List of San Diego Chargers seasons

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Qualcomm Stadium, where the Chargers have played their home games since 1967

The San Diego Chargers are a professional American football franchise based in San Diego, California. They are members of the West Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Chargers franchise was founded in 1959 by Barron Hilton and played the 1960 season in Los Angeles as part of the American Football League (AFL). In the next season, the Chargers moved to San Diego, becoming the San Diego Chargers.[1]

The franchise has experienced three major periods of success. The first was from 1960 to 1965, when the Chargers were AFL West champions five times and AFL champions once. The second was from 1978 to 1982, when the Chargers had winning seasons (seasons with more wins than losses) in each of these years, and won three consecutive division championships for the second time in franchise history. The most recent accomplishments range from 2004 to 2009, with the franchise reaching the playoffs five times in six years. Their only Super Bowl appearance was in 1994.

The Chargers have experienced three notable periods of decline. Between 1970 and 1977, the Chargers never won more games than they lost as part of a thirteen year period without playing in the postseason, including four consecutive years last in their division from 1972 to 1975, in which year they bottomed out before two late wins avoided the NFL's first 0–14 season. From 1983 to 1991, they never placed higher than third in their division and did not make the playoffs. From 1996 to 2003, the team had no winning seasons, and had their worst season ever, winning only one of sixteen games in 2000.[2]

The Chargers have been division champions nine times including 2009, all of them in the AFC West. They have been conference champions six times, but only once since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. As of the end of the 2010 season, the Chargers had played 787 regular and post-season games in 51 seasons, and have appeared in the post-season sixteen times.[2]

Seasons[edit]

Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any post-season play.

AFL Champions (1960–1969) Conference Champions Division Champions Wild Card Berth One-Game Playoff Berth
Official NFL records as of January 20, 2008
NFL Season Team's season[2] League Conference Division Regular season Post-season results Awards
Finish Wins Losses Ties
Los Angeles Chargers
1960 1960 AFL West 1st 10 4 0 Lost AFL Championship (Oilers) 24–16
San Diego Chargers
1961 1961 AFL West 1st 12 2 0 Lost AFL Championship (Oilers) 10–3
1962 1962 AFL West 3rd 4 10 0 Earl Faison (ASG MVP)
1963 1963 AFL West 1st 11 3 0 Won AFL Championship (Patriots) 51–10 Lance Alworth (MVP)
Keith Lincoln (ASG MVP)
1964 1964 AFL West 1st 8 5 1 Lost AFL Championship (Bills) 20–7 Keith Lincoln (ASG MVP)
1965 1965 AFL West 1st 9 2 3 Lost AFL Championship (Bills) 23–0 Frank Buncom (ASG MVP)
1966 1966 AFL West 3rd 7 6 1
1967 1967 AFL West 3rd 8 5 1 Speedy Duncan (ASG MVP)
1968 1968 AFL West 3rd 9 5 0
1969 1969 AFL West 3rd 8 6 0 John Hadl (ASG MVP)
1970[A] 1970 NFL AFC West 3rd 5 6 3
1971 1971 NFL AFC West 3rd 6 8 0
1972 1972 NFL AFC West 4th 4 9 1
1973 1973 NFL AFC West 4th 2 11 1
1974 1974 NFL AFC West 3rd 5 9 0 Don Woods (OROY)
1975 1975 NFL AFC West 4th 2 12 0
1976 1976 NFL AFC West 3rd 6 8 0
1977 1977 NFL AFC West 3rd 7 7 0
1978 1978[B] NFL AFC West 3rd 9 7 0
1979 1979 NFL AFC West 1st 12 4 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Oilers) 17–14
1980 1980 NFL AFC West 1st[C] 11 5 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Bills) 20–14
Lost Conference Championship (Raiders) 34–27
1981 1981 NFL AFC West 1st[D] 10 6 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Dolphins) 41–38 (OT)[E]
Lost Conference Championship (Bengals)[F] 27–7
Kellen Winslow (PB MVP)
1982[G] 1982 NFL AFC 6th 6 3 0 Won First-Round Playoffs (Steelers) 31–28
Lost Second-Round Playoffs (Dolphins) 34–13
Dan Fouts (OPOY,
PB MVP)
1983 1983 NFL AFC West 5th 6 10 0
1984 1984 NFL AFC West 5th 7 9 0
1985 1985 NFL AFC West 3rd 8 8 0
1986 1986 NFL AFC West 5th 4 12 0 Leslie O'Neal (DROY)
1987[H] 1987 NFL AFC West 3rd 8 7 0
1988 1988 NFL AFC West 4th 6 10 0
1989 1989 NFL AFC West 5th 6 10 0
1990 1990 NFL AFC West 4th 6 10 0
1991 1991 NFL AFC West 5th 4 12 0
1992 1992 NFL AFC West 1st 11 5 0 Won Wild-Card Playoffs (Chiefs) 17–0
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Dolphins) 31–0
1993 1993 NFL AFC West 4th 8 8 0
1994 1994 NFL AFC West 1st 11 5 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Dolphins) 22–21
Won Conference Championship (Steelers) 17–13
Lost Super Bowl XXIX (49ers) 49–26
1995 1995 NFL AFC West 2nd 9 7 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Colts) 35–20
1996 1996 NFL AFC West 3rd 8 8 0
1997 1997 NFL AFC West 5th 4 12 0
1998 1998 NFL AFC West 5th 5 11 0
1999 1999 NFL AFC West 4th 8 8 0
2000 2000 NFL AFC West 5th 1 15 0
2001 2001 NFL AFC West 5th 5 11 0
2002 2002 NFL AFC West 3rd 8 8 0
2003 2003 NFL AFC West 4th 4 12 0
2004 2004 NFL AFC West 1st 12 4 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Jets) 20–17 (OT) Marty Schottenheimer (COY)
Drew Brees (CBPOY)
2005 2005 NFL AFC West 3rd 9 7 0 Shawne Merriman (DROY)
2006 2006 NFL AFC West 1st 14 2 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Patriots) 24–21 LaDainian Tomlinson (MVP,
OPOY)
2007 2007 NFL AFC West 1st 11 5 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Titans) 17–6
Won Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 28–24
Lost Conference Championship (Patriots) 21–12
2008 2008 NFL AFC West 1st 8 8 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Colts) 23–17 (OT)
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 35–24
2009 2009 NFL AFC West 1st 13 3 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Jets) 17–14
2010 2010 NFL AFC West 2nd 9 7 0
2011 2011 NFL AFC West 2nd 8 8 0
2012 2012 NFL AFC West 2nd 7 9 0
2013 2013 NFL AFC West 3rd 9 7 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Bengals) 27–10
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 24–17
Philip Rivers (CBPOY)
Total 408 401 11 (1960–2013, Regular season only)
11 16 (1960–2013, Post-season games only) Thru wild card
412 414 11 (1960–2013, Total for all games; 1 AFL Championship, 3 NFL Titles) Thru wild card

Footnotes[edit]

  • A As a result of the AFL-NFL merger, the league was broken into two conferences; the AFL teams moved into the American Football Conference.
  • B This season included the Holy Roller game.
  • C The Chargers finished ahead of Oakland in the AFC West based on better net points in division games.
  • D The Chargers finished ahead of the Denver Broncos based on better divisional record.
  • E This game is known as The Epic in Miami.
  • F This game was known as the Freezer Bowl.
  • G The 1982 season was shortened by a strike, so the league was divided up into two conferences instead of its normal divisional alignment.
  • H The strike of 1987 reduced the regular season schedule from sixteen to fifteen games.

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Chronology". chargers.com. Archived from the original on October 20, 2007. Retrieved January 15, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c "San Diego Chargers Franchise Encyclopedia". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved January 15, 2008.