2012 San Diego Chargers season

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2012 San Diego Chargers season
Head coach Norv Turner
General manager A.J. Smith
Owner Dean Spanos
Home field Qualcomm Stadium
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 2nd AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers None
AP All-Pros Eric Weddle, S
Timeline
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The 2012 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's 43rd season in the National Football league, the 53rd overall and the sixth under head coach Norv Turner. The Chargers failed to improve on their 8–8 record from 2011 and missed the playoffs for a third consecutive season, resulting in Turner's firing on December 31, 2012.

2012 draft class[edit]

Round Selection Player Position College
1 18 Melvin Ingram Defensive End South Carolina
2 49 Kendall Reyes Defensive Tackle UConn
3 78 Brandon Taylor Safety LSU
4 110 Ladarius Green Tight end Louisiana-Lafayette
5 149 Johnnie Troutman Guard Penn St.
7 226 David Molk Center Michigan
7 250 [a] Edwin Baker Running back Michigan St.
^[a] compensatory selection

Staff[edit]

2012 San Diego Chargers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2012 San Diego Chargers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 17 Inactive, 7 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The Chargers' preseason schedule was announced on April 4, 2012.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 9 5:00 p.m. PDT Green Bay Packers W 21–13 1–0 Qualcomm Stadium ESPN/KFMB Recap
2 August 18 6:00 p.m. PDT Dallas Cowboys W 28–20 2–0 Qualcomm Stadium NFLN/KFMB Recap
3 August 24 5:00 p.m. PDT at Minnesota Vikings W 12–10 3–0 Mall of America Field KFMB Recap
4 August 30 7:00 p.m. PDT at San Francisco 49ers L 3–35 3–1 Candlestick Park KFMB Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 10 7:15 p.m. PDT at Oakland Raiders W 22–14 1–0 O.co Coliseum ESPN[a] Recap
2 September 16 1:25 p.m. PDT Tennessee Titans W 38–10 2–0 Qualcomm Stadium CBS Recap
3 September 23 1:05 p.m. PDT Atlanta Falcons L 3–27 2–1 Qualcomm Stadium Fox Recap
4 September 30 10:00 a.m. PDT at Kansas City Chiefs W 37–20 3–1 Arrowhead Stadium CBS Recap
5 October 7 5:20 p.m. PDT at New Orleans Saints L 24–31 3–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome NBC Recap
6 October 15 5:30 p.m. PDT Denver Broncos L 24–35 3–3 Qualcomm Stadium ESPN[a] Recap
7 Bye
8 October 28 10:00 a.m. PDT at Cleveland Browns L 6–7 3–4 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap
9 November 1 5:20 p.m. PDT Kansas City Chiefs W 31–13 4–4 Qualcomm Stadium NFLN[a] Recap
10 November 11 10:00 a.m. PST at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 24–34 4–5 Raymond James Stadium CBS Recap
11 November 18 1:25 p.m. PST at Denver Broncos L 23–30 4–6 Sports Authority Field at Mile High CBS Recap
12 November 25 1:05 p.m. PST Baltimore Ravens L 13–16 (OT) 4–7 Qualcomm Stadium CBS Recap
13 December 2 1:25 p.m. PST Cincinnati Bengals L 13–20 4–8 Qualcomm Stadium CBS Recap
14 December 9 10:00 a.m. PST at Pittsburgh Steelers W 34–24 5–8 Heinz Field CBS Recap
15 December 16 1:05 p.m. PST Carolina Panthers L 7–31 5–9 Qualcomm Stadium Fox Recap
16 December 23 10:00 a.m. PST[1] at New York Jets W 27–17 6–9 MetLife Stadium CBS[1] Recap
17 December 30 1:25 p.m. PST Oakland Raiders W 24–21 7–9 Qualcomm Stadium CBS Recap
LEGEND
Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
^[a] Simulcast locally on KFMB-TV.
     Indicates that the game was blacked out locally due to low ticket sales.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week One: San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 3 7 6 6 22
Raiders 3 3 0 8 14

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Chargers (1–0) won their season opener 22–14 against the Oakland Raiders after five field goals by Nate Kaeding and three botched punts by the Raiders. The Raiders Pro Bowl long snapper Jon Condo suffered a head injury in the second quarter. He was replaced by linebacker Travis Goethel, who had not snapped since high school. Goethel rolled two snaps to punter Shane Lechler, each giving the Chargers the ball in Raiders territory, and Lechler had another punt blocked by Dante Rosario. The Chargers scored their only touchdown in the second quarter after a 13-play, 90-yard drive resulted in a 6-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to wide receiver Malcom Floyd.[2][3] The Chargers failed to score four out of five times in the red zone.[2]

San Diego led at halftime 10–6, and the Raiders did not scored a touchdown until 54 seconds remained in the game.[3] Undrafted rookie Mike Harris made his first NFL start, filing in for left tackle for an injured Jared Gaither.[2] San Diego protected Harris by having Rivers throw short passes; sixteen of Rivers' 24 completions were to running backs and tight ends, and he threw for 231 yards while only being sacked once. He did not have an interception after throwing 20 in 2011.

The win was the Chargers' eighth in their previous nine games at Oakland.[3] It improved Norv Turner's record to 4–2 in Chargers' season openers. Running back Ryan Mathews and receiver Vincent Brown missed the game with injuries.[2]

Week 2: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week Two: Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 0 3 7 0 10
Chargers 14 3 7 14 38

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the win, the Chargers improved to 2–0 and started with such a record for the first time since 2006.

Week 3: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Three: Atlanta Falcons at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 6 14 0 7 27
Chargers 0 0 3 0 3

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ATL –
  • SD –
Top rushers
  • ATL –
  • SD –
Top receivers
  • ATL –
  • SD –
Top tacklers
  • ATL –
  • SD –

The Chargers lost 27–3 to the Atlanta Falcons, who remained one of three undefeated teams in the league. Rivers had one of his worst statistical performances, completing 21 of 38 passes for 173 yards, with two interceptions and a passer rating of 45.2. Running back Ryan Matthews made his season debut, and ran for 44 yards on 10 carries. However, he had a fumble inside the Falcons' 5-yard line. The Chargers had four turnovers to the Atlanta's one. The Chargers had not been held to three points since a 30–3 loss at Miami during the 2002 season. The Falcons improved to a perfect 3–0 all-time record in San Diego while the Chargers dropped to 2–1 on the season while suffering a television blackout in Southern California.[4]

Week 4: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Four: San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 17 10 0 10 37
Chiefs 0 6 7 7 20

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: September 30
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT/10:00 a.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 67 °F (19 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 69,979
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SD –
  • KC –
Top rushers
  • SD –
  • KC –
Top receivers
  • SD –
  • KC –
Top tacklers
  • SD –
  • KC –

The Chargers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 37–20 and started the season with a 3–1 record for the second consecutive year. San Diego forced the Chiefs into six turnovers, and they led 20–0 in the second quarter. Rivers completed 18 of 23 passes for 209 yards and two touchdown passes, but threw one interception in the red zone.[5] Jackie Battle started at running back instead of Mathews. Battle was in 27 plays compared to Mathews' 21, and he had 15 carries for 39 yards with a team-high four catches for 42 yards. Most of Mathews work was in the fourth quarter when San Diego's victory was mostly already decided. U-T San Diego wrote that Mathews would have been expected to start were it not for his fumble against Atlanta the prior week.[6] Nick Novak filled in for kicker Nate Kaeding, who was out with a groin injury, and made all three of his field goals.[5]

Week 5: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Five: San Diego Chargers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 10 7 0 24
Saints 7 7 7 10 31

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SD –
  • NO –
Top rushers
  • SD –
  • NO –
Top receivers
  • SD –
  • NO –
Top tacklers
  • SD –
  • NO –

San Diego led 24–14 in the third quarter before the New Orleans Saints rallied for a 31–24 victory. The Chargers' Melvin Ingram was called for roughing the passer, nullifying a Drew Brees interception returned for a touchdown that would have put the Chargers ahead 31–14. Rivers had two costly turnovers in the fourth quarter: an interception that led to a Saints field goal and a fumble as San Diego was driving to tie the score in the game's last minute.[7]

With the loss, San Diego missed an opportunity to take a two-game lead over the Denver Broncos for the AFC West.[8] The Chargers dropped to 3–2 while the Saints would get their first win of the season and improve to 1–4.

Brees, a former Charger, broke an NFL record with his 48th straight game with a touchdown pass. He finished with 370 yards and four touchdown passes. Rivers threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns, both to former Saint Robert Meachem; they were Meachem's first touchdowns of the season.[7]

Week 6: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Six: Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 0 14 21 35
Chargers 10 14 0 0 24

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DEN –
  • SD –
Top rushers
  • DEN –
  • SD –
Top receivers
  • DEN –
  • SD –
Top tacklers
  • DEN –
  • SD –

The Chargers lost 35–24 to the Denver Broncos after leading 24–0 at halftime. The loss tied San Diego with Denver for the AFC West lead with a 3–3 record. Rivers had a career-high six turnovers, five in the second half. One of his interceptions and one of his fumbles were returned by the Broncos for touchdowns. He had four interceptions, including three in the fourth quarter.[9]

The Chargers built their first-half lead after two special teams fumble recoveries and an 80-yard touchdown return by Quentin Jammer off a Peyton Manning interception. It was the first score of Jammer's career. Rivers also threw two touchdowns to Antonio Gates in the first half.[9]

After the game, Fox Sports insider Jay Glazer reported that the Chargers used an "illegal stickum-type substance" during the game, and a Chargers equipment member was caught by the line judge hiding and handing out the substance to players, which was confiscated by the league.[10] Chargers head coach Norv Turner denied that the team cheated, and stated that the object was a towel with a substance that dries footballs.[11] The product was later identified as Gorilla Gold Grip Enhancer.[12] On November 7, the league stated that the Chargers did not cheat, but fined the team $20,000.[13]

Week 8: at Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Eight: San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 3 3 0 6
Browns 7 0 0 0 7

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: October 28
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 44 °F (7 °C), cloudy and overcast
  • Game attendance: 65,337
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SD –
  • CLE –
Top rushers
  • SD –
  • CLE –
Top receivers
  • SD –
  • CLE –
Top tacklers
  • SD –
  • CLE –

San Diego (3–4) lost their third straight game, 7–6 on the road to the Cleveland Browns (2–6). After blowing second-half leads the past two games in consecutive losses, the Chargers never led in this game. Both offenses struggled with wind blowing to more than 40 mph (64 km/h) and rain falling throughout the entire game. Rivers was 18 of 34 for 154 yards, but had a touchdown pass dropped by Meachem in the third quarter. With the Chargers forced to run because of the bad weather, Mathews ran 24 times for 95 yards. The Browns' Trent Richardson ran for 122 yards and a touchdown. It was the second game of the year the Chargers did not score an offensive touchdown. The last time San Diego failed to score a touchdown in two or more games was in 2000, when it occurred three times.[14]

With the Broncos' win that same week, the Chargers fell into a second place tie with the Raiders in the AFC West.

Week 9: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Nine: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 3 3 7 13
Chargers 7 3 0 21 31

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • KC –
  • SD –
Top rushers
  • KC –
  • SD –
Top receivers
  • KC –
  • SD –
Top tacklers
  • KC –
  • SD –

The Chargers (4–4) won 31–13 in a home game against Kansas City (1–7), their second win in the season against the Chiefs. San Diego's defense scored two touchdowns, and Rivers completed 90% (18–20) of his passes, the fifth highest completion percentage in NFL history. Rivers threw a touchdown to Gates in the opening drive of the game, and threw another to Floyd in the fourth quarter.[15][16] The defense followed with Jarret Johnson's sack of the Chiefs' Matt Cassel, which caused a fumble that was recovered by Shaun Phillips for a San Diego touchdown. On the next drive, Demorrio Williams intercepted Cassel's pass and returned it for a 59-yard touchdown.[16]

Rivers threw for 220 yards, but had an interception in the red zone to end the first half. Danario Alexander started at wide receiver for an injured Meachem, and receiver Eddie Royal also sat out the game. Nose tackle Antonio Garay played his first game of the year.[15] Some fans at halftime held a sign that read "Mr. Spanos, please fire A.J. & Norv." Team president Dean Spanos in January had decided to bring back coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith despite having won only three (3) playoff games in five (5) seasons (first year 2007), failing to qualify in the previous two season. Norv had a 3–3 playoff record with the Chargers between 2007–2009, the only years the Chargers made the playoffs during Norvs tenure.[16][17]

Week 10: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Ten: San Diego Chargers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 14 7 0 3 24
Buccaneers 7 10 7 10 34

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: November 11
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 80 °F (27 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 54,813
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SD –
  • TB –
Top rushers
  • SD –
  • TB –
Top receivers
  • SD –
  • TB –
Top tacklers
  • SD –
  • TB –

San Diego (4–5) lost 34–24 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5–4), dropping the Chargers two games behind division-leading Denver. The Chargers allowed touchdowns off a blocked punt and an interception after they led 21–17 at halftime. They had three touchdowns off 80-yard drives in the first half, when Rivers threw three touchdown while completing 16 of 18 passes for 218 yards and no interceptions. However, he three two interceptions in the fourth quarter, including one that was returned 83 yards for a touchdown that he threw heading out of bounds to avoid a sack.[18][19]

Alexander had five receptions for 134 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown. Vincent Jackson, who left the Chargers as a free agent for Tampa Bay, had five receptions for 59 yards in his first game against San Diego.[19]

Week 11: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Eleven: San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 0 9 7 23
Broncos 0 17 7 6 30

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 2:25 p.m. MST/1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 62 °F (17 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 76,769
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SD –
  • DEN –
Top rushers
  • SD –
  • DEN –
Top receivers
  • SD –
  • DEN –
Top tacklers
  • SD –
  • DEN –

The Chargers (4–6) fell three games behind Denver (7–3) for the division lead after losing to them 30–23. Denver linebacker Von Miller had three sacks and forced two fumbles as the defense rattled Rivers. "This is the best defensive team they've had since I've been playing them," said Rivers.[20]

The Chargers offense was shutout in the first half. Their first 12 possession resulted in 10 punts and two turnovers. Rivers was 9-for-20 for 60 yards and an interception, and the running game had only 8 yards on 11 attempts.[21] The Chargers first 9 points of the game were scored by the defense—an interception returned for a touchdown by Eric Weddle, and a safety by Shaun Phillips. Rivers threw for 198 of his 258 yards in the second half while throwing two touchdowns. Manning finished the game with 270 yards and three touchdown for Denver.[20]

Denver swept the season series against the Chargers, giving them the advantage in a tiebreaker with San Diego if needed. "They're not losing four of six, I can guarantee you that," Rivers said in conceding the division.[20] He was part of the 2008 team that trailed Denver by three games with three remaining before winning the division as the Broncos collapsed.[21]

Week 12: vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week Twelve: Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Ravens 0 0 3 10 3 16
Chargers 0 10 0 3 0 13

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 57,882
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts (blacked out locally)
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • BAL –
  • SD –
Top rushers
  • BAL –
  • SD –
Top receivers
  • BAL –
  • SD –
Top tacklers
  • BAL –
  • SD –

San Diego (4–7) led 13–3 with 7:51 remaining in the game before losing 16–13 in overtime to the Baltimore Ravens (9–2). The Ravens faced fourth-and-29 at their own 37 with 1:37 left when running back Ray Rice caught a pass one yard past the line of scrimmage.[22] He ran to the 50-yard line, where he made three Chargers miss with a 90-degree cut to his left. Rice gained the 29 yards needed for a first down after escaping safety Eric Weddle, who received a concussion on the play as he was blocked by wide receiver Anquan Boldin.[8][23] The Ravens kicked a 38-yard field goal to tie the game at the end of regulation, and made another 38-yarder to win with 1:07 left in overtime.[22]

Rivers threw a 21-yard touchdown to Floyd and Novak kicked two field goals for the Chargers' scores. Rivers was sacked six times, but did not have a turnover for only the third time in 11 games; he entered the contest with 14 interceptions and four lost fumbles.[22] The Ravens' fourth-and-29 was the longest fourth-down conversion in the NFL since 2001. It was the third time the Chargers blew a double-digit lead in the second half, including the earlier back-to-back losses to the Saints and Broncos. After being 8–0 under Turner in November from 2009–2010, San Diego fell to 1–7, the second-worst November record in the league since 2011.[22]

Week 13: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week Thirteen: Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 3 0 10 20
Chargers 0 13 0 0 13

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 66 °F (19 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 54,980
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon (blacked out locally)
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CIN –
  • SD –
Top rushers
  • CIN –
  • SD –
Top receivers
  • CIN –
  • SD –
Top tacklers
  • CIN –
  • SD –

The Cincinnati Bengals (7–5) scored the go-ahead touchdown with 4:51 remaining in the game and defeated the Chargers (4–8), 20–13.[24] San Diego surrendered 10 points in the final five minutes of regulation for the second consecutive week, and they lost for the fourth straight week and seventh time in eight games.[24][25] The Chargers dropped to 0–5 in games decided by seven points or fewer. It was their fourth loss in a game when holding a fourth-quarter lead.[25]

Williams intercepted Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and returned it for a 31-yard touchdown, his second score of the season. Rivers had two turnovers in the final 3:54. A fumble set up a field goal for the Bengals, and he threw an interception on fourth-and-10 from Cincinnati's 17 with 49 seconds remaining. The Chargers' offense was held without a touchdown for the third time in the season.[24]

The Charger's home crowd of 54,980 was their lowest since 2004. It was their second straight blackout and third of the season. Meachem did not have a pass thrown to him for the second straight week; it was his fifth game without a catch.[25]

Week 14: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Fourteen: San Diego Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 3 10 14 7 34
Steelers 0 3 7 14 24

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: December 9
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 45 °F (7 °C), cloudy
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SD –
  • PIT –
Top rushers
  • SD –
  • PIT –
Top receivers
  • SD –
  • PIT –
Top tacklers
  • SD –
  • PIT –

With a surprising road victory over the Steelers to save their playoff hopes after losing four straight games, the Chargers improved to 5–8 on the season and 1–14 all-time in Pittsburgh during the regular season. The Steelers became the only AFC North team that San Diego would defeat this season.

Week 15: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Fifteen: Carolina Panthers at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 21 3 7 0 31
Chargers 0 0 0 7 7

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CAR –
  • SD –
Top rushers
  • CAR –
  • SD –
Top receivers
  • CAR –
  • SD –
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • SD –

With the loss, the Chargers fall to 5–9 and are officially eliminated from playoff contention for the third straight year. The Charger's home crowd of 53,832 was their lowest since 2004. It was their third straight blackout at home and fourth of the season. With the way ticket sales have been going, San Diego's home finale against the Raiders is expected to sellout, thus ending the home blackout streak. Also, the team finished the season 0–4 against NFC Opponents and would see their first losing season since 2003.

Week 16: at New York Jets[edit]

Week Sixteen: San Diego Chargers at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 3 14 3 27
Jets 14 0 0 3 17

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: December 23
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST[1]
  • Game weather: 39 °F (4 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 79,088
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS[1]): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SD –
  • NYJ –
Top rushers
  • SD –
  • NYJ –
Top receivers
  • SD –
  • NYJ –
Top tacklers
  • SD –
  • NYJ –

Week 17: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Seventeen: Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 7 0 14 21
Chargers 10 7 7 0 24

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 50 °F (10 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 66,486
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • OAK –
  • SD –
Top rushers
  • OAK –
  • SD –
Top receivers
  • OAK –
  • SD –
Top tacklers
  • OAK –
  • SD –

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Denver Broncos(1) 13 3 0 .813 6–0 10–2 481 289 W11
San Diego Chargers 7 9 0 .438 4–2 7–5 350 350 W2
Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 .250 2–4 4–8 290 443 L2
Kansas City Chiefs 2 14 0 .125 0–6 0–12 211 425 L4

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