2004 San Diego Chargers Season
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2004 San Diego Chargers Season

2004 San Diego Chargers season
Head coachMarty Schottenheimer
General managerA.J. Smith
OwnerAlex Spanos
Home fieldQualcomm Stadium
Results
Record12-4
Division place1st AFC West
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (Jets) (20-17 OT)
Pro BowlersRB LaDainian Tomlinson
QB Drew Brees
TE Antonio Gates

The 2004 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's 34th season in the National Football League (NFL), its 44th overall and the third under head coach Marty Schottenheimer. The team improved on their 4-12 record in 2003 and finished the regular season 12-4 and made the playoffs for the first time in nine years, as it was the team's first division title since the 1994 season. In the playoffs they lost in overtime to the New York Jets. At the end of the season Marty Schottenheimer was named NFL Coach of the Year.

Offseason

NFL draft

Entering the draft, the consensus top pick was Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning. However, Manning had said prior to the draft that he did not want to play for the Chargers and would not sign with them if he was drafted. The Chargers would strike a deal with the Giants before the draft that would shape the future of both franchises. The Chargers would select Manning first overall, as they had intended to. The Giants would then draft quarterback Philip Rivers of North Carolina State, and then swap him and two 2005 draft picks for Manning.

2004 San Diego Chargers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 1 Eli Manning *  QB Ole Miss traded to NY Giants
2 35 Igor Olshansky  DT Oregon
2 62 Terrence Kiel  S Texas A&M from Green Bay via Philadelphia
3 65 Nate Kaeding *  K Iowa From NY Giants
3 66 Nick Hardwick *  C Purdue
4 98 Shawn Phillips *  DE Purdue
5 133 Dave Ball  DE UCLA
5 154 Michael Turner *  RB NIU from Miami
6 169 Ryan Krause  TE Nebraska-Omaha
7 204 Ryon Bingham  DT Nebraska
7 209 Shane Olivea  OT Ohio State from Atlanta
7 254 Carlos Joseph  OT Miami (FL)
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel

Staff

[1]

Roster

Regular season

Schedule

In addition to their regular games with AFC West rivals, the Chargers played games against the AFC South and NFC South as per the schedule rotation, and also played against the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns who finished fourth in the other AFC divisions in 2003.

Week Date Opponent Result Record TV Attendance
1 September 12, 2004 at Houston Texans W 27-20 1-0 CBS
70,255
2 September 19, 2004 New York Jets L 34-28 1-1 CBS
57,310
3 September 26, 2004 at Denver Broncos L 23-13 1-2 CBS
74,553
4 October 3, 2004 Tennessee Titans W 38-17 2-2 CBS
54,006
5 October 10, 2004 Jacksonville Jaguars W 34-21 3-2 CBS
52,101
6 October 17, 2004 at Atlanta Falcons L 21-20 3-3 CBS
70,187
7 October 24, 2004 at Carolina Panthers W 17-6 4-3 CBS
73,096
8 October 31, 2004 Oakland Raiders W 42-14 5-3 CBS
66,210
9 November 7, 2004 New Orleans Saints W 43-17 6-3 FOX
59,662
10 Bye
11 November 21, 2004 at Oakland Raiders W 23-17 7-3 CBS
46,905
12 November 28, 2004 at Kansas City Chiefs W 34-31 8-3 CBS
77,447
13 December 5, 2004 Denver Broncos W 20-17 9-3 CBS
65,395
14 December 12, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31-24 10-3 FOX
65,858
15 December 19, 2004 at Cleveland Browns W 21-0 11-3 CBS
72,489
16 December 26, 2004 at Indianapolis Colts L 34-31 (OT) 11-4 CBS
57,330
17 January 2, 2005 Kansas City Chiefs W 24-17 12-4 CBS
64,920

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4)San Diego Chargers 12 4 0 .750 5-1 9-3 446 313 W1
(6)Denver Broncos 10 6 0 .625 3-3 7-5 381 304 W2
Kansas City Chiefs 7 9 0 .438 3-3 6-6 483 435 L1
Oakland Raiders 5 11 0 .313 1-5 3-9 320 422 L2

Game summaries

Week 1: at Houston Texans

1 234Total
Chargers 3 7107 27
Texans 3 1070 20

Week 2: vs. New York Jets

1 234Total
Jets 14 3107 34
Chargers 0 7714 28
  • Date: September 19
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
  • Game weather: 73 °F (22.8 °C), humidity 67 percent, wind 9 miles per hour (14 km/h; 7.8 kn)

Week 3: at Denver Broncos

1 234Total
Chargers 3 073 13
Broncos 7 673 23

Week 4: vs. Tennessee Titans

1 234Total
Titans 0 7010 17
Chargers 7 14314 38
  • Date: October 3
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
  • Game weather: 74 °F (23.3 °C), humidity 69 percent, wind 9 miles per hour (14 km/h; 7.8 kn)

Week 5: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

1 234Total
Jaguars 0 7014 21
Chargers 14 767 34
  • Date: October 10
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
  • Game weather: 68 °F (20 °C), humidity 76 percent, wind 9 miles per hour (14 km/h; 7.8 kn)

Week 6: at Atlanta Falcons

1 234Total
Chargers 0 1433 20
Falcons 0 7014 21

This was the first time in their history, the Chargers beat the Falcons.

Week 7: at Carolina Panthers

1 234Total
Chargers 0 0107 17
Panthers 6 000 6
  • Date: October 24
  • Location: Ericsson Stadium, Charlotte, NC
  • Game weather: 58 °F (14.4 °C), humidity 90 percent, wind 7 miles per hour (11 km/h; 6.1 kn)

Week 8: vs. Oakland Raiders

1 234Total
Raiders 0 770 14
Chargers 14 14140 42
  • Date: October 31
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
  • Game weather: 69 °F (20.6 °C), humidity 57 percent, wind 8 miles per hour (13 km/h; 7.0 kn)

Week 9: vs. New Orleans Saints

1 234Total
Saints 0 7010 17
Chargers 14 6167 43
  • Date: November 7
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
  • Game weather: 63 °F (17.2 °C), humidity 78 percent, wind 8 miles per hour (13 km/h; 7.0 kn)

Week 11: at Oakland Raiders

1 234Total
Chargers 6 737 23
Raiders 0 773 17
  • Date: November 21
  • Location: McAfee Coliseum, Oakland, CA
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16.1 °C), humidity 28 percent, wind 18 miles per hour (29 km/h; 16 kn)

Week 12: at Kansas City Chiefs

1 234Total
Chargers 7 7317 34
Chiefs 7 10014 31

Week 13: vs. Denver Broncos

1 234Total
Broncos 0 7010 17
Chargers 7 1030 20
  • Date: December 5
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
  • Game weather: 58 °F (14.4 °C), humidity 77 percent, wind 9 miles per hour (14 km/h; 7.8 kn)

Week 14: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1 234Total
Buccaneers 0 7710 24
Chargers 0 14710 31
  • Date: December 12
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
  • Game weather: 69 °F (20.6 °C), humidity 63 percent, wind 8 miles per hour (13 km/h; 7.0 kn)

Week 15: at Cleveland Browns

1 234Total
Chargers 7 770 21
Browns 0 000 0
  • Date: December 19
  • Location: Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, OH
  • Game weather: 18 °F (-7.8 °C), humidity 68 percent, wind 30 miles per hour (48 km/h; 26 kn), wind chill -10 °F or -23.3 °C

San Diego clinches its first division title since 1994.

Week 16: at Indianapolis Colts

1 234OTTotal
Chargers 7 10770 31
Colts 0 97153 34

Week 17: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

1 234Total
Chiefs 0 3014 17
Chargers 3 1407 24
  • Date: January 2
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), humidity 87 percent, wind 9 miles per hour (14 km/h; 7.8 kn)

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result TV Attendance
Wildcard January 8, 2005 New York Jets L 20-17 ABC
67,536

Game summaries

Wild Card: vs. New York Jets

1 234OTTotal
Jets 0 71003 20
Chargers 0 70100 17
  • Date: January 8
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
  • Game weather: 55 °F (12.8 °C), humidity 86 percent, wind 8 miles per hour (13 km/h; 7.0 kn)

See also

References

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

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