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Marc Tyler rushed for a first down on the first play of the fourth quarter, pushing the ball to the Chargers 28. Graham Harrell hit Dale Moss on an out route for a seven yard gain, but on second down Kendall Reyes flushed the quarterback out of the pocket and he threw it away. On 3rd-and-3, the Chargers blitzed and forced Harrell to throw the ball early, disrupting the plays timing. The Packers decided to go for it and on fourth down, a pass interference penalty on Greg Gatson gave the visiting team a first down. Harrell hit Moss for another first down two plays later, and Green Bay had first and goal at the six. Corey Lynch brought down Tyler after a gain of two, and on 2nd-and-4 the Packers back brought the ball within the one-yard line. With the Qualcomm crowd in a frenzy Green Bay called a time-out, and when play resumed Tyler barreled his way in for a touchdown. Being the preseason, the Packers decided to go for two, and Harrell’s pass to Jarrett Boykin was broken up by Shareece wright, and the Bolts remained ahead 14-13.
From nine yards deep in the end zone, Michael Hayes returned the ball to the 24-yard line. Jarrett Lee remained in the game and was sacked on the first snap of the drive. Lee shook off the hit and completed a strike to Taylor Embree for a gain of 17, bringing up a 3rd-and-1. Jacob Hester took the handoff up the middle but was stopped short of the first down marker, bringing up another Robert Malone punt.
Tyler took the handoff on first down and was met by Jonas Mouton after a gain of four. He burst through the line again to the right for a first before he was brought down by Brandon Taylor. The Packers went to the well too many times as Logan Harrell and Demorrio Williams combined to stop him at the line of scrimmage. Following a false start penalty, Green Bay faced a 2nd-and-15. A screen pass went for seven yards, bringing up 3rd-and-8 where Harrell scrambled to the outside and threw an incomplete pass. Tim Masthay punted the ball to DeAndre Presley.
Jackie Battle took the handoff for no gain, Lee was still in at quarterback. The Packers came out in prevent defense, dropping 8 men into coverage. Jarrett Lee threw a bomb to Taylor Embree for 37 yards on 3rd and long. Curtis Brinkley had a 12 yard run around the edge for the 1st down. Receiver Phillip Payne took a quick screen for 14 yards down the right sideline. Curtis Brinkley ran for a yard into the middle of the offensive line. Lee hit Mike Willie for 10 yards on a comeback route. On 2nd down, Brinkley ran for 3 yards around the right edge to the 1 yard line. The Chargers challenged the ruling, but the call was confirmed after review. Curtis Brinkley dove over the pile for the 1 yard touchdown and Nate Kaeding’s kick was good.
B.J. Coleman came in at quarterback for the Packers. His deep pass down the left sideline was incomplete to Dale Moss. Coleman missed a wide open Curenski Gilleylen on a deep crossing route on 2nd down. Coleman missed again on a deep corner route to Gilleylen for his third attempt. The Packers went for it on 4th down where Coleman hit DJ Williams with a 12 yard catch over the middle for the first down. Marc Tyler fumbled on a screen pass and Chargers linebacker Ricky Elmore recovered the fumble.
To end the game, Jarrett Lee took a knee to seal the victory for the Chargers.
The Packers received the ball to start the second half, and Graham Harrell narrowly missed a long ball that was covered perfectly by the Bolts Greg Gatson. On second down, Melvin Ingram ran down speedy wideout Diondre Borel to bring up 3rd and six, and once again, the Chargers forced another three-and-out.
After a 55-yard punt by Tim Masthay, Jarrett Lee and the Chargers took over at the 27-yard line. Michael Hayes returned to the game and rushed for back to back three yard gains to bring up 3rd-and-4. Curtis Brinkley entered the game and ran for a seven yard gain and a first down. Lee threw his first pass of the half over the middle to Brinkley for six yards. Lee fumbled the snap but recovered it, bringing up another third down. The quarterback tried to throw deep to Vincent Brown, but the ball was picked off by Anthony Levine at the Green Bay 26.
After a one-yard run, the Chargers brought the heat, resulting in a sack for Bront Bird and Kendall Reyes. On 3rd-and-13, Reyes came running hard at Harrell, forcing him to throw short to bring up 4th-and-10. Tim Mastay blasted another impressive 51-yard punt, forcing DeAndre Presley to call a fair catch on the San Diego 23.
Edwin Baker took the first carry of his NFL career for a three-yard gain. Lee was hit when making the pass on second down, bringing up 3rd-and-7. The Bolts attempted a screen pass to Brinkley but it was snuffed out, forcing another Robert Malone punt.
Green Bay started the next drive at the 25-yard line, and Larry English snuffed out the running play, forcing the running back into Ricky Elmore for a one yard loss. Cam Thomas and Reyes combined on the next play to stop Marc Tyler for no gain. On 3rd-and-11, the Chargers forced an incomplete pass to get the ball back.
Lee’s first play of the next series was an incomplete pass intended for Baker on a screen pass. On second-and-10, Jackie Battle got his first carry as a Charger, a one-yard gain off the left side. Lee completed a pass to Brinkley on third down short of the first-down marker, forcing the Bolts into another punt.
Harrell took control at his own 32, and gave the ball to Tyler up the gut where he was met by Jacques Cesaire and Reyes after a gain of three. The Packers ran for a first down on the next play, but a holding play negated the gain and pushed them into 2nd-and-17. Harrell hit Dale Moss for an eight yard gain, and on 3rd-and-9, a scrambling Harrell hit Curenski Gilleylen for 17-yards and a first down. Tyler took the rock for a three yard gain on first down, followed by a screen pass which brought us to the end of the third quarter.
Michael Hayes took the handoff to start the second quarter, but was stuffed for no gain, bringing up a 3rd-and-8. Lee threw a perfect strike to Taylor Embree, but the play was nullified by a holding penalty on Jeromey Clary. Lee hit Brinkley for a short gain, and Robert Malone came in for the punt.
The Packers took over at the 24, and the Chargers defense impressed with their third three-and-out of the game. DeAndre Presley fielded the ensuing punt for six yards to the San Diego 21. Brinkley took the rock on first down for a three-yard gain, and on the next play Lee hit new tight end Dante Rosario for a first down. With the ball on the 33, Brinkley took the first down run again, this time taking it up the middle for five yards. On the next play he was tripped up in the backfield for a loss of three, and on third down Lee hit Spurlock for a monster gain of 45 yards into Packers territory. The Chargers called a time-out with 8:26 left in the quarter and the ball on the 20-yard line. On first down, Brinkley took the ball off the left guard for a three-yard gain. On 2nd-and-7, Lee’s dart to Vincent Brown was tipped away and on third down he threw an incomplete pass looking for Embree. Nick Novak came in for the 35-yard field goal attempt, but it clanged off the left up-right.
On the first play of the next series, Harrell threw behind Randall Cobb, bringing up second down, where Shareece Wright broke up the pass along the right sideline. On 3rd-and-10, the Chargers front line brought the pressure, forcing Harrell out of the pocket. Scrambling, he completed the ball for no gain, and the Packers punted once again.
Brinkley took the handoff on first down for a seven-yard gain, and he followed that up with a run off the right side for a first down. With the play clock winding down the Bolts were forced to use their second time out of the half. When they came back, Lee hooked up with Vincent Brown for a six yard gain. On the next play, the two came together for a big strike, where Brown out jumped the corner to haul in a 36-yard pass. With the ball at the 17-yard line, Brinkley rushed up the gut but the ball was pushed back 10-yards on a holding call on Mario Henderson. The Chargers went play action on 1st-and-20, and Lee threw a bullet to Brown, who dodged defenders and then out muscled them to bowl his way into the end zone. A Nick Novak extra-point made it 14-0.
The Packers took over at the 30-yard line, and on third-down Harrell hit Cobb for a 28-yard gain, bringing the game to the two-minute warning. After a pair of completions the Pack had first and goal from the five, but Larry English came in for the sack. Unfortunately, Melvin Ingram was called for a facemask after the play to make it first and five again. On the next snap Alex Green took it up the middle but was met by Demorrio Williams after a gain of just one. On second down, Harrell hit Cobb for a touchdown to cut the lead to 14-7 with 32 seconds left.
Jarrett Lee and the team took a knee and the Bolts went into the half up seven.
The Chargers won the opening coin toss and elected to receive, putting Philip Rivers and the offense right to work. Immediately, he hit Antonio Gates on the very first play for a six-yard gain. The Packers sacked Rivers on second down, but were called for unsportsmanlike conduct for over-celebrating. After the 15-yard penalty, Ryan Mathews took a toss to the right for a five yard gain, but came out of the game after sustaining a shoulder injury. A screen-pass to Ronnie Brown on second down gave the Bolts another first, but the drive stalled at the Packers 46, forcing a Mike Scifres punt that was downed at the three yard line.
On the first play for Aaron Rodgers and company, Melvin Ingram helped break up a short pass attempt to James Starks. After Takeo Spikes and Quentin Jammer stopped Starks for a three-yard gain, Rodgers hit Tom Crabtree for a first down. The Bolts forced the Pack into another third-down attempt, and Rodgers converted yet again this time to James Jones. But on the very next play, Starks coughed the ball up and it was recovered by new safety Atari Bigby.
Taking over at the Packers 26, Ronnie Brown took the handoff out of the shotgun formation for a three-yard gain. Play was stopped momentarily as Desmond Bishop sustained a knee injury. On the very next play, as he has done so many times in his career, Rivers hit Gates in stride for a 23-yard touchdown strike. A Nate Kaeding extra point gave the Chargers the 7-0 lead.
On the kickoff, Diondre Borel took the ball out of the end zone but was crushed by Darrel Stuckey and Shareece Wright, who forced a fumble recovered by Sean Cattouse. The Chargers took control of the ball and on the first play, Michael Hayes rushed for a gain of two. On the next down, however, Rivers attempted to hit Robert Meachem but the ball was picked off by Tramon Williams. Rodgers and the Packers received the ball at their own 28-yard line, but the Chargers defense was up for the task and forced a three-and-out. Michael Spurlock returned the Tim Mastay punt up to the San Diego 42-yardline.
Unfortunately, Rivers and Hayes fumbled the exchange on first-down and Green Bay recovered the ball. Corey Liuget stuffed Starks for a short gain, but was called for encroachment before the next snap, giving Green Bay a short second and three. Starks took the ball again but was tackled by Eric Weddle and Kendall Reyes. Rodgers tried for a deep bomb to Jones on third down but it was dropped, bringing up fourth and two. On the pivotal play, Melvin Ingram pressured Rodgers who through a wobbly pass picked off by Antoine Cason.
Jarrett Lee came into the game at quarterback for Rivers, who handed the ball off to Brown on his first professional snap. After a failed screen pass, Lee was faced with a 3rd-and-8, completing the pass to Micheal Spurlock but it was a yard short of the first down. Scifres boomed a monster 55-yard punt that was muffed by Shaky Smithson, but the Pack recovered it.
Graham Harrell replaced Rodgers, and the Chargers defense beared down once again, forcing yet another three and out. Spurlock fielded the punt again, and bust out a nice return of 20 yards. Lee immediately hit Vincent Brown on a bootleg for 12 yards. After a short gain by Hayes the quarter came to an end.