Falcons L 21–20
70,187
7 October 24, 2004 at Carolina Panthers W 17–6
73,096
8 October 31, 2004 Oakland Raiders W 42–14
66,210
9 November 7, 2004 New Orleans Saints W 43–17
59,662
10 Bye
11 November 21, 2004 at Oakland Raiders W 23–17
46,905
12 November 28, 2004 at Kansas City Chiefs W 34–31
77,447
13 December 5, 2004 Denver Broncos W 20–17
65,395
14 December 12, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31–24
65,858
15 December 19, 2004 at Cleveland Browns W 21–0
72,489
16 December 26, 2004 at Indianapolis Colts L 34–31 (OT)
57,330
17 January 2, 2005 Kansas City Chiefs W 24–17
64,920

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Diego Chargers 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 446 313 W1
Denver Broncos 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 381 304 W2
Kansas City Chiefs 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 483 435 L1
Oakland Raiders 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 320 422 L2

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Houston Texans[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 3 7 10 7 27
Texans 3 10 7 0 20


Week 2: vs. New York Jets[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 14 3 10 7 34
Chargers 0 7 7 14 28


Week 3: at Denver Broncos[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 3 0 7 3 13
Broncos 7 6 7 3 23


Week 4: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 0 7 0 10 17
Chargers 7 14 3 14 38


Week 5: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 0 7 0 14 21
Chargers 14 7 6 7 34


Week 6: at Atlanta Falcons[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 14 3 3 20
Falcons 0 7 0 14 21


Week 7: at Carolina Panthers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Chargers 0 0 10 7 17
Panthers 6 0 0 0 6


Week 8: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 7 7 0 14
Chargers 14 14 14 0 42


Week 9: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 7 0 10 17
Chargers 14 6 16 7 43


Week 11: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 6 7 3 7 23
Raiders 0 7 7 3 17


Week 12: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 7 3 17 34
Chiefs 7 10 0 14 31


Week 13: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 7 0 10 17
Chargers 7 10 3 0 20


Week 14: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 7 7 10 24
Chargers 0 14 7 10 31


Week 15: at Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 7 7 0 21
Browns 0 0 0 0 0

San Diego clinches its first division title since 1994.


Week 16: at Indianapolis Colts[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Chargers 7 10 7 7 0 31
Colts 0 9 7 15 3 34


Week 17: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 3 0 14 17
Chargers 3 14 0 7 24


Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard January 8, 2005 New York Jets L 20–17
67,536

Game summaries[edit]

Wild Card: vs. New York Jets[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Jets 0 7 10 0 3 20
Chargers 0 7 0 10 0 17


Awards and honors[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2004 NFL Draft Results – Round 1
  2. ^ 2012 San Diego Chargers Media Guide. pp. 263–264. Retrieved October 28, 2014.