- Category: San Diego Chargers
- Created on Saturday, 20 April 2013 12:39
San Diego, California - The Mike McCoy era as the new head coach of the San Diego Chargers will begin in thrilling fashion for fans on national television as the Chargers will open the 2013 NFL season as the second-half of ESPN’s Monday Night Football double-header when they host Matt Schaub, Arian Foster and the reigning NFC South Champion Houston Texans on Monday, September 9.
The game will kick off at 7:20 p.m. PT, immediately following the network’s early game, featuring Philadelphia at Washington.
It will mark the first time in team history that the Chargers have opened a season at home in a nationally-televised night game.
“It’s exciting to finally see the schedule,” said McCoy, “and it looks like a fun schedule for our fans. Every year the schedule presents a long list of challenges, and this year is certainly no different.”
The Texans, who went 12-4 in 2012, have won the last two NFC South titles and last season advanced to the AFC Divisional Playoffs.
Week 1 is followed by a pair of long road trips for the Chargers, the first of three times the Bolts will play back-to-back games away from home. The first is Sept. 15 in Philadelphia (10 a.m. PT), followed by a game in Tennessee on Sept. 22 (10 a.m. PT).
The Chargers will return home on Sept. 29 to host the Dallas Cowboys and their dynamic offense featuring Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. Kickoff is 1:25 p.m. The Cowboys went 8-8 in 2012 and finished third in the NFC East behind Washington and the New York Giants.
The Chargers won’t play an AFC West opponent until Week 5 when they meet the Oakland Raiders at the O.Co. Coliseum on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1:25 p.m. PT. That contest will be followed eight days later when the Chargers host quarterback Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on Monday, Oct. 14 for a 5:40 p.m. PT kickoff. It will be Luck’s first trip to San Diego after being the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Chargers-Colts game also features some interesting subplots as new Chargers General Manager, Tom Telesco, faces the team that he worked for the last 15 seasons, and Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano will match wits with his brother, Chargers defensive coordinator, John Pagano.
Following the Monday nighter against the Colts, the Chargers will again play back-to-back road games with its bye sandwiched in-between. The first is an Oct. 20 contest at Jacksonville (10 a.m. PT), followed by the bye weekend of Oct. 27. The second road contest is a Nov. 3 game in the shadow of the nation’s capital when the Bolts face the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland (10 a.m. PT).
The team will play five of its final eight games at Qualcomm Stadium, including four of its last five. The first of those contests will be a rematch with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos as McCoy faces his former team for the first time when the Broncos visit Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday Nov. 10 (1:25 p.m. PT). McCoy spent the last four seasons in Denver as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator. The last time the Broncos visited San Diego, they overcame a 24-point deficit to beat the Chargers, 35-24. The Broncos are the reigning two-time AFC West champions.
The Chargers will play their final stretch of back-to-back road games with a game against the Miami Dolphins at SunLife Stadium on Nov. 17 (10 a.m. PT) followed by an AFC West matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Nov. 24 (10 a.m. PT).
The month of December will see the Chargers play four of their final five at home. It begins with a pair of exciting matchups against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 1 and the New York Giants on Dec. 8. Both games will kick off at 1:25 p.m. PT. Led by quarterback Andy Dalton, Cincinnati has made the playoffs each of the last two years, both times falling to the Houston Texans. The Giants are always a popular draw in San Diego. The Giants are led by quarterback Eli Manning, who Chargers fans will remember was selected by San Diego with its first round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft and moments later traded to the Giants. Manning is a two-time Super Bowl Champion and MVP for the Giants.
The final three games of the season feature a run through the AFC West, beginning on Thursday night Dec. 12 when the Bolts play their only prime-time road game of the year, facing Manning and the Broncos again, this time at Sports Authority Field as part of the NFL Network’s Thursday Night package. That game will kick off at 5:25 p.m. PT from Denver.
The Bolts will close out the season at home with a pair of games gift-wrapped around Christmas. The first is a rematch with the Raiders on Sunday, Dec. 22 and the season finale is set for Dec. 29 against former Helix High School quarterback Alex Smith and the Chiefs. Kickoff for both the Chiefs and Raiders games is set for 1:25 p.m. PT.
Season Tickets for all 10 Chargers home games, including preseason, are available now by calling 1-877-Chargers or logging onto www.Chargers.com. The Ticket Office at Qualcomm Stadium Gate C is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and this Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Currently 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 yet on sale.
In addition to the regular season, the Chargers have also firmed up dates and kickoff times for their four preseason games. The Bolts will open and close the 2013 preseason at home, facing the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. PT and the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, Aug. 29, also at 7 p.m. PT. The 49ers and Seahawks finished 1-2 in the NFC West in 2012 and the 49ers are the reigning NFC Champions. The Bolts’ two preseason road games are Thursday, Aug. 15 at Chicago (5 p.m. PT kickoff on ESPN) and Saturday, Aug. 24 in Arizona with kickoff set for 7 p.m. PT.