The Los Angeles Chargers will welcome in the Green Bay Packers to Dignity Health Sports Complex this Sunday. For historical reasons, that might be the last opponent fans want to see.
The Chargers are 3-5 and looking to stay in the AFC playoff race any way they can. After a big win over the Chicago Bears last week, the team looks to carry that momentum into a home game with the Packers. But defeating them will be no easy feat.
The Packers are 7-1 on the season and have Aaron Rodgers playing at an MVP level. Plus, there’s the little fact that the Chargers have beaten the Pack exactly one time… ever.
Green Bay has won the last seven meetings with the Chargers dating back to December 1993. In all, Green Bay has a 6-0 road record against the Chargers. But the Chargers did beat them once.
October 7, 1984
The one and only time the Chargers have ever beaten the Packers, it actually took place at Lambeau Field. The Chargers came into the game with a 3-2 record facing a bad Green Bay team that sat 1-5.
Still, the game was close.
The quarterbacks were Dan Fouts and Lynn Dickey. Both of them would throw two first-half touchdown passes and the score was tied 14-14 at the half. Both Fouts and Dickey would put up huge numbers on the day, but it was two interceptions thrown by Dickey that helped the Chargers win the game.
A 1-yard touchdown run by Earnest Jackson in the fourth quarter gave the Chargers a 31-21 lead, a lead that would prove insurmountable for Green Bay. The final score was 34-28 and the Chargers improved to 4-2 on the season, though they would finish 7-9.
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Kellen Winslow would set a team record with 15 receptions in the game (the one that Austin Ekeler recently tied). He also had 157 yards receiving. Fouts had 376 yards through the air and three touchdowns.
The Chargers also absolutely dominated time of possession, holding the ball for 41 minutes and 36 seconds.
It was a good old fashioned shootout at Lambeau, but the Chargers might want to avoid getting into one of those with Rodgers this Sunday. Rodgers has been throwing the ball as well as anyone this season and he might get Davante Adams back this week too.
However, if you’re going to the game this weekend, you could see some history. Should the Chargers find a way to win, you would see them do something they haven’t done in 35 years.