These two franchises were some of the AFL’s best teams in its 10-year history. In fact, the two squared off in the first two AFL Championship games in 1960 and 1961. Houston won both games and they went on to play in two more. The Chargers played in five of the 10 championship games, winning one. This means that 45 percent of the time one of these two teams were in the AFL Championship game.
Back then, of course, they were the San Diego Chargers and the Houston Oilers, but both have gotten back to premier status in recent years, making Chargers vs. Titans as relevant and exciting as ever. Sort of a shame the Titans aren’t sporting their Houston throwback jerseys.
Chargers vs. Titans: Stints and Streaks
The two teams have played 48 times, with the Chargers holding the lead 29-18-1. 19 of those games were played between 1960 and 1970 before the AFL-NFL merger. The Chargers hold the lead for the AFL stint, 12-7. Their first he Chargers had an 8-game winning streak from 1963-67. But the Oilers winning streak in this era also includes one of their championships. Somewhat appropriately, the first NFL game they played against one another resulted in the only tie of the matchup.
The Oilers also held a four-game winning streak from 1987-1992. The Chargers longest winning streak came right on the heels of the Oilers, between 1993 and 2012, and includes a Wild Card round playoff win.
Chargers vs. Titans: Location, Location, Location
Since the Oilers moved from Houston to Tennessee in 1997, the Chargers have dominated; winning 12 of the 14 meetings. The LA Chargers vs. Titans has only officially occurred three times. LA holds the advantage, 2-1. In those three games, the victor has won by a total of SIX points and the total score is Chargers 57, Titans 56.