-KICKOFF COVERAGE’S: HISTORY OF THE 32 IN 32-
-SAN DIEGO CHARGERS-
CHARGERS HIRE NORV TURNER AS THEIR HEAD COACH WIN AFC WEST & GO 11-5, BEAT COLTS IN THE DIVISIONAL ROUND WITHOUT TOMLINSON & RIVERS, LOSE TO THE PATRIOTS IN THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:
Feb. 12–Marty Schottenheimer is relieved of his duties as head coach of the Chargers.
Feb. 19–Norv Turner is hired as the 14th head coach in team history. He immediately hires Ted Cottrell as the team’s defensive coordinator.
March 14–The Chargers unveil new uniforms for 2007 and beyond at a private fashion show at the U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego. The new uniforms feature Navy blue jerseys and white pants for most home games, white jerseys and Navy pants for road games, and Powder Blue jerseys with white pants for designated home games. The most noticeable change is a metallic-white helmet that features a Gold bolt which is outlined in both powder blue and Navy.
Sept 9–Wearing their new uniforms, the Chargers win their season opener, defeating the defending NFC Champion Chicago Bears, 14-3, before 67,837 at Qualcomm Stadium, the largest crowd ever to watch a home opener in San Diego.
Oct. 7–The Chargers snap a three-game losing streak with a convincing 41-3 win at Denver’s Invesco Field. It was the Broncos’ worst home loss in 41 years, as well as the Chargers’ biggest win over the Broncos in Denver.
Oct. 14–LaDainian Tomlinson ties a team record with four touchdowns as the Bolts shut down the Oakland Raiders, 28-14. Oct. 23–As wildfires rage throughout San Diego County and the air in San Diego is filled with smoke, the Chargers fly to Phoenix and spend the next three days practicing at the Arizona Cardinals’ Training Facility in Tempe, AZ.
Oct. 27–Alex and Dean Spanos pledge $1 million to aid victims of the wildfires and support the community’s firefighting efforts. It’s the largest personal financial commitment to the relief effort. The Spanoses made a similar donation following the fires of 2003.
Oct. 28–Just days after Qualcomm Stadium is cleared as an evacuation site for residents evacuated during the wildfires and with a smoky haze still enveloping the city, the Chargers return home to host the Houston Texans and win the game, 35-10. Antonio Cromartie and Antonio Gates both score two touchdowns for the Bolts.
Nov. 4–Cromartie sets an NFL record for the longest touchdown in NFL history, returning a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half at Minnesota.
Nov. 11–The Chargers defeat the defending Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts, 23-21, on a cool and rainy night in San Diego in front of a national television audience on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Darren Sproles electrifies the home crowd by returning a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns and Cromartie intercepts reigning Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning three times in the first half, including a highlight-reel-worthy leaping one-handed interception. Manning throws a career-high six interceptions on the night.
Dec. 9–The Chargers overcome a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit and defeat the Tennessee Titans on the road in overtime, 23-17. The Chargers score the game-tying touchdown with nine seconds left in the fourth quarter and win it on a 16-yard run by LaDainian Tomlinson in overtime.
Dec. 16–The Chargers rout the Detroit Lions, 51-14, to capture their second-straight AFC West title and their third in the last four years. Norv Turner becomes only the second Chargers coach to win the AFC West in his first season at the helm. Following the game, he presents President-CEO Dean Spanos with a Game Ball in the locker room.
Jan. 1–Chargers President-CEO awards General Manager A.J. Smith with a five-year contract extension thru 2014.
Jan. 6–The Chargers overcome a 6-0 halftime deficit and score 17 unanswered points to beat the Tennessee Titans in an AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Qualcomm Stadium. LaDainian Tomlinson scores two touchdowns, including a leaping score from one-yard out to put away the game midway through the fourth quarter. It’s the Chargers’ first playoff victory since 1995.
Jan. 13–The Chargers shock the football world by knocking the defending Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts out of the playoffs in a Divisional Playoff game, 28-24, in what will be the last-ever game played at the RCA Dome. With Philip Rivers and LaDainian Tomlinson both sidelined with injuries, Darren Sproles and Billy Volek score key late touchdowns, including Volek’s game-winner with 4:50 left in the fourth quarter. San Diego’s defense makes two late-game stands, including one inside the Bolts’ 10-yard line with just over two minutes remaining in the contest.
Jan. 20–The Chargers magical playoff run comes to an end as the Bolts fall to the New England Patriots, 21-12, on a frigid day at Gillette Stadium. Philip Rivers turns in a heroic performance, playing with a torn ACL in his right knee, but the Chargers can only muster four field goals against the Patriots and fall in the conference title game.
I cried after that game. I really though we were going to make it to the big one. LT got hurt and Philip was Quarterbacking with a broken finger and that torn ACL. Shit was bad for us Chargers fan.