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1973 San Diego Chargers

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2-11-1, Finished 4th in AFC West Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -12.0, Offense: -3.6, Defense: -8.4, SoS: 2.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 188 points (13.4/g), 25th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 386 points (27.6/g), 24th.
 Differential of -198 points (-14.1/g), 25th.  Expected W-L: 2.2-11.8.

Coach: Harland Svare (1-6-1) and Ron Waller (1-5-0)

Stadium: San Diego Stadium
 Training Camp: UC Irvine (Irvine, California)

Team Info

Principal Owner/President Eugene Klein
Head Coach/General Manager Harland Svare
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 188 3622 831 4.4 51 21 17 198 161 363 1808 9 30 4.5 93 431 1814 9 4.2 88
Team Defense 386 4518 926 4.9 34 18 18 267 177 341 2254 18 16 6.1 124 559 2264 23 4.1 125
Lg Rank Offense 25 19 25 22 23 10 18 22 25 20 22 18 20 10
Lg Rank Defense 24 22 10 6 22 16 21 21 16 21 23 21 26 13

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 16 boxscore L 0-1 @ Washington Redskins 0 38 10 135 7 128 7 13 211 128 83 2
2 Sun September 23 boxscore W 1-1 Buffalo Bills 34 7 17 354 249 105 1 16 287 139 148 4
3 Sun September 30 boxscore L 1-2 Cincinnati Bengals 13 20 17 291 177 114 4 19 417 215 202 2
4 Sun October 7 boxscore L 1-3 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 21 38 20 348 181 167 6 15 286 132 154 5
5 Sun October 14 boxscore L 1-4 Oakland Raiders 17 27 18 269 179 90 4 20 367 187 180 2
6 Sun October 21 boxscore L 1-5 Atlanta Falcons 0 41 11 177 88 89 5 25 338 142 196 2
7 Sun October 28 boxscore T 1-5-1 @ Cleveland Browns 16 16 16 339 135 204 2 13 184 66 118 3
8 Sun November 4 boxscore L 1-6-1 Kansas City Chiefs 0 19 11 190 99 91 4 17 332 144 188 1
9 Sun November 11 boxscore L 1-7-1 @ Denver Broncos 19 30 14 221 101 120 2 21 413 234 179 3
10 Sun November 18 boxscore W 2-7-1 New Orleans Saints 17 14 14 288 102 186 2 22 341 199 142 3
11 Sun November 25 boxscore L 2-8-1 @ Oakland Raiders 3 31 13 235 118 117 2 22 320 165 155 2
12 Sun December 2 boxscore L 2-9-1 @ New England Patriots 14 30 11 231 44 187 3 22 359 175 184 5
13 Sun December 9 boxscore L 2-10-1 Denver Broncos 28 42 14 341 215 126 3 23 423 231 192
14 Sun December 16 boxscore L 2-11-1 @ Kansas City Chiefs 6 33 12 203 113 90 6 19 240 97 143

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
14 Dan Fouts 22 QB 10 6 0-5-1 87 194 44.8% 1126 6 3.1 13 6.7 69 5.8 3.4 12.9 112.6 46.0 14 129 4.79 2.56 6.7 1 0
13 Wayne Clark 26 qb 11 4 1-3-0 40 90 44.4% 532 0 0.0 9 10.0 54 5.9 1.4 13.3 48.4 24.2 9 96 4.40 0.31 9.1
19 Johnny Unitas 40 qb 5 4 1-3-0 34 76 44.7% 471 3 3.9 7 9.2 51 6.2 2.8 13.9 94.2 40.0 14 96 4.17 1.33 15.6
81 Ron Holliday 25 WR 11 6 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 50.0 0 0.0 -22.5 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -22.50 0.0
20 Mike Garrett 29 RB 10 9 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 27.4 14 2-11-1 161 363 44.4% 2129 9 2.5 30 8.3 69 5.9 2.6 13.2 152.1 37.3 37 321 4.52 1.60 9.3 1 0
Opp Total 14 177 341 51.9% 2473 18 5.3 16 4.7 7.3 6.20 14.0 176.6 73.6 26 219 6.1 5.2 7.1

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
37 Cid Edwards 30 FB 13 12 133 609 1 50 4.6 46.8 10.2 25 164 6.6 0 28 1.9 12.6 773 1 3
20 Mike Garrett 29 RB 10 9 114 467 0 68 4.1 46.7 11.4 15 124 8.3 1 30 1.5 12.4 591 1 6
38 Robert Holmes 28 13 2 78 289 7 24 3.7 22.2 6.0 19 151 7.9 0 30 1.5 11.6 440 7 5
26 Clint Jones 28 rb 12 3 55 170 1 38 3.1 14.2 4.6 7 125 17.9 0 37 0.6 10.4 295 1 2
35 Bob Thomas 25 14 2 22 48 0 12 2.2 3.4 1.6 7 51 7.3 1 37 0.5 3.6 99 1 3
13 Wayne Clark 26 qb 11 4 13 86 0 16 6.6 7.8 1.2 86 0 1
14 Dan Fouts 22 QB 10 6 7 32 0 16 4.6 3.2 0.7 32 0 2
81 Ron Holliday 25 WR 11 6 6 70 0 22 11.7 6.4 0.5 14 182 13.0 0 36 1.3 16.5 252 0 1
25 Jerry LeVias 27 WR 14 11 2 33 0 22 16.5 2.4 0.1 30 536 17.9 3 69 2.1 38.3 569 3 0
88 Pettis Norman 34 TE 14 12 1 10 0 10 10.0 0.7 0.1 13 200 15.4 0 24 0.9 14.3 210 0 0
27 Gary Garrison 29 wr 7 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 292 20.9 2 51 2.0 41.7 292 2 0
86 Jim Thaxton 24 te 10 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 119 17.0 2 31 0.7 11.9 119 2 0
84 Dave Williams 28 6 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 118 16.9 0 30 1.2 19.7 118 0 0
28 Willie McGee 23 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 67 22.3 0 50 0.3 6.1 67 0 4
Team Total 27.4 14 431 1814 9 68 4.2 129.6 30.8 161 2129 13.2 9 69 11.5 152.1 3943 18 40
Opp Total 14 559 2264 23 4.1 161.7 39.9 177 2254 12.7 18 12.6 161.0 4518 41 31

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
48 Ron Smith 30 KR/PR/SS 14 9 27 352 2 84 13.0 36 947 0 70 26.3 1299
28 Willie McGee 23 11 0 6 56 0 28 9.3 20 423 0 50 21.2 546
26 Clint Jones 28 rb 12 3 10 217 0 40 21.7 512
52 Jay Douglas 23 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
77 Ron East 30 LDT 13 10 1 8 0 8 8.0 8
53 Mel Rogers 26 llb 10 4 1 4 0 4 4.0 4
62 Ralph Wenzel 30 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
81 Ron Holliday 25 WR 11 6 0 -2 0 -2 250
Team Total 27.4 14 33 408 2 84 12.4 70 1597 0 70 22.8 5948
Opp Total 14 35 257 0 7.3 35 862 1 24.6

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
29 Dennis Partee 27 P 14 0 1 1 1 2 1 50.0%% 6 6 100.0%% 72 2958 62 3 41.1
15 Ray Wersching 23 K 14 0 4 4 6 5 5 2 8 2 25 11 44.0%% 15 13 86.7%%
81 Ron Holliday 25 WR 11 6 1 1 100.0%%
Team Total 27.4 14 5 5 7 5 5 2 8 2 27 12 44.4%% 22 20 90.9%% 72 2958 62 3 41.1
Opp Total 14 38 22 57.9%% 46 42 91.3%% 60 2586 43.1

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
48 Ron Smith 30 KR/PR/SS 14 9 1 4 0 4 0 0 10 6 8 0
20 Mike Garrett 29 RB 10 9 0 6 1 0 0
24 Bob Howard 29 LCB 13 13 5 25 0 25 0 0 0 2 2 0
38 Robert Holmes 28 13 2 0 5 0 0 0
28 Willie McGee 23 11 0 0 4 1 0 0
35 Bob Thomas 25 14 2 0 3 2 0 0
87 Lionel Aldridge 32 10 9 0 0 3 0 0
37 Cid Edwards 30 FB 13 12 0 3 0 0 0
14 Dan Fouts 22 QB 10 6 0 2 1 0 0
26 Clint Jones 28 rb 12 3 0 2 1 0 0
58 Mike Stratton 32 LLB 14 9 3 46 0 23 0
19 Johnny Unitas 40 qb 5 4 0 3 0 0 0
79 Coy Bacon 31 RDE 12 9 1 80 1 80 0 0 0 1 0 0
13 Wayne Clark 26 qb 11 4 0 1 1 0 0
54 Carl Gersbach 26 MLB 14 8 1 9 0 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
69 Ira Gordon 26 6 0 0 0 2 0 0
81 Ron Holliday 25 WR 11 6 0 1 1 0 0
66 Rick Redman 30 RLB 11 11 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 Mel Rogers 26 llb 10 4 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
82 Tim Rossovich 27 mlb 13 6 1 9 0 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
30 Bryant Salter 23 13 8 1 20 0 20 0 0 0 1 0 0
40 Joe Beauchamp 29 FS 9 8 0 0 1 0 0
64 Dave Costa 32 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
39 Lenny Dunlap 24 RCB 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
77 Ron East 30 LDT 13 10 0 0 1 0 0
75 Deacon Jones 35 LDE 12 12 0 0 1 0 0
51 Pete Lazetich 23 de 12 3 0 0 1 0 0
55 Carl Mauck 26 C 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
57 Floyd Rice 24 5 3 1 8 0 8 0
78 Walt Sweeney 32 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
70 Russ Washington 27 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.4 14 16 205 1 80 0 0 40 36 10 0
Opp Total 14 37 31 13 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
15 Ray Wersching 23 K 14 0 13 11 46
38 Robert Holmes 28 13 2 7 7 42
25 Jerry LeVias 27 WR 14 11 3 3 18
27 Gary Garrison 29 wr 7 4 2 2 12
48 Ron Smith 30 KR/PR/SS 14 9 2 2 12
86 Jim Thaxton 24 te 10 3 2 2 12
29 Dennis Partee 27 P 14 0 6 1 9
79 Coy Bacon 31 RDE 12 9 1 1 6
37 Cid Edwards 30 FB 13 12 1 1 6
20 Mike Garrett 29 RB 10 9 1 1 6
26 Clint Jones 28 rb 12 3 1 1 6
57 Floyd Rice 24 5 3 1 1 6
35 Bob Thomas 25 14 2 1 1 6
81 Ron Holliday 25 WR 11 6 1 1
Team Total 27.4 14 9 9 2 1 1 22 20 12 188
Opp Total 14 23 18 1 4 42 22 1 386

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-23 BUF W, 34-7 1 72 punt Ron Smith 72 yard punt return (Ray Wersching kick)
2 1973-09-23 BUF W, 34-7 2 1 rush Robert Holmes 1 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
3 1973-09-23 BUF W, 34-7 3 26 pass Gary Garrison 26 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Ray Wersching kick)
4 1973-09-23 BUF W, 34-7 3 12 pass Jim Thaxton 12 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Ray Wersching kick)
5 1973-09-23 BUF W, 34-7 4 4 rush Robert Holmes 4 yard rush
6 1973-09-30 CIN L, 13-20 4 8 pass Bob Thomas 8 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Ray Wersching kick)
7 1973-10-07 @ PIT L, 21-38 4 13 pass Jerry LeVias 13 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Ray Wersching kick)
8 1973-10-07 @ PIT L, 21-38 4 3 rush Clint Jones 3 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
9 1973-10-07 @ PIT L, 21-38 4 1 rush Robert Holmes 1 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
10 1973-10-14 OAK L, 17-27 3 20 pass Jim Thaxton 20 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Ray Wersching kick)
11 1973-10-14 OAK L, 17-27 3 36 pass Jerry LeVias 36 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Ray Wersching kick)
12 1973-10-28 @ CLE T, 16-16 2 1 pass Mike Garrett 1 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Ron Holliday run)
13 1973-11-11 @ DEN L, 19-30 2 80 interception Coy Bacon 80 yard interception return
14 1973-11-11 @ DEN L, 19-30 2 18 rush Robert Holmes 18 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
15 1973-11-18 NOR W, 17-14 2 84 punt Ron Smith 84 yard punt return (Ray Wersching kick)
16 1973-11-18 NOR W, 17-14 4 1 rush Robert Holmes 1 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
17 1973-12-02 @ NWE L, 14-30 2 51 fumble Floyd Rice 51 yard fumble return (Dennis Partee kick)
18 1973-12-02 @ NWE L, 14-30 2 1 rush Robert Holmes 1 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
19 1973-12-09 DEN L, 28-42 1 1 rush Robert Holmes 1 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
20 1973-12-09 DEN L, 28-42 2 11 pass Gary Garrison 11 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Dennis Partee kick)
21 1973-12-09 DEN L, 28-42 4 1 rush Cid Edwards 1 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
22 1973-12-09 DEN L, 28-42 4 69 pass Jerry LeVias 69 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Dennis Partee kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-16 @ WAS W, 38-0 1 2 fumble Verlon Biggs 2 yard fumble return (Curt Knight kick)
2 1973-09-16 @ WAS W, 38-0 1 1 rush Larry Brown 1 yard rush (Curt Knight kick)
3 1973-09-16 @ WAS W, 38-0 1 36 fumble Brig Owens 36 yard fumble return (Curt Knight kick)
4 1973-09-16 @ WAS W, 38-0 3 32 pass Charley Taylor 32 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
5 1973-09-16 @ WAS W, 38-0 4 12 pass Frank Grant 12 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
6 1973-09-23 BUF L, 7-34 2 6 rush O.J. Simpson 6 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
7 1973-09-30 CIN W, 20-13 1 78 pass Essex Johnson 78 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)
8 1973-09-30 CIN W, 20-13 2 1 rush Boobie Clark 1 yard rush
9 1973-09-30 CIN W, 20-13 3 38 pass Essex Johnson 38 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)
10 1973-10-07 @ PIT W, 38-21 1 12 pass Ron Shanklin 12 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
11 1973-10-07 @ PIT W, 38-21 1 1 rush Terry Bradshaw 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
12 1973-10-07 @ PIT W, 38-21 2 1 rush Steve Davis 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
13 1973-10-07 @ PIT W, 38-21 2 0 fumble Mike Wagner 0 yard fumble return (Roy Gerela kick)
14 1973-10-07 @ PIT W, 38-21 2 37 pass Ron Shanklin 37 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Roy Gerela kick)
15 1973-10-14 OAK W, 27-17 3 54 pass Cliff Branch 54 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
16 1973-10-14 OAK W, 27-17 4 1 rush Marv Hubbard 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
17 1973-10-14 OAK W, 27-17 4 26 pass Bob Moore 26 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
18 1973-10-21 ATL W, 41-0 1 8 rush Art Malone 8 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
19 1973-10-21 ATL W, 41-0 2 4 rush Dave Hampton 4 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
20 1973-10-21 ATL W, 41-0 3 2 rush Dave Hampton 2 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
21 1973-10-21 ATL W, 41-0 4 2 rush Eddie Ray 2 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
22 1973-10-21 ATL W, 41-0 4 12 rush Eddie Ray 12 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
23 1973-10-28 @ CLE T, 16-16 4 7 rush Greg Pruitt 7 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
24 1973-11-04 KAN W, 19-0 1 5 rush Ed Podolak 5 yard rush
25 1973-11-04 KAN W, 19-0 4 39 pass Morris Stroud 39 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
26 1973-11-11 @ DEN W, 30-19 1 1 rush Floyd Little 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
27 1973-11-11 @ DEN W, 30-19 3 20 pass Gene Washington 20 yard pass from Charley Johnson
28 1973-11-11 @ DEN W, 30-19 4 14 pass Riley Odoms 14 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
29 1973-11-11 @ DEN W, 30-19 4 1 rush Floyd Little 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
30 1973-11-18 NOR L, 14-17 3 9 pass Jubilee Dunbar 9 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
31 1973-11-18 NOR L, 14-17 4 14 pass John Beasley 14 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
32 1973-11-25 @ OAK W, 31-3 1 59 fumble George Atkinson 59 yard fumble return (George Blanda kick)
33 1973-11-25 @ OAK W, 31-3 2 7 rush Charlie Smith 7 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
34 1973-11-25 @ OAK W, 31-3 2 16 pass Fred Biletnikoff 16 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
35 1973-11-25 @ OAK W, 31-3 3 1 pass Bob Moore 1 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
36 1973-12-02 @ NWE W, 30-14 2 92 kickoff Mack Herron 92 yard kickoff return
37 1973-12-02 @ NWE W, 30-14 2 14 pass Randy Vataha 14 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Jeff White kick)
38 1973-12-02 @ NWE W, 30-14 3 1 rush Jim Plunkett 1 yard rush (Jeff White kick)
39 1973-12-02 @ NWE W, 30-14 4 3 rush Jim Plunkett 3 yard rush (Jeff White kick)
40 1973-12-09 DEN W, 42-28 1 24 pass Riley Odoms 24 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
41 1973-12-09 DEN W, 42-28 2 1 rush Floyd Little 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
42 1973-12-09 DEN W, 42-28 3 2 rush Joe Dawkins 2 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
43 1973-12-09 DEN W, 42-28 3 15 pass Haven Moses 15 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
44 1973-12-16 @ KAN W, 33-6 1 1 rush Ed Podolak 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
45 1973-12-16 @ KAN W, 33-6 3 5 rush Jeff Kinney 5 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
46 1973-12-16 @ KAN W, 33-6 4 2 rush Wendell Hayes 2 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)