The Bolts will open the '07 season on Sunday, Sept. 9 against Lovie Smith and the defending NFC Champion Chicago Bears. The game will kick off at 1:15 p.m. PDT and be nationally-televised by FOX as the second-half of the NFL's Kickoff Weekend double-header. It will pit new Chargers head coach Norv Turner against his brother, Ron, who is the offensive coordinator for the Bears. New Chargers linebackers coach Ron Rivera spent the last three years as the Bears' defensive coordinator.
In Week 2, the Chargers will head to Foxboro, Mass. for a rematch of January's AFC Divisional Playoff game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, Sept. 16. It promises to be an exciting night as NBC broadcasts the game to a nationwide audience in prime time. Kickoff is set for 5:15 p.m. PDT.
The Chargers will stay on the road in Week 3 as they travel to Green Bay for their first regular-season game at Lambeau Field since 1996. The Bolts and Pack will face off on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. It could be the last time the Chargers ever face Packers quarterback and future Hall of Famer Brett Favre.
The Bolts will return home to San Diego on Sept. 30 for their first AFC West game of the season when they host the Kansas City Chiefs. It opens a stretch of three straight division games for the Chargers, who will head to Denver to face the Broncos on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1:15 p.m. PDT before returning home to host their arch-rivals, the Oakland Raiders, on Sunday, Oct. 14, also at 1:15 p.m.
The Chargers get their bye in Week 7 (Oct. 21) before the team plays two of its next three at home. On Sunday, Oct. 28, the Lightning Bolts will host the Houston Texans and their new quarterback Matt Schaub. Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m. Following the Texans game, the Chargers will head to "The Land of 10,000 Lakes" to face the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome on Sunday, Nov. 4.
One of the highlights of the home schedule is sure to come on Sunday Night Nov. 11 when they turn on the lights at Qualcomm Stadium and welcome Peyton Manning and the defending Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts to San Diego. NBC will televise the game across the country with kickoff set for 5:15 p.m. PST.
Following the Indianapolis game, the Chargers will take to the road for three of their next four games. That stretch includes road contests at Jacksonville on Nov. 18, at Kansas City on Dec. 2 and at Tennessee, Dec. 9. The lone home game during that stretch, however, figures to be a barn-burner as the Bolts host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Nov. 25 in a rematch of last year's contest in Baltimore, which the Ravens won, 16-13, on a 10-yard touchdown catch by Todd Heap with 34 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
The Chargers will close out the 2007 season with two of their last three games at home. On Sunday, Dec. 16, the Bolts will host the Detroit Lions for a 1:15 p.m. PST kickoff before they welcome the Broncos to San Diego for the Dec. 24 Christmas Eve special on ESPN. That game will kick off at 5:00 p.m. PST.
The Bolts will close out the regular season on Sunday, Dec. 30 with a road game against the Oakland Raiders at the McAfee Coliseum.
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, www.Chargers.com.