When Archie Manning threw his entire weight behind his youngest son becoming a New York Giant instead of a Charger in the 2004 NFL Draft, a guaranteed lifelong hatred would begin between America’s Finest City and football’s First Family.
Maybe there were other motives old Archie was harboring. Perhaps he remembered the rough treatment he’d received at the hands of the Chargers when he'd played them ages ago.
Whereas the famous football clan from New Orleans might have gotten the better financial deal out of the feud and a Super Bowl ring, San Diego has simply owned the Mannings on the gridiron.
Their sad history against the Chargers can be easily summed up: while neither Archie nor Eli has defeated the Bolts in five tries, Peyton has gone 4-5 against them—including two gut-wrenching playoff losses.
That's a collective 4-10. It’s a success story that can only partially be explained.
Dan Marino’s record was even at 3-3. Hall of Famer Bob Griese also sported a .500 record at 4-4. Joe Namath was only 5-5 against the Bolts.
Against other quarterbacks, the Chargers weren’t so lucky.
Depicted here are five quarterbacks (plus one honorary mention) that have contributed largely to the Chargers’ empty trophy case. With an accumulative 17-57 record, these are the guys that San Diego fans wish were born in Europe and pursued soccer instead of football. Or careers in renewable energy.