San Diego Chargers Tickets
The San Diego Chargers have recently been renamed the Los Angeles Chargers. In a way, the team has come back to its original home. The Chargers were originally established as the Los Angeles Chargers in 1960 and then a year after relocated to San Diego. The San Diego Chargers played as a professional football team in San Diego from 1961 to 2016. The Chargers play in the National Football League (NFL) American Football Conference (AFC) West division. The team joined the league once the American Football League (AFL) and NFL merged in 1970. In San Diego, the team played its home games at Qualcomm Stadium. They will now play their home games at the StubHub Center till 2019 when the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park opens.
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The team now known as the Los Angeles Chargers was established in 1959 as a member of the AFL. After playing their inaugural season in Los Angeles in 1960, the team moved to San Diego in 1961. They stayed there for 56 years. In 2017, the Chargers owner, Alex Spanos, announced that the team is moving back to Los Angeles, taking the name “Chargers” with them.
The Chargers in Los Angeles have played under the guidance of Anthony Lynn, their head coach since 2017. He was previously with the Buffalo Bills. Tom Telesco is the team’s manager, who has been with the Chargers since 2013.
Chargers in the AFL
The Chargers, like their name, were “charged” from the very beginning. In their inaugural season in the AFL, which they played as the Los Angeles Chargers, the team ended its regular season with a 10-4 record. They advanced into the playoffs as the AFL West division champions, but lost to the Oilers in the AFL Championship game. With this, the team moved to San Diego.
The San Diego Chargers played in the AFL from 1961 to 1970. Sid Gillman, A Hall of Famer, was their head coach while they remained part of the AFL, and Gillman turned the team into a formidable offensive unit. This was the team of football greats such as Lance “Bambi” Alworth, John Hadl, Keith Lincoln and Paul Lowe. With such an offensive lineup, the Chargers’ games became known for their high scores. For the league’s first six seasons, the Chargers won five divisional titles. In 1963, the team won its first AFL title by routing the Boston Patriots 51-10. Not to be outdone, the Chargers defense was equally effective.
The phrase, Fearsome Foursome, which was later adopted by many teams, was actually originated by the Chargers. The Chargers defensive team, which consisted of all-star players such as Earl Faison, Ernie Ladd, Bill Hudson and Ron Nery were called the Fearsome Foursome.
Chargers in the NFL
After the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, the San Diego Chargers were placed in the AFC West division. However, they did not have a good start in the new league, as most of their star players by then had either retired or traded. The Chargers did however acquire all-star players Johnny Unitas and Deacon Jones, but these players had seen the peak of their career and could not do much. As a result, the Chargers from 1970 to 1978, played rather mediocre games and ended up losing most of their regular seasons. They were also involved in the first major drug scandal in the NFL.
By 1979, the Chargers were on rebound. They ended their regular season with a 12-4 record and stood first in AFC West. They then advanced into the playoffs (their first in 13 seasons), only to lose to the Oilers. Their next season was even better. The Chargers won the divisional playoffs against the Bills and advanced to the conference championship game, where they were defeated by the Raiders 27-34. In 1981, the Chargers won the AFC West with a 10-6 record. They won their divisional playoffs against the Dolphins 41-38, but lost to the Bengals in the conference championship game. In 1982, the Chargers were once again in the playoffs but lost in the second-round playoff game against the Dolphins. All in all, from 1979 to 1982, the Chargers consistently made the playoffs.
The San Diego Chargers, however, slumped again from 1983 to 1991.
In the Super Bowl
The 1992 season started off dramatically for the team; they lost their first four regular season games. However, the Chargers would come back and end their regular season with an 11-5 record, clinching the AFC West title along the way. The Chargers were able to pull off this feat by winning 11 of the remaining 12 regular season games. As a result, their head coach Bobby Ross was named NFL Coach of the Year. While they ultimately lost in the playoffs, the team was only getting warmed up for the 1994 season.
The Chargers have made it to the Super Bowl once in 1994. They clinched the AFC West title and in the playoffs defeated strong teams such as the Dolphins and the Steelers. Super Bowl XXIX was played on January 29, 1995, at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami. The game was played between the Chargers and the San Francisco 49ers, in which Steve Young’s offense was virtually unstoppable. As a result, the Chargers lost 26-49.
Post Super Bowl Chargers of Today
Since 1994, the San Diego Chargers have made it to 7 playoffs. They have however not been able to pull off a winning season since 2015. But, with relocation, a new name and most importantly under the strong arm of their quarterback Philip Rivers, the Los Angeles Chargers are hoping to turn things around in their new home, StubHub Center and later the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park.
Looking at the roster, the Los Angeles Chargers are expected to have a strong 2017 season. You can get your Los Angeles Chargers tickets here.