NFC Champions to visit San Diego during 2013 Preseason

San Diego, California - Chargers fans will see their team take on two of NFC playoff teams during the 2013 preseason when the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks visit Qualcomm Stadium.

“This preseason is going to be a great test for our football team and it’s exciting for our fans,” said Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy. “To be able to compete against two playoff teams at home will help us in our preparation for the season. It will also be good experience for us to play two outstanding teams on the road, including a game on national TV. Overall the preseason will be a good opportunity for us to get ready for the regular season.”

McCoy will make his NFL head coaching debut in San Diego as the Bolts will open the preseason against the Seattle Seahawks and their Pro Bowl quarterback, Russell Wilson. The Seahawks, coached by former University of Southern California Head Coach Pete Carroll, went 11-5 in 2012, finishing a half-game behind the 49ers in the NFC West. The Seahawks then went to the nation’s capital and upset the NFC East Champion Washington Redskins, 24-14, at FedEx Field in the Wild Card Playoffs. Former AFC West rivals, the Chargers and Seahawks last met in the preseason in 2011 and this will mark their ninth preseason date since 2002. The date and kickoff time for the game will be announced at a later time.

Following the Seattle game, the Chargers will play back-to-back road games, including a nationally-televised Thursday Night Football game on ESPN on August 15 against the Chicago Bears. Kickoff from Solider Field is scheduled for 5 p.m. PDT.

The following week, the Chargers will take another trip, albeit closer to home, traveling to Glendale, Arizona to take on the Cardinals. Date and kickoff time for that contest are TBD. The Cardinals’ game will mark the return of Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt to Arizona. Whisenhunt spent the 2007-12 seasons as the head coach of the Cardinals.

The Bolts will close out their preseason slate with a matchup against the defending NFC Champion 49ers and their exciting “Pistol” offense featuring quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers went 11-4-1 in 2012 and won the NFC West by one-half game over the Seahawks. Kaepernick took over as the team’s starting quarterback midway through the season and led the 49ers all the way to Super Bowl XLV after playoff wins over the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers, who are coached by former Chargers quarterback Jim Harbaugh, lost in the Super Bowl to the Baltimore Ravens, coached by Jim’s brother, John Harbaugh, 34-31. This will be the 42nd all-time preseason meeting between the Chargers and 49ers with San Francisco holding a narrow 21-20 series advantage. Date and kickoff for the 49ers contest is also TBD.

Season Tickets for all 10 Chargers home games, including preseason, are available now by calling 1-877-Chargers or logging onto www.Chargers.com. The Ticket Office at Qualcomm Stadium Gate C is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and this Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Only season tickets are available at this time.

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