San Diego, California - The San Diego Chargers open the 2014 regular season on national television in Arizona against the Cardinals as the second-half of ESPN’s Monday Night Football season-opening double-header on Monday, Sept. 8 at 7:20 p.m. PT. The game will take place at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona and it will mark the sixth time in nine years (since 2006) the Bolts will kick off the season as the second game on Monday Night Football.
The challenge continues in Week 2 as the Chargers have a short week to prepare for the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, the Chargers’ opponent in their home opener on Sunday, Sept. 14 at Qualcomm Stadium (1:05 p.m. PT). The Seahawks open their season at home on Thursday night, Sept. 4, giving them five additional days to prepare for their meeting with the Chargers.
The Chargers face their first two regular-season opponents in the preseason as well, playing at Seattle in Preseason Week 2 and hosting Arizona in Preseason Week 4. The two meetings against the Cardinals are just 12 days apart.
The Chargers play the NFL’s fourth-toughest schedule in 2014 based on their opponent’s won-loss record last season.
“The announcement of the schedule is always exciting for our players, our entire organization, and especially our fans,” said Head Coach Mike McCoy. “It’s going to be a challenge this year, as it is every year. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season.”
The Chargers hit the road again in Week 3, traveling to Buffalo for a 10 a.m. PT kickoff at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 21. Afterward, the Bolts will return home for a two-game homestand, their first of three on the season. The Chargers will host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Sept. 28 (1:05 p.m.) and the New York Jets on Sunday, Oct. 5 (1:25 p.m.). The Bolts beat the Jaguars last season in Jacksonville, 24-6.
The Chargers delve into AFC West play on Sunday, Oct. 12 and start a stretch in which they’ll play three-straight division games in a span of just 12 days. The Bolts will play in Oakland on Sunday, Oct. 12 (1:05 p.m.), they’ll host Kansas City on Sunday, Oct. 19 (1:05 p.m.), and they’ll complete the stretch with a Thursday night game in Denver on Oct. 23 at 5:25 p.m. PT. The Broncos contest will be a nationally-televised game on CBS, marking the second year in a row the Bolts and Broncos will meet on national TV on a Thursday night in the Mile High City.
A road game in Miami on Sunday, Nov. 2 (10 a.m.) marks the Bolts’ final game before their bye on Nov. 9.
The Chargers return from their bye with seven regular-season games remaining, including four played at Qualcomm Stadium. They start with back-to-back games at home, starting with the Raiders’ annual visit to San Diego on Sunday, Nov. 16 (1:05 p.m.), followed by a meeting with the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Nov. 23 (1:05 p.m.).
The team’s tough schedule continues over the final five weeks as the Chargers face four playoff teams and a fifth, Baltimore, whom the Bolts narrowly edged out for the sixth and final playoff spot just a year ago.
The stretch begins with the game against the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Sunday, Nov. 30 at 10:00 a.m. PT. The Bolts will return home from Baltimore to play their final two home games of the regular season against the teams who competed in the AFC Championship Game just three months ago. The Bolts will host the New England Patriots on Sunday, Dec. 7 at Qualcomm Stadium on national television on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Kickoff will be 5:30 p.m. PT. It will mark the team’s third nationally-televised night game of the season and Sunday Night Football’s first visit to San Diego since 2011. A week later, the Chargers will welcome the defending AFC Champion Broncos to San Diego for a Sunday afternoon game on Dec. 14 at 1:05 p.m.
The Chargers will conclude their regular-season schedule with a pair of road games. The first is a trip to new Levi’s Stadium in the Bay Area to face the San Francisco 49ers on national television on Saturday, Dec. 20. The 49ers have played in the NFC Championship Game the last three seasons (2011-13) and in 2012, they played against the Ravens in Super Bowl XLV.
The NFL has scheduled only two games for that Saturday. Philadelphia-Washington is the other game that day. The League will decide when those games will be played at least two weeks prior to Dec. 20. The games will be played at either 1:30 or 5:15 p.m. PT and will be televised by either CBS or the NFL Network.
For the second year in a row, the Chargers will close out the regular season against the Chiefs, except this year’s meeting is scheduled for Arrowhead Stadium. It’ll take place on Sunday, Dec. 28 with kickoff at 10 a.m. PT. Last season, the Chargers edged the Chiefs in overtime, 27-24, to claim the sixth and final spot in the AFC Playoff field.
Season Tickets for all 10 Chargers home games, including preseason, are available now by calling 1-877-Chargers or logging onto http://www.chargers.com/tickets/season-tickets.html. The Ticket Office at Qualcomm Stadium Gate C is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The only way to purchase tickets to regular-season games is through the purchase of season tickets. Single-game tickets to the regular season are not currently on sale.