1987 San Diego Chargers season

The 1987 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's strike-shortened 18th season in the National Football League (NFL), and the 28th overall. The team improved on their 4–12 record in 1986 to 8-7 but missed the playoffs. The strike of 1987 reduced the regular season schedule from sixteen to fifteen games. Their stadium, Jack Murphy Stadium, hosted Super Bowl XXII at the end of the season.

The Chargers started the season 8–1, with victories over playoff teams Indianapolis and Cleveland, before notoriously losing their final six games of the season, narrowly missing the playoffs. All but one of their final six losses came to teams that made the postseason in 1987.

1987 was the final season for Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts, who had been with the team since 1973, had led the league in passing four times, and who retired only the third quarterback in history to pass for more than 40,000 yards. Also retiring after the season was tight end Kellen Winslow; ending his career after having played since 1979.

1987 San Diego Chargers season
Head coachAl Saunders
General managerSteve Ortmayer
OwnerAlex Spanos
Home fieldJack Murphy Stadium
Results
Record8–7
Division place3rd AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify

Personnel

Staff

1987 San Diego Chargers staff
Front office
  • Chairman of the Board and President – Alex Spanos
  • Director of Football Operations – Steve Ortmayer
  • Assistant Director of Football Operations – Johnny Sanders
  • Director of Player Personnel – Chet Franklin
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Rudy Feldman

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Wayne Sevier

Roster

1987 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

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 13, 1987 at Kansas City Chiefs L 20–13
56,940
2 September 20, 1987 St. Louis Cardinals W 28–24
47,988
September 27, 1987 Seattle Seahawks canceled
3 October 4, 1987 at Cincinnati Bengals W 10–9
26,209
4 October 11, 1987 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–13
23,873
5 October 18, 1987 at Los Angeles Raiders W 23–17
23,541
6 October 25, 1987 Kansas City Chiefs W 42–21
47,972
7 November 1, 1987 Cleveland Browns W 27–24
55,381
8 November 8, 1987 at Indianapolis Colts W 16–13
60,459
9 November 15, 1987 Los Angeles Raiders W 16–14
60,639
10 November 22, 1987 at Seattle Seahawks L 34–3
62,444
11 November 29, 1987 Denver Broncos L 31–17
61,880
12 December 6, 1987 at Houston Oilers L 33–18
31,714
13 December 13, 1987 Pittsburgh Steelers L 20–16
51,605
14 December 20, 1987 Indianapolis Colts L 20–7
46,211
15 December 27, 1987 at Denver Broncos L 24–0
21,189

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Denver Broncos(1) 10 4 1 .700 7–1 8–3 379 288 W2
Seattle Seahawks(5) 9 6 0 .600 4–3 5–6 371 314 L1
San Diego Chargers 8 7 0 .533 3–4 6–7 253 317 L6
Los Angeles Raiders 5 10 0 .333 2–6 3–8 301 289 L3
Kansas City Chiefs 4 11 0 .267 3–5 3–9 273 388 W1
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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