Chargers to open preseason on Sunday night

Norv Turner will make his head coaching debut in San Diego when the Chargers open the 2007 preseason on Sunday night Aug. 12, playing host to the Seattle Seahawks in an NBC Sunday Night Football national telecast.

The game will kick off at 5 p.m. PDT and will be a rematch of last year's Christmas Eve thriller in Seattle where the Bolts defeated the Seahawks, 20-17, on a 37-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Vincent Jackson with 29 seconds left to play.

Six days later, the Chargers will return to the national stage when they travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams on Saturday, Aug. 18 in another nationally-televised game. CBS will carry the broadcast, which will kick off at 5 p.m. PDT. The Chargers defeated the Rams during the 2006 regular season, winning 38-24. LaDainian Tomlinson scored three touchdowns, Shawne Merriman had two sacks and Marlon McCree had a 79-yard fumble return for a touchdown to help send the Bolts on to victory.

The Chargers will also play on the road in the third week of the preseason, making their first visit to University of Phoenix Stadium to take on the Arizona Cardinals. The date and time of the game are TBD (Aug. 23-27). University of Phoenix Stadium will be the host site for Super Bowl XLII in February 2008. The Chargers closed out the 2006 regular season against the Cardinals, defeating Arizona, 27-20, to secure their franchise-record 14th win of the season. Rivers threw two touchdown passes and completed a career-high 79 percent of his passes in helping lead the Bolts to the win.

The Bolts return home to close out the preseason when they host the San Francisco 49ers. Again, the exact date and time for the 49ers contest is TBD (Aug. 31-Sept. 2). It will mark the start of a two-game homestand for the Chargers, as they are scheduled to open the 2007 regular season a week later at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 1:15 p.m. PDT against the Chicago Bears. The Bolts and 49ers also met during the '06 regular season, with San Diego prevailing, 48-19, at Monster Park. LT scored a team-record-tying four touchdowns and Rivers threw two touchdown passes in the win.

Season tickets are currently on sale at the Chargers Ticket Office at Gate C at Qualcomm Stadium. For information on Chargers season tickets, fans can call the ticket office at 877-Chargers or visit the team's official website,

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