The NFL playoffs continue to be dramatic. The upsets, late game heroics, costly turnovers, and momentum swings have carried over to the next round. Denver, Houston, Seattle, and Green Bay all went down last weekend, leaving us with just four remaining teams. Baltimore will travel to New England for the an AFC Championship rematch, while Atlanta plays host to San Francisco for the NFC crown. Meanwhile in San Diego, the Chargers continue their hunt for a head coach. General Manager Tom Telesco is currently going through the interview process, so stay tuned with that.
Not much to report from a personnel standpoint for the Chargers as of now. The team is focused on finding their GM before they close in on a new coach and it appears that they are on the hunt. We do have some news for all fans with regards to season tickets. Per the San Diego Chargers-Season ticket prices for two-thirds of the seats in Qualcomm Stadium – approximately 45,000 seats – remain unchanged, or are being reduced, for the sixth-consecutive season. Nearly 10,000 of those season seats in the View level have been reduced and will be available for $50 or less per game, including seats as low as $39 per game. The Chargers are one of just five NFL teams that didn’t raise ticket prices in the past five years. Twenty-seven of the NFL’s 32 teams raised prices, including many more than once. Season ticket prices for seats in prime locations of the stadium (Field, sideline Plaza and Press) are being adjusted in line with similar locations in NFL stadiums around the country. The adjustment reflects an increase of $10 or $20 per game, depending on the seat location. Overall, general season tickets for the 2013 season will range from $39 to $110 per game. The single-game prices will range from $52 to $130, providing season ticket holders with an savings of $70 to $200 for the season.
It's closing time in San Diego as Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner and General Manager AJ Smith were fired. The Chargers Power Hour started 60 minutes early and it's because special guest, Dean Spanos joined us. The Chargers president had a lot to say regarding the two men he dismissed, but he also expressed some new excitement about a new regime coming in. While there were plenty of head coaches fired today, Norv Turner's was probably the most obvious. So now the interview process will begin in San Diego as the Chargers seek a new GM and coach.
Uh oh, we're back with a "Prediction Friday" during the Chargers Power Hour. Chargers in the middle of a terrible stretch, losing four straight, and on the verge of being eliminated from postseason play. Now the team travels to Pittsburgh as they face a Steelers team that is getting starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger back. With the season now on life support, the Chargers are in a "do or die" situation.
Blacked out again? Yup, such is the case again as the Chargers play host to the Bengals on Sunday. Michael Spurlock makes his return back to San Diego as a member of the team and he was able to talk about his roller coaster ride thus far. The team is in dire need of some help as they've been hit with a rash of injuries in recent days. Donald Butler and Eric Weddle are among the big name players to be on the injury report, which means other players on the team need to show their faces. We've seen seldom used players step up in the clutch for the top tier teams, but we nobody on this Chargers team has done it as of yet. Will Sunday be the day? Most Chargers fans won't be able to see it first hand, but that's ok!....We got you covered here on XTRA SPORTS 1360.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! The Chargers and Ravens square off on Sunday afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium in a game that could mean their season. We're off for the next couple of days because of the holiday break, but we wanted to send our best to all the fans that support us all season long.
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