2013 San Diego Chargers season

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2013 San Diego Chargers season
Head coach Mike McCoy
General manager Tom Telesco[1]
Owner Alex Spanos
Home field Qualcomm Stadium
Local radio KIOZ, KLSD
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 3rd AFC West
Playoff finish

Won Wild Card Playoffs (Bengals) 27–10

Lost Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 24–17
Pro Bowlers Philip Rivers, QB
Eric Weddle, FS

The 2013 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's 44th season in the National Football League (NFL), the 54th overall, and the 1st under head coach Mike McCoy. The Chargers finished the regular season with a record of 9–7, improving on their 7–9 record from 2012. Also, they qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2009. The Chargers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round by a score of 27–10, but lost to the Denver Broncos in the Divisional round by a score of 24–17. As of 2016, this is the most recent time the Chargers have qualified for the playoffs. This would turn out to be the Chargers final playoff appearance in San Diego.

The new head coach, Mike McCoy, along with offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, completed the Chargers' first winning season since 2010. Only two offensive coaches returned from 2012 in an overhauled coaching staff, and a revamped offensive system had quarterback Philip Rivers release the ball earlier and taking what opposing defenses conceded. Rivers was sacked 30 times, compared to 49 the previous year, and threw for 4,479 yards and 32 touchdowns while tying a career-high with a 105.5 passer rating. San Diego's rushing attack improved from the prior season's 1,461 yards and 3.6 yards per carry—tied for the second worst in the league—to 1,965 yards and a 4-yard average.[2] Although they were speculated to have a poor, disappointing season, and getting off to a shaky start, the Chargers finished in the top eight of the overall standings. Rivers was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year, and Keenan Allen broke out into the national scene as a rookie sensation, breaking multiple wide receiver rookie records. Whisenhunt left at the conclusion of the season to become the head coach of the Titans.

Signings[edit]

Pos. Player 2012 Team Contract
CB Derek Cox Jacksonville Jaguars 4 years, $20 million
DE Dwight Freeney Indianapolis Colts 2 years, $8.7 million
TE John Phillips Dallas Cowboys 3 years, $5.2 million
OT King Dunlap Philadelphia Eagles 2 years, $3.7 million
RB Danny Woodhead New England Patriots 2 years, $3.5 million
CB Richard Marshall Miami Dolphins 1 year, $855,000
RB Chris Gronkowski Denver Broncos 1 year, $630,000
LB Thomas Keiser Carolina Panthers 1 year, $555,000

Re-Signings[edit]

Pos. Player Contract
RB Ronnie Brown 1 year, $1 million

Departures[edit]

Pos. Player 2013 Team
G Louis Vasquez Denver Broncos
LB Antwan Barnes New York Jets
CB Antoine Cason Arizona Cardinals
CB Quentin Jammer Denver Broncos
LB Shaun Phillips Denver Broncos
WR Robert Meachem New Orleans Saints
LB Takeo Spikes
LB Demorrio Williams
G Reggie Wells

2013 draft class[edit]

Round Selection Player Position College
1 11 D. J. Fluker Offensive tackle Alabama
2 38[A] Manti Te'o Linebacker Notre Dame
3 76 Keenan Allen Wide receiver California
4 None[A]
5 145 Steve Williams Cornerback California
6 179 Tourek Williams Defensive end Florida International
7 221 Brad Sorensen Quarterback Southern Utah

Staff[edit]

2013 San Diego Chargers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2013 San Diego Chargers final 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, 10 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 8 Seattle Seahawks L 10–31 0–1 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
2 August 15 at Chicago Bears L 28–33 0–2 Soldier Field Recap
3 August 24 at Arizona Cardinals W 24–7 1–2 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
4 August 29 San Francisco 49ers L 6–41 1–3 Qualcomm Stadium Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 9 Houston Texans L 28–31 0–1 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
2 September 15 at Philadelphia Eagles W 33–30 1–1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
3 September 22 at Tennessee Titans L 17–20 1–2 LP Field Recap
4 September 29 Dallas Cowboys W 30–21 2–2 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
5 October 6 at Oakland Raiders L 17–27 2–3 O.co Coliseum Recap
6 October 14 Indianapolis Colts W 19–9 3–3 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
7 October 20 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 24–6 4–3 EverBank Field Recap
8 Bye
9 November 3 at Washington Redskins L 24–30 (OT) 4–4 Fedex Field Recap
10 November 10 Denver Broncos L 20–28 4–5 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
11 November 17 at Miami Dolphins L 16–20 4–6 Sun Life Stadium Recap
12 November 24 at Kansas City Chiefs W 41–38 5–6 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
13 December 1 Cincinnati Bengals L 10–17 5–7 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
14 December 8 New York Giants W 37–14 6–7 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
15 December 12 at Denver Broncos W 27–20 7–7 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
16 December 22 Oakland Raiders W 26–13 8–7 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
17 December 29 Kansas City Chiefs W 27–24 (OT) 9–7 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Postseason[edit]

Playoff round Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card January 5, 2014 at Cincinnati Bengals (3) W 27–10 1–0 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
Divisional January 12, 2014 at Denver Broncos (1) L 17–24 1–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap

Game summaries[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: vs. Houston Texans[edit]

Week One: Houston Texans at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 7 0 7 17 31
Chargers 7 14 7 0 28

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

With the loss, the Chargers started their season 0-1.

Week 2: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Two: San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 3 10 7 13 33
Eagles 3 7 10 10 30

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information

Week 3: at Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week Three: San Diego Chargers at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 3 7 0 17
Titans 0 10 0 10 20

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

Game information

Week 4: vs. Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week Four: Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 21 0 0 21
Chargers 7 6 7 10 30

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

Week 5: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Five: San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 0 3 14 17
Raiders 14 3 7 3 27

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: October 6
  • Game time: 8:35 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 70 °F (21 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 48,834
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (NFLN): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Week 6: vs. Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Week Six: Indianapolis Colts at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 3 3 0 3 9
Chargers 0 10 3 6 19

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

Week 7: at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week Seven: San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 7 3 7 24
Jaguars 0 3 3 0 6

at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Game information

Week 9: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Nine: San Diego Chargers at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Chargers 0 14 0 10 0 24
Redskins 0 7 7 10 6 30

at FedExField, Landover, Maryland

  • Date: November 3
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 57 °F (14 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 80,115
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Week 10: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Ten: Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 7 14 7 0 28
Chargers 0 6 7 7 20

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: November 10
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 78 °F (26 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 68,847
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Week 11: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Eleven: San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 3 3 3 16
Dolphins 3 7 7 3 20

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: November 17
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m. EST/1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 81 °F (27 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 60,256
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Week 12: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Twelve: San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 3 7 14 17 41
Chiefs 7 7 14 10 38

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: November 24
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 24 °F (−4 °C), mostly sunny
  • Game attendance: 75,259
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Week 13: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week Thirteen: Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 7 7 3 17
Chargers 0 7 0 3 10

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: December 1
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 77 °F (25 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 61,536
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts (blacked out locally)
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Week 14: vs. New York Giants[edit]

Week Fourteen: New York Giants at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 0 7 7 14
Chargers 7 17 7 6 37

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: December 8
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 53 °F (12 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 65,132
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Week 15: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Fifteen: San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 3 14 7 3 27
Broncos 10 0 0 10 20

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information

Week 16: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Sixteen: Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 10 0 3 13
Chargers 3 7 10 6 26

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

Week 17: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Seventeen: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Chiefs 14 7 3 0 0 24
Chargers 7 7 0 10 3 27

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

Kansas City missed a field goal as with a few seconds left to send the game into overtime, where Nick Novak kicked the game winner. With the win, the Chargers finished the 2013 season with a record of 9–7 and clinched the second wild card spot, becoming the 6th seed entering the playoffs.

Postseason[edit]

AFC Wild Card Playoff Game: at #3 Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

AFC Wild Card Playoff Game: #6 San Diego Chargers at #3 Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 0 10 10 27
Bengals 0 10 0 0 10

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information

With the Chargers defeating the Bengals, 27-10, they advanced to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game.

AFC Divisional Playoff Game: at #1 Denver Broncos[edit]

AFC Divisional Playoff Game: #6 San Diego Chargers at #1 Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 0 0 17 17
Broncos 7 7 3 7 24

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: January 12, 2014
  • Game time: 2:40 p.m. MST/1:40 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 41 °F (5 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 76,969
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Game book

With the Chargers falling to the Broncos, the Chargers finish the season 10-8, the 1st double digit winning season since 2009 and 1st playoff victory since 2008.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Denver Broncos 13 3 0 .813 5–1 9–3 606 399 W2
(5) Kansas City Chiefs 11 5 0 .688 2–4 7–5 430 305 L2
(6) San Diego Chargers 9 7 0 .563 4–2 6–6 396 348 W4
Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 .250 1–5 4–8 322 453 L6

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division winners
1 Denver Broncos West 13 3 0 .813 5–1 9–3 606 399 207 W2
2 New England Patriots East 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 444 338 106 W2
3[a] Cincinnati Bengals North 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 430 305 125 W2
4 Indianapolis Colts South 11 5 0 .688 6–0 9–3 391 336 55 W3
Wild cards
5 Kansas City Chiefs West 11 5 0 .688 2–4 7–5 430 305 125 L2
6 San Diego Chargers West 9 7 0 .563 4–2 6–6 396 348 48 W4
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[b][c] Pittsburgh Steelers North 8 8 0 .500 4–2 6–6 379 370 9 W3
8[d] Baltimore Ravens North 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 320 352 -32 L2
9[e] New York Jets East 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 290 387 -97 W2
10 Miami Dolphins East 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 317 335 -18 L2
11 Tennessee Titans South 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 362 381 -19 W2
12 Buffalo Bills East 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 339 388 -49 L1
13[f][g] Oakland Raiders West 4 12 0 .250 1–5 4–8 322 453 -131 L6
14[h] Jacksonville Jaguars South 4 12 0 .250 3–3 4–8 247 449 -202 L3
15 Cleveland Browns North 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 308 406 -98 L7
16 Houston Texans South 2 14 0 .125 1–5 2–10 276 428 -152 L14
Tiebreakers[i]
  1. ^ Cincinnati defeated Indianapolis head-to-head (Week 14, 42–28).
  2. ^ Pittsburgh finished with a better division record than Baltimore.
  3. ^ Pittsburgh defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 6, 19–6).
  4. ^ Baltimore defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 12, 19–3).
  5. ^ The New York Jets finished with a better division record than Miami.
  6. ^ Oakland and Jacksonville finished with a better conference record than Cleveland.
  7. ^ Oakland defeated Jacksonville head-to-head (Week 2, 19–9).
  8. ^ Jacksonville defeated Cleveland head-to-head (Week 13, 32–28).
  9. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Chargers traded their second round (No. 45 overall) and fourth round (No. 110 overall) selections to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for the Cardinals' second round selection (No. 38 overall).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilson, Bernie (January 9, 2013). "Colts VP Telesco hired as Chargers' GM". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ Gehlken, Michael (February 1, 2014). "Philip Rivers Comeback Player of Year". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ "2013 Conference Standings". NFL.com. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "2013 NFL playoff picture". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 

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