The highly anticipated 2022 regular season schedule was released Thursday, and the Los Angeles Chargers will open it against the same division rival that ended their playoff hopes last year, the Las Vegas Raiders.
The two teams will face off at SoFi Stadium on September 11.
The game will be a rematch of the Chargers’ final game of the 2021 regular season, a bizarre affair in which both teams would have qualified for the playoffs with a tie.
The Bolts scored 15 points in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter to even the score and force overtime. They then tied the score on a field goal with 4:30 left in overtime, but lost on Daniel Carlson’s 47-yard field goal as time expired in overtime.
The 35-32 loss ended the Chargers’ hopes of qualifying for the playoffs. The Raiders were defeated by the Cincinnati Bengals the following week in the wildcard round.
A highlight of the Chargers’ 17-game schedule is a New Year’s Day “Sunday Night Football” tilt against the Super Bowl champion Rams at SoFi Stadium, with the Chargers named as the home team.
Because New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday in 2023, there will be no conflict with the Rose Bowl Game, which will be played on January 2 due to its “Never on Sunday” rule.
The Chargers will play four more prime-time games, starting Sept. 15, when they play the Kansas City Chiefs on “Thursday Night Football.” The game that will be released on Amazon Prime.
The Chargers will also play on SNF on Nov. 13 in a road game against the San Francisco 49ers.
The Chargers will play Monday Night Football games against Denver at SoFi Stadium on October 17 and in Indianapolis on December 26.
The NFL schedule is based on a formula that ensures a team will play each of the other 31 teams at least once in four years.
The Chargers will open their three-game preseason schedule by taking on the Rams on August 13, with the Chargers also designated as the home team.
Here’s the Chargers’ 2022 regular season schedule:
September 11: Las Vegas
September 15: in Kansas City
September 25: Jacksonville
October 2: in Houston
October 9: in Cleveland
October 17: Denver
October 23: Seattle
November 6: in Atlanta
November 13: in San Francisco
November 20: Kansas City
November 27: in Arizona
December 4: in Las Vegas
December 11: Miami
December 18: Tennessee
December 26: in Indianapolis
January 1: Los Angeles Rams
January 7/8: in Denver