2004 San Diego Chargers season

The 2004 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's 34th season in the National Football League (NFL), its 44th overall and the third under head coach Marty Schottenheimer. The team improved on their 4–12 record in 2003 and finished the regular season 12–4 and made the playoffs for the first time in nine years, as it was the team's first division title since the 1994 season. In the playoffs they lost in overtime to the New York Jets. At the end of the season Marty Schottenheimer was named NFL Coach of the Year.

2004 San Diego Chargers season
Head coachMarty Schottenheimer
General managerA.J. Smith
OwnerAlex Spanos
Home fieldQualcomm Stadium
Results
Record12–4
Division place1st AFC West
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (Jets) (20–17 OT)
Pro BowlersRB LaDainian Tomlinson
QB Drew Brees
TE Antonio Gates

Offseason

NFL draft

Entering the draft, the consensus top pick was Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning. However, Manning had said prior to the draft that he did not want to play for the Chargers and would not sign with them if he was drafted. The Chargers would strike a deal with the Giants before the draft that would shape the future of both franchises. The Chargers would select Manning first overall, as they had intended to. The Giants would then draft quarterback Philip Rivers of North Carolina State, and then swap him and two 2005 draft picks for Manning.

NFL Draft

2004 San Diego Chargers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 1 Eli Manning *  QB Ole Miss traded to NY Giants
2 35 Igor Olshansky  DT Oregon
2 62 Terrence Kiel  S Texas A&M from Green Bay via Philadelphia
3 65 Nate Kaeding *  K Iowa From NY Giants
3 66 Nick Hardwick *  C Purdue
4 98 Shawn Phillips *  DE Purdue
5 133 Dave Ball  DE UCLA
5 154 Michael Turner *  RB NIU from Miami
6 169 Ryan Krause  TE Nebraska-Omaha
7 204 Ryon Bingham  DT Nebraska
7 209 Shane Olivea  OT Ohio State from Atlanta
7 254 Carlos Joseph  OT Miami (FL)
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel

Staff

2004 San Diego Chargers staff
Front office
  • Owner – Alex Spanos
  • President/Chief Executive Officer – Dean Spanos
  • Executive Vice President – Michael Spanos
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – A. J. Smith
  • Assistant General Manager/Director of Player Personnel – Buddy Nix
  • Vice President of Football Operations – Ed McGuire
  • Director of College Scouting – Jimmy Raye
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Fran Foley

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Dave Redding
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Matt Schiotz

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Roster

2004 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

In addition to their regular games with AFC West rivals, the Chargers played games against the AFC South and NFC South as per the schedule rotation, and also played against the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns who finished fourth in the other AFC divisions in 2003.

Week Date Opponent Result Record TV Attendance
1 September 12, 2004 at Houston Texans W 27–20 1–0 CBS
70,255
2 September 19, 2004 New York Jets L 34–28 1–1 CBS
57,310
3 September 26, 2004 at Denver Broncos L 23–13 1–2 CBS
74,553
4 October 3, 2004 Tennessee Titans W 38–17 2–2 CBS
54,006
5 October 10, 2004 Jacksonville Jaguars W 34–21 3–2 CBS
52,101
6 October 17, 2004 at Atlanta Falcons L 21–20 3–3 CBS
70,187
7 October 24, 2004 at Carolina Panthers W 17–6 4–3 CBS
73,096
8 October 31, 2004 Oakland Raiders W 42–14 5–3 CBS
66,210
9 November 7, 2004 New Orleans Saints W 43–17 6–3 FOX
59,662
10 Bye
11 November 21, 2004 at Oakland Raiders W 23–17 7–3 CBS
46,905
12 November 28, 2004 at Kansas City Chiefs W 34–31 8–3 CBS
77,447
13 December 5, 2004 Denver Broncos W 20–17 9–3 CBS
65,395
14 December 12, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31–24 10–3 FOX
65,858
15 December 19, 2004 at Cleveland Browns W 21–0 11–3 CBS
72,489
16 December 26, 2004 at Indianapolis Colts L 34–31 (OT) 11–4 CBS
57,330
17 January 2, 2005 Kansas City Chiefs W 24–17 12–4 CBS
64,920

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) San Diego Chargers 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 446 313 W1
(6) Denver Broncos 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 381 304 W2
Kansas City Chiefs 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 483 435 L1
Oakland Raiders 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 320 422 L2

Game summaries

Week 1: at Houston Texans

1 234Total
Chargers 3 7107 27
Texans 3 1070 20

Week 2: vs. New York Jets

1 234Total
Jets 14 3107 34
Chargers 0 7714 28
  • Date: September 19
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
  • Game weather: 73 °F (22.8 °C), humidity 67 percent, wind 9 miles per hour (14 km/h; 7.8 kn)

Week 3: at Denver Broncos

1 234Total
Chargers 3 073 13
Broncos 7 673 23

Week 4: vs. Tennessee Titans

1 234Total
Titans 0 7010 17
Chargers 7 14314 38
  • Date: October 3
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
  • Game weather: 74 °F (23.3 °C), humidity 69 percent, wind 9 miles per hour (14 km/h; 7.8 kn)

Week 5: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

1 234Total
Jaguars 0 7014 21
Chargers 14 767 34
  • Date: October 10
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
  • Game weather: 68 °F (20 °C), humidity 76 percent, wind 9 miles per hour (14 km/h; 7.8 kn)

Week 6: at Atlanta Falcons

1 234Total
Chargers 0 1433 20
Falcons 0 7014 21

This was the first time in their history, the Chargers beat the Falcons.

Week 7: at Carolina Panthers

1 234Total
Chargers 0 0107 17
Panthers 6 000 6
  • Date: October 24
  • Location: Ericsson Stadium, Charlotte, NC
  • Game weather: 58 °F (14.4 °C), humidity 90 percent, wind 7 miles per hour (11 km/h; 6.1 kn)

Week 8: vs. Oakland Raiders

1 234Total
Raiders 0 770 14
Chargers 14 14140 42
  • Date: October 31
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
  • Game weather: 69 °F (20.6 °C), humidity 57 percent, wind 8 miles per hour (13 km/h; 7.0 kn)

Week 9: vs. New Orleans Saints

1 234Total
Saints 0 7010 17
Chargers 14 6167 43
  • Date: November 7
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
  • Game weather: 63 °F (17.2 °C), humidity 78 percent, wind 8 miles per hour (13 km/h; 7.0 kn)

Week 11: at Oakland Raiders

1 234Total
Chargers 6 737 23
Raiders 0 773 17
  • Date: November 21
  • Location: McAfee Coliseum, Oakland, CA
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16.1 °C), humidity 28 percent, wind 18 miles per hour (29 km/h; 16 kn)

Week 12: at Kansas City Chiefs

1 234Total
Chargers 7 7317 34
Chiefs 7 10014 31

Week 13: vs. Denver Broncos

1 234Total
Broncos 0 7010 17
Chargers 7 1030 20
  • Date: December 5
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
  • Game weather: 58 °F (14.4 °C), humidity 77 percent, wind 9 miles per hour (14 km/h; 7.8 kn)

Week 14: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1 234Total
Buccaneers 0 7710 24
Chargers 0 14710 31
  • Date: December 12
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
  • Game weather: 69 °F (20.6 °C), humidity 63 percent, wind 8 miles per hour (13 km/h; 7.0 kn)

Week 15: at Cleveland Browns

1 234Total
Chargers 7 770 21
Browns 0 000 0
  • Date: December 19
  • Location: Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, OH
  • Game weather: 18 °F (−7.8 °C), humidity 68 percent, wind 30 miles per hour (48 km/h; 26 kn), wind chill −10 °F or −23.3 °C

San Diego clinches its first division title since 1994.

Week 16: at Indianapolis Colts

1 234OTTotal
Chargers 7 10770 31
Colts 0 97153 34

Week 17: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

1 234Total
Chiefs 0 3014 17
Chargers 3 1407 24
  • Date: January 2
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), humidity 87 percent, wind 9 miles per hour (14 km/h; 7.8 kn)

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result TV Attendance
Wildcard January 8, 2005 New York Jets L 20–17 ABC
67,536

Game summaries

Wild Card: vs. New York Jets

1 234OTTotal
Jets 0 71003 20
Chargers 0 70100 17
  • Date: January 8
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
  • Game weather: 55 °F (12.8 °C), humidity 86 percent, wind 8 miles per hour (13 km/h; 7.0 kn)

See also

References

  1. ^ 2012 San Diego Chargers Media Guide. pp. 263–264. Archived from the original on October 15, 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
Scoring summary
111:49HOUKris Brown 37-yard field goalHOU 3–0
17:35SDNate Kaeding 48-yard field goalTied 3–3
214:07HOUKris Brown 20-yard field goalHOU 6–3
29:51SDLaDainian Tomlinson 1-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 10–6
24:36HOUDominick Davis 2-yard run (Kris Brown kick)HOU 13–10
39:12SDReche Caldwell 36-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 17–13
34:40HOUDominick Davis 1-yard run (Kris Brown kick)HOU 20–17
30:00SDNate Kaeding 29-yard field goalTied 20–20
48:34SDEric Parker 19-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 27–20
Scoring summary
17:50NYJCurtis Martin 1-yard run (Doug Brien kick)NYJ 7–0
13:42NYJCurtis Martin 2-yard run (Doug Brien kick)NYJ 14–0
29:40NYJDoug Brien 28-yard field goalNYJ 17–0
29:28SDTim Dwight 87-yard punt return (Nate Kaeding kick)NYJ 17–7
311:16NYJDoug Brien 23-yard field goalNYJ 20–7
33:31NYJJerald Sowell 4-yard pass from Chad Pennington (Doug Brien kick)NYJ 27–7
32:12SDLaDainian Tomlinson 4-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)NYJ 27–14
47:38SDReche Caldwell 33-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)NYJ 27–21
43:56NYJChris Baker 1-yard pass from Chad Pennington (Doug Brien kick)NYJ 34–21
40:30SDDoug Flutie 6-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)NYJ 34–28
Scoring summary
18:15DENRod Smith 16-yard pass from Jake Plummer (Jason Elam kick)DEN 7–0
12:18SDNate Kaeding 23-yard field goalDEN 7–3
212:24DENJason Elam 22-yard field goalDEN 10–3
27:43DENJason Elam 23-yard field goalDEN 13–3
37:37SDDrew Brees 1-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)DEN 13–10
33:29DENAshley Lelie 33-yard pass from Jake Plummer (Jason Elam kick)DEN 20–10
414:06SDNate Kaeding 51-yard field goalDEN 20–13
411:12DENJason Elam 43-yard field goalDEN 23–13
Scoring summary
15:56SDLaDainian Tomlinson 15-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 7–0
214:10TENDerrick Mason 4-yard pass from Billy Volek (Gary Anderson kick)Tied 7–7
25:16SDAntonio Gates 11-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 14–7
20:38SDJustin Peelle 10-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 21–7
34:18SDNate Kaeding 31-yard field goalSD 24–7
412:26TENGary Anderson 24-yard field goalSD 24–10
47:04TENShad Meier 3-yard pass from Billy Volek (Gary Anderson kick)SD 24–17
46:42SDReche Caldwell 58-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 31–17
43:18SDJesse Chatman 21-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 38–17
Scoring summary
110:14SDAntonio Gates 1-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 7–0
14:03SDLaDainian Tomlinson 1-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 14–0
29:23SDAntonio Gates 11-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 21–0
21:33JACChris Fumatu-Ma'afala 1-yard run (Josh Scobee kick)SD 21–7
37:15SDNate Kaeding 21-yard field goalSD 24–7
30:46SDNate Kaeding 28-yard field goalSD 27–7
410:42JACByron Leftwich 2-yard run (Josh Scobee kick)SD 27–14
49:54SDJesse Chatman 41-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 34–14
47:21JACCortez Hankton 7-yard pass from Byron Leftwich (Josh Scobee kick)SD 34–21
Scoring summary
210:24ATLAlge Crumpler 19-yard pass from Michael Vick (Jay Feely kick)ATL 7–0
11:18SDLaDainian Tomlinson 1-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)Tied 7–7
10:18SDEric Parker 17-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 14–7
35:10SDNate Kaeding 53-yard field goalSD 17–7
413:09ATLMichael Vick 14-yard run (Jay Feely kick)SD 17–14
410:12ATLDez White 32-yard pass from Michael Vick (Jay Feely kick)ATL 21–17
46:01SDNate Kaeding 28-yard field goalATL 21–20
Scoring summary
18:21CARJohn Kasay 28-yard field goalCAR 3–0
13:28CARJohn Kasay 21-yard field goalCAR 6–0
38:13SDLaDainian Tomlinson 8-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 7–6
32:36SDNate Kaeding 44-yard field goalSD 10–6
41:42SDJesse Chatman 5-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 17–6
Scoring summary
111:14SDJustin Peelle 17-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 7–0
10:08SDLaDainian Tomlinson 1-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 14–0
210:02OAKTyrone Wheatley 5-yard run (Sebastian Janikowski kick)SD 14–7
24:56SDKeenan McCardell 13-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 21–7
20:36SDTim Dwight 23-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 28–7
311:05SDAntonio Gates 5-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 35–7
33:08SDAntonio Gates 1-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 42–7
30:02OAKDoug Jolley 13-yard pass from Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski kick)SD 42–14
Scoring summary
19:50SDAntonio Gates 12-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 7–0
15:29SDLaDainian Tomlinson 1-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 14–0
213:02SDNate Kaeding 40-yard field goalSD 17–0
28:12NODeuce McAllister 2-yard run (John Carney kick)SD 17–7
23:15SDNate Kaeding 27-yard field goalSD 20–7
38:36SDSafety, holding penalty on Wayne Gandy in end zoneSD 22–7
33:15SDAntonio Gates 7-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 29–7
32:04SDAntonio Gates 2-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 36–7
413:53NOJohn Carney 37-yard field goalSD 36–10
47:06SDKassim Osgood 12-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 43–10
44:04NOBoo Williams 6-yard pass from Aaron Brooks (John Carney kick)SD 43–17
Scoring summary
19:05SDAntonio Gates 11-yard pass from Drew Brees (kick blocked)SD 6–0
210:07SDDrew Brees 6-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 13–0
27:40OAKRonald Curry 22-yard pass from Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski kick)SD 13–7
35:21SDNate Kaeding 19-yard field goalSD 16–7
31:58OAKTeyo Johnson 8-yard pass from Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski kick)SD 16–14
411:06SDLaDainian Tomlinson 6-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 23–14
47:11OAKSebastian Janikowski 31-yard field goalSD 23–17
Scoring summary
17:01SDLaDainian Tomlinson 1-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 7–0
14:26KCDerrick Blaylock 5-yard run (Lawrence Tynes kick)Tied 7–7
29:05KCLarry Johnson 6-yard run (Lawrence Tynes kick)KC 14–7
23:11SDLaDainian Tomlinson 3-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)Tied 14–14
20:45KCLawrence Tynes 28-yard field goalKC 17–14
37:24SDNate Kaeding 25-yard field goalTied 17–17
414:17KCDerrick Blaylock 22-yard run (kick failed)KC 23–17
410:13SDAntonio Gates 18-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 24–23
410:00KCDante Hall 96-yard kickoff return (Trent Green to Eddie Kennison pass)KC 31–24
47:22SDAntonio Gates 11-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)Tied 31–31
42:24SDNate Kaeding 43-yard field goalSD 34–31
Scoring summary
112:01SDLaDainian Tomlinson 5-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 7–0
213:27DENTatum Bell 16-yard run (Jason Elam kick)Tied 7–7
27:05SDLaDainian Tomlinson 1-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 14–7
20:00SDNate Kaeding 23-yard field goalSD 17–7
35:12SDNate Kaeding 23-yard field goalSD 20–7
414:18DENReuben Droughns 4-yard run (Jason Elam kick)SD 20–14
49:26DENJason Elam 31-yard field goalSD 20–17
Scoring summary
211:49SDEric Parker 79-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 7–0
29:02TBJoey Galloway 36-yard pass from Brian Griese (Jay Taylor kick)Tied 7–7
20:49SDKassim Osgood 19-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 14–7
34:56TBJoey Galloway 4-yard pass from Brian Griese (Jay Taylor kick)Tied 14–14
30:30SDLaDainian Tomlinson 7-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 21–14
46:03TBMichael Clayton 20-yard pass from Brian Griese (Jay Taylor kick)Tied 21–21
44:09SDDonnie Edwards 30-yard interception return (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 28–21
42:06SDNate Kaeding 40-yard field goalSD 31–21
40:16TBJay Taylor 31-yard field goalSD 31–24
Scoring summary
12:09SDLaDainian Tomlinson 1-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 7–0
22:11SDAntonio Gates 72-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 14–0
38:32SDLaDainian Tomlinson 1-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 21–0
Scoring summary
14:48SDLaDainian Tomlinson 74-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 7–0
214:18INDMike Vanderjagt 36-yard field goalSD 7–3
211:46SDNate Kaeding 50-yard field goalSD 10–3
27:09SDEric Parker 19-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 17–3
24:30INDMike Vanderjagt 26-yard field goalSD 17–6
20:18INDMike Vanderjagt 23-yard field goalSD 17–9
39:24SDAntonio Gates 4-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 24–9
36:11INDJames Mungro 3-yard pass from Peyton Manning (Mike Vanderjagt kick)SD 24–16
414:55SDLaDainian Tomlinson 16-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 31–16
414:42INDDominic Rhodes 88-yard kickoff return (Mike Vanderjagt kick)SD 31–23
40:56INDBrandon Stokley 14-yard pass from Peyton Manning (Edgerrin James run)Tied 31–31
OT12:13INDMike Vanderjagt 30-yard field goalIND 34–31
Scoring summary
110:56SDNate Kaeding 34-yard field goalSD 3–0
27:08KCLawrence Tynes 50-yard field goalTied 3–3
22:24SDDoug Flutie 1-yard run (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 10–3
20:12SDRyan Krause 10-yard pass from Doug Flutie (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 17–3
47:19SDMalcom Floyd 13-yard pass from Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 24–3
44:10KCLarry Johnson 2-yard run (Lawrence Tynes kick)SD 24–10
42:10KCLarry Johnson 14-yard pass from Trent Green (Lawrence Tynes kick)SD 24–17
Scoring summary
29:26SDKeenan McCardell 26-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)SD 7–0
22:54NYJAnthony Becht 13-yard pass from Chad Pennington (Doug Brien kick)Tied 7–7
310:29NYJSantana Moss 45-yard pass from Chad Pennington (Doug Brien kick)NYJ 14–7
31:23NYJDoug Brien 42-yard field goalNYJ 17–7
410:47SDNate Kaeding 35-yard field goalNYJ 17–10
40:11SDAntonio Gates 1-yard pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick)Tied 17–17
OT0:05NYJDoug Brien 28-yard field goalNYJ 20–17
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