Chargers announce preseason schedule

For the fourth-consecutive season, the Chargers will open their preseason schedule at home when the Seattle Seahawks come to San Diego in mid-August to kick off the '09 slate. The Chargers will wrap up their preseason schedule at home as well against running back Frank Gore and Head Coach Mike Singletary's San Francisco 49ers.

Seattle's trip to San Diego marks the fourth-straight August in which Matt Hasselbeck and company will visit Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won last year's meeting between the two teams, thanks to Jacob Hester's fourth-quarter touchdown run and Malcom Floyd's ensuing two-point conversion catch.

When San Francisco comes to town for the preseason finale, it will mark the eighth year in a row that the Chargers have wrapped up their preseason slate against the 49ers. San Diego has won the last two preseason meetings, including last year's contest at Candlestick Park when Charlie Whitehurst tossed a last-second touchdown pass.

Sandwiched between their two home games, the Chargers will travel to Arizona and Atlanta. They'll visit the defending NFC Champion Cardinals Week 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Week 3 brings the Chargers' longest preseason trip in eight years when they face the Falcons in a CBS nationally-televised contest scheduled for 5 p.m. on Aug. 29 in the Georgia Dome. The Chargers' trip to Atlanta marks the farthest they've traveled in the preseason since a 2001 contest in Miami.

With the exception of the Falcons game, the dates and times for the remaining preseason games have yet to be finalized. The opening week of preseason games will take place Aug. 13-17. Week 2 is scheduled for Aug. 20-24 and the final week of preseason games will be played on either Sept. 3 or 4.

Week-by-Week Schedule

HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 9

Buffalo vs. Tennessee (NBC)

WEEK 1 – AUGUST 13 – 17

Arizona at Pittsburgh (ESPN, 8/13)

Carolina at NY Giants (ESPN, 8/17)

Atlanta at Detroit

Chicago at Buffalo

Cincinnati at New Orleans

Cleveland at Green Bay

Dallas at Oakland

Denver at San Francisco

Houston at Kansas City

Jacksonville at Miami

Minnesota at Indianapolis

New England at Philadelphia

St. Louis at NY Jets

Seattle at San Diego

Tampa Bay at Tennessee

Washington at Baltimore

WEEK 2 – AUGUST 20-24

Philadelphia at Indianapolis (FOX, 8/20)

Tennessee at Dallas (FOX, 8/21)

NY Jets at Baltimore (ESPN, 8/24)

Atlanta at St. Louis

Buffalo at Green Bay

Carolina at Miami

Cincinnati at New England

Denver at Seattle

Detroit at Cleveland

Kansas City at Minnesota

New Orleans at Houston

NY Giants at Chicago

Oakland at San Francisco

Pittsburgh at Washington

San Diego at Arizona

Tampa Bay at Jacksonville

WEEK 3 – AUGUST 27-31

Miami at Tampa Bay (FOX, 8/27)

New England at Washington (CBS, 8/28)

San Diego at Atlanta (CBS, 8/29)

Chicago at Denver (NBC, 8/30)

Minnesota at Houston (ESPN, 8/31)

Baltimore at Carolina

Buffalo at Pittsburgh

Green Bay at Arizona

Indianapolis at Detroit

Jacksonville at Philadelphia

New Orleans at Oakland

NY Jets at NY Giants

St. Louis at Cincinnati

San Francisco at Dallas

Seattle at Kansas City

Tennessee at Cleveland

WEEK 4 – SEPTEMBER 3-4

Arizona at Denver

Baltimore at Atlanta

Cleveland at Chicago

Dallas at Minnesota

Detroit at Buffalo

Green Bay at Tennessee

Houston at Tampa Bay

Indianapolis at Cincinnati

Kansas City at St. Louis

Miami at New Orleans

NY Giants at New England

Oakland at Seattle

Philadelphia at NY Jets

Pittsburgh at Carolina

San Francisco at San Diego

Washington at Jacksonville

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www.chargers.com

   
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