2002 San Diego Chargers Season
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2002 San Diego Chargers Season

2002 San Diego Chargers season
OwnerAlex Spanos
Head coachMarty Schottenheimer
General managerJohn Butler
Home fieldQualcomm Stadium
Results
Record8-8
Division place3rd AFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersRB LaDainian Tomlinson
LB Junior Seau
LB Donnie Edwards
AP All-ProsRB LaDainian Tomlinson (2nd team)
LB Donnie Edwards (2nd team)

The 2002 season was the San Diego Chargers' 33rd in the National Football League (NFL), their 43rd overall and their first under head coach Marty Schottenheimer. Their stadium, Qualcomm Stadium, hosted Super Bowl XXXVII at the end of the season, but the Chargers' failure to secure a playoff berth marked the 18th straight season that the Super Bowl did not include the team in whose region the game was being played. Their division was reduced to four teams at the start of the season, with the Seattle Seahawks moving to the NFC. Despite going into their bye week at 6-1, the Chargers won just two of their nine games after the break and missed the playoffs.

Offseason

Additions Subtractions
TE Stephen Alexander (Redskins) TE Steve Heiden (Browns)
LB Donnie Edwards (Chiefs) LB John Holecek (Falcons)
G Bob Hallen (Falcons) LB Sam Rogers (Falcons)
C Cory Raymer (Redskins) G Raleigh Roundtree (Cardinals)
DT Jason Fisk (Titans) TE Freddie Jones (Cardinals)
SS Keith Lyle (Redskins) G DeMingo Graham (Texans)

NFL Draft

2002 San Diego Chargers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 5 Quentin Jammer  Cornerback Texas
2 39 Toniu Fonoti  Guard Nebraska
2 48 Reche Caldwell  Wide receiver Florida
3 71 Ben Leber  Linebacker Kansas State
4 103 Justin Peelle  Tight end Oregon
5 142 Terry Charles  Wide receiver Portland State
6 178 Matt Anderle  Tackle Minnesota
7 216 Seth Burford  Quarterback Cal Poly
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Undrafted free agents

2002 undrafted free agents of note
Player Position College
Jason Ball Center New Hampshire
Jesse Chatman Running back Eastern Washington
Vernon Fox Safety Fresno State
Josh Norman Tight end Oklahoma

Personnel

Staff

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Roster

Regular season

Schedule

In addition to their regular games with AFC West rivals, the Chargers played teams from the AFC East and NFC West as per the schedule rotation, and also played intraconference games against the Texans and the Bengals based on divisional positions from 2001.

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time (PT) Record Attendance
1 September 8, 2002 at Cincinnati Bengals W 34-6 CBS 10:00 am 1-0 53,705
2 September 15, 2002 Houston Texans W 24-3 CBS 1:15 pm 2-0 56,098
3 September 22, 2002 at Arizona Cardinals W 23-15 CBS 1:05 pm 3-0 28,980
4 September 29, 2002 New England Patriots W 21-14 CBS 1:15 pm 4-0 66,463
5 October 6, 2002 at Denver Broncos L 26-9 CBS 1:05 pm 4-1 75,065
6 October 13, 2002 Kansas City Chiefs W 35-34 CBS 1:15 pm 5-1 58,995
7 October 20, 2002 at Oakland Raiders W 27-21 (OT) CBS 1:05 pm 6-1 60,974
8 Bye
9 November 3, 2002 New York Jets L 44-13 CBS 1:05 pm 6-2 59,772
10 November 10, 2002 at St. Louis Rams L 28-24 CBS 10:00 am 6-3 66,093
11 November 17, 2002 San Francisco 49ers W 20-17 (OT) FOX 1:05 pm 7-3 67,161
12 November 24, 2002 at Miami Dolphins L 30-3 CBS 10:00 am 7-4 73,138
13 December 1, 2002 Denver Broncos W 30-27 (OT) CBS 1:05 pm 8-4 66,357
14 December 8, 2002 Oakland Raiders L 27-7 CBS 1:15 pm 8-5 67,968
15 December 15, 2002 at Buffalo Bills L 20-13 CBS 10:00 am 8-6 61,838
16 December 22, 2002 at Kansas City Chiefs L 24-22 CBS 10:00 am 8-7 77,899
17 December 29, 2002 Seattle Seahawks L 31-28 (OT) FOX 1:15 pm 8-8 52,159

Game summaries

Week 4: vs. New England Patriots

Week 9: vs. New York Jets

Week 12: at Miami Dolphins

Week 15: at Buffalo Bills

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1)Oakland Raiders 11 5 0 .688 4-2 9-3 450 304 W2
Denver Broncos 9 7 0 .563 3-3 5-7 392 344 W1
San Diego Chargers 8 8 0 .500 3-3 6-6 333 367 L4
Kansas City Chiefs 8 8 0 .500 2-4 6-6 467 399 L1

Playoffs

The Chargers did not make the playoffs, but they had a chance to clinch a wild card spot with victory over the Seahawks in Week 17, provided that the Browns lost to the Falcons; however, the Browns beat the Falcons, making the Chargers' loss to the Seahawks immaterial.

References

  1. ^ 2012 San Diego Chargers Media Guide. pp. 263-264. Archived from the original on October 15, 2014. Retrieved 2014.

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