The Eagles would go on to protect their lead and win the game. On December 18, 2005, the Chargers defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 26-17 who had won their previous 13 games. The Chargers were defeated 23-21 by the Miami Dolphins. In San Diego, the Chargers defeated the Jaguars 38–14. The team was fraught with injuries. They also traded the team's first overall selection in the 2001 NFL Draft to the Atlanta Falcons in return for the first-round selection (fifth overall) and third-round selection in the same draft. ", In the 1981 playoffs divisional round, the Chargers defeated the Miami Dolphins 41–38 at the Miami Orange Bowl where the temperature on the humid day was 85 °F (29.4 °C). This page was last edited on 17 October 2020, at 09:19. Tomlinson took 220 yards in total, 3 rushing touchdowns, and threw for a touchdown helping the team to win 45–23. The Chargers then played and lost 17–14 to the Jets at home on January 17, 2010. facility", "Chargers announce they will stay in San Diego for 2016", "What we know about Chargers' move to Los Angeles", "Chargers' future will honor players, uniforms of the past", "Fans to decide next Chargers Hall of Famer", "Celebration announced for 50th season of Chargers football", "Fouts chosen as all-time 'Greatest Charger, "Fouts, Tomlinson top vote-getters for All-Time Greatest Chargers", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=History_of_the_San_Diego_Chargers&oldid=984207145, Pages containing links to subscription-only content, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 18 October 2020, at 20:41.  After the 2012 season where the Chargers again failed to reach the playoffs, Smith and Turner were dismissed. Charlie Waller, the offensive backfield coach was named head coach.  Hunt said he thought Hilton picked the team name from the first batch of letters as publicity for his new charge account business Carte Blanche.. However, in 1975, Woods and Fouts underperformed and the team finished 2-12. However, low ticket sales resulted in a blackout. There was blackout during the game. That made the game 20-17 with a little over 2 minutes remaining.  Kellen Winslow caught 10 passes for 171 yards. In the 1998 season, the Chargers went 5-11. The Chargers led the league in passing yards an NFL record six consecutive years from 1978 to 1983 and again in 1985. The Chargers lost the first game to Kansas City, 21–14. For the song by Plastilina Mosh, see, Chargers members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Chargers finished third in the AFL West that season, 7-6-1. The Chargers lost to the Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings in away games before defeating the Cleveland Browns on a last second field goal. The Chargers' defeating Denver in San Diego was morale boosting for the city. They were seeded first in the AFC playoffs. Ron Mix became the second AFL player and second Charger to be nominated to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. On December 5, 2011, the Chargers defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Chargers won the 1963 AFL title when they defeated the Boston Patriots 51–10.  The Chargers continued to seek public approval of a new stadium in San Diego. :p.20  Conrad Hilton said, "I liked [the name] because they were yelling "charge" and sounding the bugle at Dodger Stadium and at USC games". In the eleventh week, the Chargers were defeated by Oakland 41–21 with 52,661 spectators at the game. Fouts's jersey, the number 14, was retired at halftime at the "Dan Fouts Day" game in San Diego.. The Chargers secured another division title and became the AFC second seed. The players contributing to the Chargers' 1994 AFC West Division championship included linebacker, Junior Seau, defensive tackles Reuben Davis and Shawn Lee and defensive end, Leslie O'Neal, and running back Natrone Means, Humphries and Martin who made offensive moves. The other 4 were in Philly. " In January 1961, the team announced the move to Balboa Stadium in Balboa Park, San Diego. The Raiders' tight end, Dave Casper, was the next player to reach the ball but he also could not get a hand on it.  Due to his poor play and attitude, Leaf was released after the 2000 season. Before he left, Seau's teammates awarded him the Emil Karas Award for the team's Most Inspirational Player.  During the sale process, a then-23 year old Jerry Jones (who would go on to become the owner of the Dallas Cowboys) offered $5.8 million for the team, but backed off after his father disapproved of his plans.. Greg Gregston of the San Diego Union reported that the Chargers "have learned in one season that Los Angeles has been saturated beyond sensible proportions with sports. The season ended with loss to the Raiders in the playoffs. The Chargers won nine games and lost seven, thus missing the playoffs.  After trades of players and draft choices to the Arizona Cardinals, Beathard selected quarterback Ryan Leaf with his second pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. In 1993, the Chargers finished 8-8, finishing fourth in the division. In September and October 2014, the Chargers won five games after losing their first game of the season and then lost a further three games. The leading investors were Eugene V. Klein and Sam Schulman. Following their 2 wins and two losses, the Chargers lost their next six games to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, the Chicago Bears, and the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chargers started their 2016 season in Kansas City, playing against the Chiefs and at half time, held a lead of 21–3. This led to the game winning touchdown for the Eagles 20–17. It honored the top players and coaches in the team's history. At the kickoff, the temperature was around 102 °F (38 °C). No team has finished with more than 31. Next, the Chargers won at home in their throwback uniforms against the Buffalo Bills, 48–10. The Chargers planned to play at the Rose Bowl, but instead signed a lease to play at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The Chargers then won against the Jaguars in an away game. Los Angeles Chargers lead series 7-5-0 LA Chargers vs Philadelphia  Kevin Gilbride became the Chargers' new head coach. One of the most memorable games between these teams was the "Holy Roller" game in 1978, in which the Raiders intentionally fumbled in order to score a touchdown. They then defeated the Jets in an at home game with 54,042 spectators. The team finished with an 8–6 record and out of the playoffs. In 2003, the Chargers traded Seau to the Dolphins for a draft pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. The Chargers were ahead 20–14. The team then defeated Indianapolis in the Monday Night Football and then Jacksonville. Compared to 2013, the offense dropped in points (from 12th in the league to 17th), yards (5th to 18th), first downs (3rd to 15th), net yards per pass (2nd to 8th), rushing yards (13th to 30th) and yards per rush (21st to 31st). With the ensuing extra point by kicker, Errol Mann, the Raiders won 21–20.  Tomlinson accumulated 195 total yards from scrimmage in a late season game against the Packers to raise his season total to 2,011.  Both teams showed strong offense. In this game, LaDainian Tomlinson broke Jim Brown's rushing record and was congratulated by him. The prize was a trip to Mexico. The Chargers would contribute a $200 million stadium loan from the NFL and personal seat license fees to the construction costs, and they would pay $1 per year in rent to the Rams.. The Chargers lost their first game of the 2005 season to the Dallas Cowboys at home 28–24, and their second game 20–17 in Denver against the Broncos. For the rest of the season the Chargers won each game, including those against the NFC East teams.  The Chargers finished the season 11-5 and won the AFC West title, making their first playoff appearance in a decade. Stabler fumbled the ball forward, and it rolled forward towards the San Diego goal line. On January 14, 2014, the Chargers announced Frank Reich, the quarterback coach, would replace Whisenhunt as the team's offensive coordinator. They won their first playoff game in 17 years.  The anchoring players were Earl Faison and Ernie Ladd. 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Running back Danny Woodhead did not play due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury. ESPN journalists named the epic the best game in NFL history. The defensive linemen, Johnson and Kelcher, left for San Francisco. The Chiefs rallied in the second half, defeating the Chargers 33–27. With Dan Fouts as quarterback, the San Diego Chargers' offense was among the greatest and most exciting passing offenses in National Football League history, setting league and individual offensive records. During the 1986 San Diego Chargers season, following the resignation of Coryell, Al Saunders was named head coach. On Thanksgiving Day, Buffalo defeated the Chargers 27–24 at Balboa Stadium. On December 17, 1979, the Chargers won their first AFC West division title by defeating the Denver Broncos 17-7 before a national Monday Night Football television audience and their home crowd. The Chargers, however, were given an approval to relocate in one year's time, under the condition they negotiate a lease or partnership agreement with the Rams.  With players such as Alworth, Paul Lowe, Keith Lincoln and John Hadl, the Chargers reached the AFL championship game four times and won it once. Lance Alworth left the game with a knee injury, and the fullback, Keith Lincoln was sidelined in the first quarter with a fractured rib. Despite these statistics, the team did not make the playoffs, a situation only shared with the 1953 Eagles team.  After playing eleven games of the season, Dean went on to become the UPI NFC Defensive Player of the Year. Hunt said that he visited Hilton for less than an hour and Hilton immediately agreed to start a team. Defensive end, Dean was traded to the 49ers again after a pay dispute.  The members of the Hall of Fame are honored at the Chargers' "Ring of Honor", founded in 2000. The AFL teams signed a five-year television contract with the National Broadcasting Company for $36 million to commence in 1965. In the AFC Championship Game, big plays and turnovers got the Chargers down, 28 to 7.