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2015 San Diego Chargers season
Head Coach Mike McCoy
General Manager Tom Telesco
Home Field Qualcomm Stadium
Results
Record 4–12
Place 4th AFC West
Playoff Finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Jason Verrett, CB
Timeline
Previous season Next season
2014 2016

The 2015 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League, the 56th overall and the third under head coach Mike McCoy. The team had its worst season since 2003 with a 4–12 record.

DraftEdit

2015 San Diego Chargers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 15 Melvin Gordon  RB Wisconsin
2 48 Denzel Perryman  LB Miami (FL)
3 83 Craig Mager  CB Texas St
4 None — see draft trades below
5 153 Kyle Emanuel  DE North Dakota St
6 192 Darius Philon  DT Arkansas
7 None — see draft trades below
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Notes

StaffEdit

2015 San Diego Chargers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2015 San Diego Chargers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 15 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 13 Dallas Cowboys W 17–7 1–0 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
2 August 22 at Arizona Cardinals W 22–19 2–0 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
3 August 29 Seattle Seahawks L 15–16 2–1 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
4 September 3 at San Francisco 49ers L 12–14 2–2 Levi's Stadium Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 13 Detroit Lions W 33–28 1–0 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
2 September 20 at Cincinnati Bengals L 19–24 1–1 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
3 September 27 at Minnesota Vikings L 14–31 1–2 TCF Bank Stadium Recap
4 October 4 Cleveland Browns W 30–27 2–2 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
5 October 12 Pittsburgh Steelers L 20–24 2–3 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
6 October 18 at Green Bay Packers L 20–27 2–4 Lambeau Field Recap
7 October 25 Oakland Raiders L 29–37 2–5 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
8 November 1 at Baltimore Ravens L 26–29 2–6 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
9 November 9 Chicago Bears L 19–22 2–7 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
10 Bye
11 November 22 Kansas City Chiefs L 3–33 2–8 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
12 November 29 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 31–25 3–8 EverBank Field Recap
13 December 6 Denver Broncos L 3–17 3–9 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
14 December 13 at Kansas City Chiefs L 3–10 3–10 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
15 December 20 Miami Dolphins W 30–14 4–10 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
16 December 24 at Oakland Raiders L 20–23 (OT) 4–11 O.co Coliseum Recap
17 January 3 at Denver Broncos L 20–27 4–12 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. Detroit LionsEdit

Week One: Detroit Lions at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 14 0 7

28

Chargers 3 7 10 13

33

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • DET –
  • SD –

Top rushers

  • DET –
  • SD –

Top receivers

  • DET –
  • SD –

Top tacklers

  • DET –
  • SD –

The Chargers started their season at home against the Lions. After falling behind 21-10 at halftime, the Bolts managed to outscore the Lions 23-7 in the second half of the game and win it 33-28.

With the win, the Chargers started their season 1-0 and improved to 5-0 all-time at home against Detroit.

Week 2: at Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Week Two: San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 3 3 7 6

19

Bengals 7 7 3 7

24

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • SD –
  • CIN –

Top rushers

  • SD –
  • CIN –

Top receivers

  • SD –
  • CIN –

Top tacklers

  • SD –
  • CIN –
The Chargers would trail all game, and tried to come back towards the end of the game, but Philip Rivers threw an interception, sealing the game. With the loss, the Chargers fell to 1-1.

Week 3: at Minnesota VikingsEdit

Week Three: San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 7 0 7

14

Vikings 3 7 14 7

31

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: September 27
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT/10:00 a.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 75 °F (24 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 52,400
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • SD –
  • MIN –

Top rushers

  • SD –
  • MIN –

Top receivers

  • SD –
  • MIN –

Top tacklers

  • SD –
  • MIN –
The Chargers once again would never lead during the game. The game was officially sealed when Chad Greenway returned an interception 91 yards down the sidelines for a touchdown. Adrian Peterson would rush for 126 yards on 20 attempts, including a 43 yard touchdown early in the third quarter on a play in which he ran through Charger defenders. With the loss, the Chargers fell to 1-2.

Week 4: vs. Cleveland BrownsEdit

Week Four: Cleveland Browns at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 10 3 11

27

Chargers 7 6 7 10

30

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • CLE –
  • SD –

Top rushers

  • CLE –
  • SD –

Top receivers

  • CLE –
  • SD –

Top tacklers

  • CLE –
  • SD –
The Browns would go down to tie the game with a touchdown and a 2-point conversion. The Chargers would then get into field goal range for kicker Josh Lambo. Lambo attempted a 39-yard attempt, but the kick was no good, and the game appeared to be heading to overtime. However, the Browns were flagged for being offsides, as Tramon Williams jumped before the ball was snapped. The penalty gave Lambo a chance at redemption. This time, Lambo drilled the game-winning 34-yard field goal to give the Chargers the win. With the win, the Chargers improved to 2-2.

Week 5: vs. Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

Week Five: Pittsburgh Steelers at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 7 14

24

Chargers 7 0 0 13

20

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • PIT –
  • SD –

Top rushers

  • PIT –
  • SD –

Top receivers

  • PIT –
  • SD –

Top tacklers

  • PIT –
  • SD –
The Chargers took the lead after Josh Lambo made a 54-yard field goal with 2:56 remaining in the game. However, the Steelers, lead by Michael Vick, were able to march all the way down the field to score as time expired. The final play came on a wildcat formation call, as running back Le'Veon Bell took the direct snap and rushed in for the game winner as the clock expired. The play was reviewed, and the call stood, giving Pittsburgh the win. This game is also notable for the number of Steeler fans that showed up to the game. According to the attendance, there were over 1,000 Steeler fans in the crowd during this game, and whenever the Steelers would score, terrible towels would be waved all over the place, as if the game was being held at Heinz Field. With the loss, the Chargers fell to 2-3.

Week 6: at Green Bay PackersEdit

Week Six: San Diego Chargers at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 3 7 7 3

20

Packers 14 3 7 3

27

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • SD –
  • GB –

Top rushers

  • SD –
  • GB –

Top receivers

  • SD –
  • GB –

Top tacklers

  • SD –
  • GB –

The Chargers travel to Lambeau Field to take on Aaron Rodgers and the red-hot Green Bay Packers. However, despite a big day from Philip Rivers throwing for 503 yards, it wasn't enough to stun the Packers in Lambeau and they would go on to lose, 27-20.

With the close loss, the Chargers drop to 2-4.

Week 7: vs. Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Seven: Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 10 20 7 0

37

Chargers 3 3 0 23

29

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: October 25
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 77 °F (25 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 67,542
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon, Steve Beuerlein and Steve Tasker
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • OAK –
  • SD –

Top rushers

  • OAK –
  • SD –

Top receivers

  • OAK –
  • SD –

Top tacklers

  • OAK –
  • SD –
The Chargers would trail as much as 37-6 for most of the game. The Chargers would try to come back, and outscored Oakland 23-0 in the fourth quarter. However, it was not enough, as the Chargers lost 37-29. With the loss, the Chargers fell to 2-5.

Week 8: at Baltimore RavensEdit

Week Eight: San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 3 13 7 3

26

Ravens 6 7 6 10

29

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • SD –
  • BAL –

Top rushers

  • SD –
  • BAL –

Top receivers

  • SD –
  • BAL –

Top tacklers

  • SD –
  • BAL –
The 1-6 Ravens took down the Chargers after Justin Tucker nailed the game winning 39 yard field goal as time expired. With the loss, the Chargers fell to 2-6.

Week 9: vs. Chicago BearsEdit

Week Nine: Chicago Bears at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 7 0 15

22

Chargers 7 9 0 3

19

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: November 9
  • Game time: 5:30 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 63 °F (17 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 68,033
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • CHI –
  • SD –

Top rushers

  • CHI –
  • SD –

Top receivers

  • CHI –
  • SD –

Top tacklers

  • CHI –
  • SD –
For the second time this season, the Chargers home opponent's fans seemed to outnumber their own fans, as Bears fans were heard for most of the game. The Chargers would lead for most of the game. However, the Bears would go down to take the lead on a Zach Miller touchdown. Miller had to go airborne and made the catch with one hand. The grab would seal the win for the Bears. With the loss, the Chargers fell to 2-7.

Week 11: vs. Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Eleven: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 6 6 7 14

33

Chargers 0 3 0 0

3

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • KC –
  • SD –

Top rushers

  • KC –
  • SD –

Top receivers

  • KC –
  • SD –

Top tacklers

  • KC –
  • SD –
This game was originally going to be on Sunday Night Football, but was later changed to 4:25 after the Bengals-Cardinals game was flexed to Sunday Night. The Chiefs rattled the Chargers 33-3, and it was the first time the Chargers failed to score a touchdown since 2012 against the Falcons. With the loss, the Chargers fell to 2-8.

Week 12: at Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Week Twelve: San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 21 3 7

31

Jaguars 6 3 3 13

25

at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: November 29
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 75 °F (24 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 59,477
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • They blocked a punt

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • They blocked a punt

Top passers

  • SD –
  • JAX –

Top rushers

  • SD –
  • JAX –

Top receivers

  • SD –
  • JAX –

Top tacklers

  • SD –
  • JAX –
The Chargers were able to hold off a comeback by the Jaguars in the fourth quarter, and the Chargers got their first road win of the season. With the win, San Diego went to 3-8.

Week 13: vs. Denver BroncosEdit

Week Thirteen: Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 14 3 0 0

17

Chargers 0 3 0 0

3

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • DEN –
  • SD –

Top rushers

  • DEN –
  • SD –

Top receivers

  • DEN –
  • SD –

Top tacklers

  • DEN –
  • SD –
For the second time in 3 weeks, the Chargers would fail to score a touchdown, as they were only held to 3 points against a powerful Broncos defense. With the loss, the Chargers fell to 3-9.

Week 14: at Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Fourteen: San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 0 3 0

3

Chiefs 0 10 0 0

10

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 13
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), cloudy with rain
  • Game attendance: 72,314
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon, Steve Beuerlein and Steve Tasker
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • SD –
  • KC –

Top rushers

  • SD –
  • KC –

Top receivers

  • SD –
  • KC –

Top tacklers

  • SD –
  • KC –
For the second time this season against the Chiefs, the Chargers did not score a touchdown. This game, however, was a lot closer, as the Chargers lost by a mere 7 points. With the loss, the Chargers fell to 3-10. They were outscored in the season series with Kansas City 43-6.

Week 15: vs. Miami DolphinsEdit

Week Fifteen: Miami Dolphins at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 0 7 7

14

Chargers 6 17 0 7

30

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: December 20
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), fair
  • Game attendance: 66,676
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon, Steve Beuerlein, Steve Tasker and Scott Kaplan
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • MIA –
  • SD –

Top rushers

  • MIA –
  • SD –

Top receivers

  • MIA –
  • SD –

Top tacklers

  • MIA –
  • SD –

The Chargers easily dominated the Dolphins, 30-14, to go to 4-10 in what some thought could've been the last game the Chargers played in San Diego.

Week 16: at Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Sixteen: San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 10 0 3

20

Raiders 7 3 2 8

23

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • SD –
  • OAK –

Top rushers

  • SD –
  • OAK –

Top receivers

  • SD –
  • OAK –

Top tacklers

  • SD –
  • OAK –
The Chargers would tie the game after Josh Lambo converted a 45-yard field goal attempt with 55 seconds remaining in regulation. In overtime, the Raiders would kick the go-ahead field goal on their first possession. The Chargers tried to go down the field to tie or win, but the comeback failed, and the Raiders held on for the win. With the loss, the Chargers fell to 4-11 and were swept by the Raiders for the first time since 2010.

Week 17: at Denver BroncosEdit

Week Seventeen: San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 3 3 7 7

20

Broncos 7 0 7 13

27

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: January 3, 2016
  • Game time: 2:25 p.m. MST/1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 50 °F (10 °C), mostly sunny
  • Game attendance: 76,844
  • Referee: Ron Torbert
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • SD –
  • DEN –

Top rushers

  • SD –
  • DEN –

Top receivers

  • SD –
  • DEN –

Top tacklers

  • SD –
  • DEN –
The Chargers went to Denver to try and prevent the Broncos from clinching home-field advantage throughout the AFC Playoffs. Despite forcing 5 turnovers, the Chargers failed to convert them into points, as their offense struggled all afternoon. Brock Osweiler would later be benched, and Peyton Manning would enter the game for Denver. The Chargers would have the lead twice in this game, but lost them both. The game was officially put away after Ronnie Hillman ran for 23 yards for a touchdown to put the Broncos ahead for good. With the loss, the Chargers ended their season at 4-12, and also finished 0-6 against their division.

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

Template:2015 AFC West standings

ConferenceEdit

Template:2015 AFC standings

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Template:Los Angeles Chargers seasons Template:2015 NFL season by team

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