1970 San Diego Chargers season

The 1970 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's 1st season in the National Football League (NFL) (As a result of the NFL-AFL Merger, where the league was broken into two Conferences, with the AFL teams moved into the American Football Conference), and its 11th overall.

San Diego's 5-6-3 record was the first of seven consecutive losing seasons for the franchise. The 1970 Chargers are the last NFL team to record three ties in a single season, a record which will likely stand, as the NFL adopted overtime for regular season games in 1974.

1970 San Diego Chargers season
Head coachCharlie Waller
General managerSid Gillman
OwnerEugene V. Klein
Home fieldSan Diego Stadium
Results
Record5–6–3
Division place3rd AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify

Offseason

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 15 Walker Gillette Wide Receiver Richmond

Roster

1970 San Diego Chargers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 20, 1970 Baltimore Colts L 16–14
47,782
2 September 27, 1970 Oakland Raiders T 27–27
42,109
3 October 4, 1970 at Los Angeles Rams L 37–10
69,564
4 October 12, 1970 Green Bay Packers L 22–20
53,064
5 October 18, 1970 at Chicago Bears W 20–7
45,278
6 October 25, 1970 Houston Oilers T 31–31
41,427
7 November 1, 1970 at Cleveland Browns W 27–10
80,047
8 November 8, 1970 Denver Broncos W 24–21
48,327
9 November 15, 1970 at Boston Patriots W 16–14
30,597
10 November 22, 1970 at Oakland Raiders L 20–17
54,594
11 November 29, 1970 at Kansas City Chiefs L 26–14
50,315
12 December 6, 1970 Cincinnati Bengals L 17–14
41,461
13 December 13, 1970 at Denver Broncos T 17–17
50,959
14 December 20, 1970 Kansas City Chiefs W 31–13
41,379

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Oakland Raiders 8 4 2 .667 4–0–2 7–2–2 300 293 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 7 5 2 .583 2–3–1 7–3–1 272 244 L2
San Diego Chargers 5 6 3 .455 2–2–2 4–4–3 282 278 W1
Denver Broncos 5 8 1 .385 1–4–1 3–6–1 253 264 L1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Franchise
Stadiums
Culture
Lore
Rivalries
Wild card berths (3)
Division championships (15)
Conference championships (1)
League championships (1)
Current league affiliations
Former league affiliation
Seasons (60)

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