2002 San Diego Chargers Season
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2002 San Diego Chargers Season

2002 San Diego Chargers season
Head coachMarty Schottenheimer
General managerJohn Butler
OwnerAlex Spanos
Home fieldQualcomm Stadium
Results
Record8-8
Division place3rd AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersRB Ladainian Tomlinson
LB Junior Seau
LB Donnie Edwards

The 2002 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's 33rd season in the National Football League (NFL), its 43rd overall and the first under head coach Marty Schottenheimer. Their stadium, Qualcomm Stadium, hosted Super Bowl XXXVII at the end of the season, but the Chargers' failure to secure a playoff berth marked the 18th straight time that the Super Bowl did not include the team in whose region the game was being played; This has not been done since Super Bowl XIX . Their division was reduced to four teams at the start of the season with the Seattle Seahawks moving to the NFC. Despite starting the season at 4-0 and ending 6-2 halfway through, the Chargers only went 2-6 in their last 8 games.

Offseason

Additions Subtractions
TE Stephen Alexander (Redskins) TE Steve Heiden (Browns)
LB Donnie Edwards (Chiefs) LB John Holecek (Falcons)
G Bob Hallen (Falcons) LB Sam Rogers (Falcons)
C Cory Raymer (Redskins) G Raleigh Roundtree (Cardinals)
DT Jason Fisk (Titans) TE Freddie Jones (Cardinals)
SS Keith Lyle (Redskins) G DeMingo Graham (Texans)

NFL Draft

2002 San Diego Chargers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 5 Quentin Jammer  Cornerback Texas
2 39 Toniu Fonoti  Guard Nebraska
2 48 Reche Caldwell  Wide Receiver Florida
3 71 Ben Leber  Linebacker Kansas State
4 103 Justin Peelle  Tight End Oregon
5 142 Terry Charles  Wide Receiver Portland State
6 178 Matt Anderle  Tackle Minnesota
7 216 Seth Burford  Quarterback Cal Poly
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Undrafted free agents

2002 undrafted free agents of note
Player Position College
Jason Ball Center New Hampshire
Jesse Chatman Running Back Eastern Washington
Vernon Fox Safety Fresno State
Josh Norman Tight End Oklahoma

Personnel

Staff

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Roster

Schedule

In addition to their regular games with AFC West rivals, the Chargers played teams from the AFC East and NFC West as per the schedule rotation, and also played intraconference games against the Texans and the Bengals based on divisional positions from 2001.

Week Date Opponent Result TV TV Time (PT) Attendance
1 September 8, 2002 at Cincinnati Bengals W 34-6 CBS 10:00am
53,705
2 September 15, 2002 Houston Texans W 24-3 CBS 1:15pm
56,098
3 September 22, 2002 at Arizona Cardinals W 23-15 CBS 1:05pm
28,980
4 September 29, 2002 New England Patriots W 21-14 CBS 1:15pm
66,463
5 October 6, 2002 at Denver Broncos L 26-9 CBS 1:05pm
75,065
6 October 13, 2002 Kansas City Chiefs W 35-34 CBS 1:15pm
58,995
7 October 20, 2002 at Oakland Raiders W 27-21 (OT) CBS 1:05pm
60,974
8 Bye
9 November 3, 2002 New York Jets L 44-13 CBS 1:05pm
59,772
10 November 10, 2002 at St. Louis Rams L 28-24 CBS 10:00am
66,093
11 November 17, 2002 San Francisco 49ers W 20-17 (OT) FOX 1:05pm
67,161
12 November 24, 2002 at Miami Dolphins L 30-3 CBS 10:00am
73,138
13 December 1, 2002 Denver Broncos W 30-27 (OT) CBS 1:05pm
66,357
14 December 8, 2002 Oakland Raiders L 27-7 CBS 1:15pm
67,968
15 December 15, 2002 at Buffalo Bills L 20-13 CBS 10:00am
61,838
16 December 22, 2002 at Kansas City Chiefs L 24-22 CBS 10:00am
77,899
17 December 29, 2002 Seattle Seahawks L 31-28 (OT) FOX 1:15pm
52,159

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
• Chargers 10 1077 34
Bengals 0 033 6

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Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1)Oakland Raiders 11 5 0 .688 4-2 9-3 450 304 W2
Denver Broncos 9 7 0 .563 3-3 5-7 392 344 W1
San Diego Chargers 8 8 0 .500 3-3 6-6 333 367 L4
Kansas City Chiefs 8 8 0 .500 2-4 6-6 467 399 L1

Playoffs

The Chargers did not make the playoffs, but they had a chance to clinch a wild card spot. They needed to beat the Seahawks and have the Browns lose to the Falcons. The Browns beat the Falcons, and the Chargers lost to the Seahawks and were eliminated from contention after the Browns won.

References

  1. ^ 2012 San Diego Chargers Media Guide. pp. 263-264. Archived from the original on October 15, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com

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