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Pro Football in the 1970s - Sports History Network EPISODE 19, 8th February 2021
Unheralded 1970s NFL Games (Part 2) 1979 Chargers vs. Oilers

Unheralded 1970s NFL Games (Part 2) 1979 Chargers vs. Oilers

Pigskin Past is part of the Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Your Favorite Sport's Yesteryear.


The 1979 San Diego Chargers were considered by most pro football experts to have one of the most explosive passing attacks in NFL history, and certainly up to that time in history. Their roster included the likes of quarterback Dan Fouts, tight end Kellen Winslow, and wide receiver Charlie Joiner. All three of them have a bust in Canton, Ohio. The Chargers registered a total of 411 points in 1979, one of the highest marks in the league. San Diego, as the AFC Western Division Champion, was slated to be at home for their first-round playoff game against the Houston Oilers. The Chargers were declared as 8 and ½ point favorites over Houston.

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PIgskin Past is a podcast dedicated to teaching fans about the history of the NFL during the 1970s, a time when the host (Joe Zagorski) grew up as a rabid fan of the game. Joe is also an author of multiple NFL books. See Joe's books below.

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