1973 San Diego Chargers season

The 1973 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's 4th season in the National Football League (NFL), and its 14th overall.

The team was coming off a season that ended with a 4–9–1 record. Although he was offered a five-year contract toward the end of the previous season, 1973 would prove to be Harland Svare's final season as the team's head coach.

The team obtained quarterback Johnny Unitas in a trade with the Baltimore Colts, but Unitas was a shell of his former greatness. In the middle of the season he was replaced at quarterback by a rookie Dan Fouts, the team's third-round pick in that year's draft.[1]

1973 San Diego Chargers season
Head coachHarland Svare
General managerHarland Svare
OwnerEugene V. Klein
Home fieldSan Diego Stadium
Results
Record2–11–1
Division place4th AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 25 Johnny Rodgers Wide Receiver Nebraska
3 64 Dan Fouts Quarterback Oregon

Roster

1973 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 16, 1973 at Washington Redskins L 38–0
53,589
2 September 23, 1973 Buffalo Bills W 34–7
47,588
3 September 30, 1973 Cincinnati Bengals L 20–13
46,733
4 October 7, 1973 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 38–21
48,795
5 October 14, 1973 Oakland Raiders L 27–17
50,672
6 October 21, 1973 Atlanta Falcons L 41–0
41,527
7 October 28, 1973 at Cleveland Browns T 16–16
68,244
8 November 4, 1973 Kansas City Chiefs L 19–0
50,234
9 November 11, 1973 at Denver Broncos L 30–19
51,034
10 November 18, 1973 New Orleans Saints W 17–14
34,848
11 November 25, 1973 at Oakland Raiders L 31–3
40,195
12 December 2, 1973 at New England Patriots L 30–14
58,150
13 December 9, 1973 Denver Broncos L 42–28
44,954
14 December 16, 1973 at Kansas City Chiefs L 33–6
43,755

Game summaries

Week 4

Johnny Unitas was knocked out of the game.

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Oakland Raiders 9 4 1 .679 4–1–1 7–3–1 292 175 W4
Kansas City Chiefs 7 5 2 .571 4–2 6–4–1 231 192 W1
Denver Broncos 7 5 2 .571 3–2–1 7–2–1 354 296 L1
San Diego Chargers 2 11 1 .179 0–6 1–9–1 188 386 L4

References

  1. ^ Fouts would go on to play 15 seasons for the Chargers, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.
Game information
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP SD PIT
1 Steelers Shanklin 12-yard touchdown reception from Bradshaw, Gerela kick good 0 7
1 Steelers Bradshaw 1-yard touchdown run, Gerela kick good 0 14
1 Steelers 38-yard field goal by Gerela 0 17
2 Steelers Davis 1-yard touchdown run, Gerela kick good 0 24
2 Steelers Wagner recovered blocked punt in end zone, Gerela kick good 0 31
3 Steelers Shanklin 37-yard touchdown reception from Hanratty, Gerela kick good 0 38
4 Chargers LeVias 13-yard touchdown reception from Fouts, Wersching kick good 7 38
4 Chargers Jones 3-yard touchdown run, Wersching kick good 14 38
4 Chargers Holmes 1-yard touchdown run, Wersching kick good 21 38
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 21 38
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Culture
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Wild card berths (3)
Division championships (15)
Conference championships (1)
League championships (1)
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