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2012 San Diego Chargers season

2012 San Diego Chargers season
Head coach Norv Turner
General manager A.J. Smith
Owner Alex Spanos
Home field Qualcomm Stadium
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 2nd AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers None
AP All-Pros Eric Weddle, S
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 failed to improve on their 8–8 record from 2011 and missed the playoffs for a third consecutive season, resulting in Turner's firing on December 31, 2012.

2012 draft class

Main article: 2012 NFL Draft
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

Staff

2012 San Diego Chargers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster

2012 San Diego Chargers final roster
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Schedule

Preseason

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

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 9 5:00 p.m. PDT Green Bay Packers W 21–13 1–0 Qualcomm Stadium ESPN/KFMB Recap
2 August 18 6:00 p.m. PDT Dallas Cowboys W 28–20 2–0 Qualcomm Stadium NFLN/KFMB Recap
3 August 24 5:00 p.m. PDT at Minnesota Vikings W 12–10 3–0 Mall of America Field KFMB Recap
4 August 30 7:00 p.m. PDT at San Francisco 49ers L 3–35 3–1 Candlestick Park KFMB Recap

Regular season

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 10 7:15 p.m. PDT at Oakland Raiders W 22–14 1–0 O.co Coliseum ESPN[a] Recap
2 September 16 1:25 p.m. PDT Tennessee Titans W 38–10 2–0 Qualcomm Stadium CBS Recap
3 September 23 1:05 p.m. PDT Atlanta Falcons L 3–27 2–1 Qualcomm Stadium Fox Recap
4 September 30 10:00 a.m. PDT at Kansas City Chiefs W 37–20 3–1 Arrowhead Stadium CBS Recap
5 October 7 5:20 p.m. PDT at New Orleans Saints L 24–31 3–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome NBC Recap
6 October 15 5:30 p.m. PDT Denver Broncos L 24–35 3–3 Qualcomm Stadium ESPN[a] Recap
7 Bye
8 October 28 10:00 a.m. PDT at Cleveland Browns L 6–7 3–4 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap
9 November 1 5:20 p.m. PDT Kansas City Chiefs W 31–13 4–4 Qualcomm Stadium NFLN[a] Recap
10 November 11 10:00 a.m. PST at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 24–34 4–5 Raymond James Stadium CBS Recap
11 November 18 1:25 p.m. PST at Denver Broncos L 23–30 4–6 Sports Authority Field at Mile High CBS Recap
12 November 25 1:05 p.m. PST Baltimore Ravens L 13–16 (OT) 4–7 Qualcomm Stadium CBS Recap
13 December 2 1:25 p.m. PST Cincinnati Bengals L 13–20 4–8 Qualcomm Stadium CBS Recap
14 December 9 10:00 a.m. PST at Pittsburgh Steelers W 34–24 5–8 Heinz Field CBS Recap
15 December 16 1:05 p.m. PST Carolina Panthers L 7–31 5–9 Qualcomm Stadium Fox Recap
16 December 23 10:00 a.m. PST[1] at New York Jets W 27–17 6–9 MetLife Stadium CBS[1] Recap
17 December 30 1:25 p.m. PST Oakland Raiders W 24–21 7–9 Qualcomm Stadium CBS Recap
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Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
^[a] Simulcast locally on KFMB-TV.
     Indicates that the game was blacked out locally due to low ticket sales.

Game summaries

Week 1: at Oakland Raiders

Week One: San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 3 7 6622
Raiders 3 3 0814

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San Diego led at halftime 10–6, and the Raiders did not scored a touchdown until 54 seconds remained in the game.[3] Undrafted rookie Mike Harris made his first NFL start, filing in for left tackle for an injured Jared Gaither.[2] San Diego protected Harris by having Rivers throw short passes; sixteen of Rivers' 24 completions were to running backs and tight ends, and he threw for 231 yards while only being sacked once. He did not have an interception after throwing 20 in 2011.

The win was the Chargers' eighth in their previous nine games at Oakland.[3] It improved Norv Turner's record to 4–2 in Chargers' season openers. Running back Ryan Mathews and receiver Vincent Brown missed the game with injuries.[2]

Week 2: vs. Tennessee Titans

Week Two: Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Titans 0 3 7010
Chargers 14 3 71438

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: September 16
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  • Referee: Bruce Hermanson
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Week 3: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week Three: Atlanta Falcons at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 6 14 0727
Chargers 0 0 303

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Week 4: at Kansas City Chiefs

Week Four: San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 17 10 01037
Chiefs 0 6 7720

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: September 30
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  • Referee: Bill Leavy
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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.[5] 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.[6] Nick Novak filled in for kicker Nate Kaeding, who was out with a groin injury, and made all three of his field goals.[5]

Week 5: at New Orleans Saints

Week Five: San Diego Chargers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 7 10 7024
Saints 7 7 71031

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

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With the loss, San Diego missed an opportunity to take a two-game lead over the Denver Broncos for the AFC West.[8] 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.[7]

Week 6: vs. Denver Broncos

Week Six: Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 0 0 142135
Chargers 10 14 0024

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

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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.[9]

After the game, Fox Sports insider Jay Glazer reported that the Chargers used an "illegal stickum-type substance" 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.[10] Chargers head coach Norv Turner denied that the team cheated, and stated that the object was a towel with a substance that dries footballs.[11] The product was later identified as Gorilla Gold Grip Enhancer.[12] On November 7, the league stated that the Chargers did not cheat, but fined the team $20,000.[13]

Week 8: at Cleveland Browns

Week Eight: San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 0 3 306
Browns 7 0 007

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: October 28
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. PDT
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  • Game attendance: 65,337
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Rich Gannon

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With the Broncos' win that same week, the Chargers fell into a second place tie with the Raiders in the AFC West.

Week 9: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Week Nine: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 3 3713
Chargers 7 3 02131

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

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Rivers threw for 220 yards, but had an interception in the red zone to end the first half. Danario Alexander started at wide receiver for an injured Meachem, and receiver Eddie Royal also sat out the game. Nose tackle Antonio Garay played his first game of the year.[15] Some fans at halftime held a sign that read "Mr. Spanos, please fire A.J. & Norv." Team president Dean Spanos in January had decided to bring back coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith despite having won only three (3) playoff games in five (5) seasons (first year 2007), failing to qualify in the previous two season. Norv had a 3–3 playoff record with the Chargers between 2007–2009, the only years the Chargers made the playoffs during Norvs tenure.[16][17]

Week 10: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week Ten: San Diego Chargers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 14 7 0324
Buccaneers 7 10 71034

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: November 11
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  • Game attendance: 54,813
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots

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Alexander had five receptions for 134 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown. Vincent Jackson, who left the Chargers as a free agent for Tampa Bay, had five receptions for 59 yards in his first game against San Diego.[19]

Week 11: at Denver Broncos

Week Eleven: San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 7 0 9723
Broncos 0 17 7630

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: November 18
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  • Game attendance: 76,769
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots

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The Chargers offense was shutout in the first half. Their first 12 possession resulted in 10 punts and two turnovers. Rivers was 9-for-20 for 60 yards and an interception, and the running game had only 8 yards on 11 attempts.[21] The Chargers first 9 points of the game were scored by the defense—an interception returned for a touchdown by Eric Weddle, and a safety by Shaun Phillips. Rivers threw for 198 of his 258 yards in the second half while throwing two touchdowns. Manning finished the game with 270 yards and three touchdown for Denver.[20]

Denver swept the season series against the Chargers, giving them the advantage in a tiebreaker with San Diego if needed. "They're not losing four of six, I can guarantee you that," Rivers said in conceding the division.[20] He was part of the 2008 team that trailed Denver by three games with three remaining before winning the division as the Broncos collapsed.[21]

Week 12: vs. Baltimore Ravens

Week Twelve: Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Ravens 0 0 310316
Chargers 0 10 03013

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PST
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  • Game attendance: 57,882
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts (blacked out locally)

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San Diego (4–7) led 13–3 with 7:51 remaining in the game before losing 16–13 in overtime to the Baltimore Ravens (9–2). The Ravens faced fourth-and-29 at their own 37 with 1:37 left when running back Ray Rice caught a pass one yard past the line of scrimmage.[22] He ran to the 50-yard line, where he made three Chargers miss with a 90-degree cut to his left. Rice gained the 29 yards needed for a first down after escaping safety Eric Weddle, who received a concussion on the play as he was blocked by wide receiver Anquan Boldin.[8][23] The Ravens kicked a 38-yard field goal to tie the game at the end of regulation, and made another 38-yarder to win with 1:07 left in overtime.[22]

Rivers threw a 21-yard touchdown to Floyd and Novak kicked two field goals for the Chargers' scores. Rivers was sacked six times, but did not have a turnover for only the third time in 11 games; he entered the contest with 14 interceptions and four lost fumbles.[22] The Ravens' fourth-and-29 was the longest fourth-down conversion in the NFL since 2001. It was the third time the Chargers blew a double-digit lead in the second half, including the earlier back-to-back losses to the Saints and Broncos. After being 8–0 under Turner in November from 2009–2010, San Diego fell to 1–7, the second-worst November record in the league since 2011.[22]

Week 13: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Week Thirteen: Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
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Bengals 7 3 01020
Chargers 0 13 0013

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  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
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  • Game attendance: 54,980
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon (blacked out locally)

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Williams intercepted Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and returned it for a 31-yard touchdown, his second score of the season. Rivers had two turnovers in the final 3:54. A fumble set up a field goal for the Bengals, and he threw an interception on fourth-and-10 from Cincinnati's 17 with 49 seconds remaining. The Chargers' offense was held without a touchdown for the third time in the season.[24]

The Charger's home crowd of 54,980 was their lowest since 2004. It was their second straight blackout and third of the season. Meachem did not have a pass thrown to him for the second straight week; it was his fifth game without a catch.[25]

Week 14: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week Fourteen: San Diego Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 3 10 14734
Steelers 0 3 71424

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: December 9
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST
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  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms

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Week 15: vs. Carolina Panthers

Week Fifteen: Carolina Panthers at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
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Panthers 21 3 7031
Chargers 0 0 077

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PST
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  • Game attendance: 53,832
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen, Heath Evans and Jill Savage (blacked out locally)

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Week 16: at New York Jets

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Chargers 7 3 14327
Jets 14 0 0317

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: December 23
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  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS[1]): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon

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Week 17: vs. Oakland Raiders

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Raiders 0 7 01421
Chargers 10 7 7024

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
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  • Game attendance: 66,486
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker

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Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Denver Broncos 13 3 0 .813 6–0 10–2 481 289 W11
San Diego Chargers 7 9 0 .438 4–2 7–5 350 350 W2
Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 .250 2–4 4–8 290 443 L2
Kansas City Chiefs 2 14 0 .125 0–6 0–12 211 425 L4

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