2012 San Diego Chargers season
Head Coach Norv Turner
Home Field Qualcomm Stadium
Results
Record 4–4
Place 2nd AFC West
Playoff Finish
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 attempted to improve on their 8–8 record in 2011 and return to the playoffs. Template:TOC limit

Offseason[edit | edit source]

2012 draft class[edit | edit source]

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

Preseason[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

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

Date Opponent Results Game site NFL.com
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Final score Team record
August 9 Green Bay W 21–13 1–0 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
August 18 Dallas W 28–20 2–0 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
August 24 at Minnesota W 12–10 3–0 Metrodome Recap
August 30 at San Francisco L 3–35 3–1 Candlestick Park Recap

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Results Game site NFL.com
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Score Record
1 September 10 at Oakland W 22–14 1–0 O.co Coliseum Recap
2 September 16 Tennessee W 38–10 2–0 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
3 September 23 Atlanta L 3–27 2–1 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
4 September 30 at Kansas City W 37–20 3–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
5 October 7 at New Orleans L 24–31 3–2 Superdome Recap
6 October 15 Denver L 24–35 3–3 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
7 Bye week
8 October 28 at Cleveland L 6–7 3–4 Cleveland Browns Stadium Recap
9 November 1 Kansas City W 31–13 4–4 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
10 November 11 at Tampa Bay L 24–34 4–5 Raymond James Stadium Recap
11 November 18 at Denver L 23–30 4–6 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
12 November 25 Baltimore L 13–16 (OT) 4–7 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
13 December 2 Cincinnati L 13–20 4–8 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
14 December 9 at Pittsburgh W 34–24 5–8 Heinz Field Recap
15 December 16 Carolina L 7–31 5–9 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
16 December 23 at New York Jets W 27–17 6–9 MetLife Stadium Recap
17 December 30 Oakland W 24–21 7–9 Qualcomm Stadium Recap

LEGEND:

Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
 #  Game played with the alternate powder blue jerseys.
     Indicates that the game was blacked out locally due to low ticket sales.
 *  Indicates that the game time and/or network is subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling.
     Indicates that the game time and/or network has been protected from flexible scheduling by said network.[1]

Game summaries[edit | edit source]

Week 1: at Oakland Raiders[edit | edit source]

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

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With their 2nd straight win over the Raiders, the Chargers started their season 1-0.

Week 2: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit | edit source]

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

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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 | edit source]

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

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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.[2]

Week 4: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit | edit source]

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

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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.[3] 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.[4] Nick Novak filled in for kicker Nate Kaeding, who was out with a groin injury, and made all three of his field goals.[3]

Week 5: at New Orleans Saints[edit | edit source]

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

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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.[5]

With the loss, 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.[5]

Week 6: vs. Denver Broncos[edit | edit source]

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

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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.[6]

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.[6]

After the game, Fox Sports insider Jay Glazer reported that the Chargers used an "illegal stickum-type sustance" 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.[7] Chargers head coach Norv Turner denied that the team cheated, and stated that the object was a towel with a substance that dries footballs.[8]

Week 8: at Cleveland Browns[edit | edit source]

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

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San Diego lost their third straight game, 7–6 on the road to the Cleveland Browns. 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 (65 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.

With the loss, the Chargers fell to 3-4. With the Broncos' win that same week, the Chargers now sit in 2nd place tied with the Raiders in the AFC West. [9]

Week 9: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit | edit source]

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

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With their win, the Chargers improved to 4-4 and swept the Chiefs for the first time since 2009.

Week 10: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit | edit source]

Week Ten: San Diego Chargers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0
Buccaneers 0

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: November 11
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
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Week 11: at Denver Broncos[edit | edit source]

Week Eleven: San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0
Broncos 0

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 2:25 p.m. MST/1:25 p.m. PST
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
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Week 12: vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit | edit source]

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

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PST
  • TV: CBS
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Week 13: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit | edit source]

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

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
  • TV: CBS
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Week 14: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit | edit source]

Week Fourteen: San Diego Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0
Steelers 0

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: December 9
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • TV: CBS
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Week 15: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit | edit source]

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

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PST
  • TV: Fox
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Week 16: at New York Jets[edit | edit source]

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

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: December 23
  • Game time: 8:20 p.m. EST/5:20 p.m. PST
  • TV: NBC
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Week 17: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit | edit source]

Week Seventeen: Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0
Chargers 0

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
  • TV: CBS
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