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Chance of Chargers Blackout Looms

About 7,200 unsold general tickets remain

By Michael Gehlken
|  Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011  |  Updated 1:28 PM PDT
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San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers #17 walks into the inflatable tunnel for pregame introductions for the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium on December 12, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 31-0.

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The San Diego Chargers weren't blacked out in either their first two home games.

This week, the organization faces its biggest challenge.

About 7,200 general tickets must be sold by 1:15 p.m. Thursday, a tall order if the Sunday game between the Chargers and Miami Dolphins is to be televised live on local television.

A two-day surge in ticket sales represents fans' best hope to see the game from home. If enough tickets are sold prior to the deadline, the NFL could grant a 24-hour extension to sell the remaining tickets.

Again, a tall order.

The game will be a homecoming of sorts for Dolphins running back Reggie Bush, a Helix High graduate playing in San Diego for the first time in his NFL career.

The Chargers (2-1) and Dolphins (0-3) kick off at 1:15 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online through the team website or via phone at 1-800-745-3000. The Chargers' ticket office, located at Gate C at Qualcomm Stadium, is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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