The kickoff times of four San Diego Chargers games, including three that will be played at Qualcomm Stadium, will be 10 minutes later than originally planned because of an effort to reduce instances when fans miss the end of the opening game televised as part of a doubleheader, the NFL announced Thursday.
The games against Tennessee (Sept. 16), Cincinnati (Dec. 2) and Oakland (Dec. 30) at Qualcomm Stadium and at Denver (Dec. 18) will begin at 1:25 p.m. Pacific Time.
In researching the kickoff time shift, the NFL analyzed games from the 2009-2011 seasons and found that 44 games required part of the audience to be switched to a mandatory doubleheader game kickoff. A 1:25 p.m. Pacific Time kickoff would reduce that number by 66 percent to 15 games.
The switch will also means that viewers not in the cities of the late doubleheader opponents will be less likely to miss the beginning of the late doubleheader games.
The 1:05 p.m. Pacific Time kickoffs for games not on the doubleheader network will remain unchanged.