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Chargers - 49ers In-Game Report
A two-minute drill by Brad Sorensen wasn't enough to dig into the widened 49ers lead.
B.J. Daniels tossed two fourth-quarter touchdowns to put the Niners out of reach. The Chargers preseason ended with a 41-6 loss at the hands of their interstate opponents.
The first Daniels score could've been prevented. The rookie found Lavelle Hawkins on an in route for a first down, but several Bolts defenders tripped and opened up room for the receiver to run. He scored 45 yards later.
Daniels launched a perfect throw on the second score that would've been tough for any defender to locate. His 14-yard fade to Chuck Jacobs was just outside the outstretched arms of cornerback William Middleton.
Sorensen couldn't pick up the offense after the second score, and Mike Scifres came on for his third punt of the quarter.
Seyi Ajirotutu played well into the fourth quarter and notched two receptions for 13 yards.
Two Brad Sorensen picks and a blocked punt marred a strong defensive quarter for the Bolts.
San Diego’s defenders held strong against the run with dual-threat quarterback B.J. Daniels in, minimizing the damage of one Brad Sorensen interception and limiting the 49ers to a field goal.
But the punt team relinquished a block that was recovered for a touchdown by 49ers linebacker Cam Johnson, and the Chargers trail 27-6 entering the fourth quarter.
The defense forced two punts by sticking to their assignments. On a key series late in the period, defenders stuck with Daniels to prevent him from picking up a first down.
Daniels scrambled left when the Bolts blanketed his receivers downfield. He dove for the first-down marker, but cornerback Cornelius Brown halted his momentum with a tackle that pushed Daniels back.
The defense wouldn't budge when Sorensen threw his interception on the ensuing Chargers possession, either. Linebacker Jerrell Harris wrapped Jewel Hampton up for just a two-yard gain on first down before backing off in coverage to mark two Niners receivers.
Daniels tossed two incompletions thanks to that coverage, and kicker Phil Dawson kicked his second field goal on the next play.
Harris added a sack to close out the quarter.
Jahleel Addae and Luke Tasker re-energized the home crowd with two electric plays, but at halftime, the Chargers trail the 49ers, 17-6.
Backed up on their 5-yard line, Addae sprinted up from the secondary and rammed into Niners running back Jewel Hampton. Tasker made the 49ers pay two downs later when they punted from their own end zone.
Tasker fielded the punt, cut to the Chargers sideline, and ran past midfield for a 15-yard return. Three plays later, Nick Novak cut into the 49ers lead with his second field goal – a 48-yard kick straight down the uprights.
The Chargers defense enjoyed a strong quarter with mixed results. They routinely forced the former Texas Longhorn to evacuate the pocket and settle for short rollouts and minimal runs on the first drive with swarming play. Defensive end Logan Harrell and linebacker Frank Beltre were among the players that made McCoy feel uncomfortable early, interrupting the Niners first drive and forcing them to kick a field goal.
But Charlie Whitehurst was picked off deep in Bolts territory, and McCoy broke contain on the next possesion. He faked the run to find a rare clean pocket, rolled right, and found his running back Anthony Dixon out of the backfield for a five-yard score.
Fozzy Whittaker enjoyed a strong quarter with six carries for 39 yards. Following the Whitehurst pick, his number was called on five straight carries.
The Chargers will receive the ball to start the second half.
The team in red and gold got a big dose of Green in the first quarter.
Tight end Ladarius Green caught four passes on the Bolts' opening drive and helped put the Chargers in position for points. After fifteen minutes of play, the Chargers trail the 49ers, 7-3.
The catch Green didn't make would've pulled the team even at a touchdown apiece. But the second year tight end couldn't haul a diving touchdown between three defenders, so Nick Novak kicked a 41-yard field goal.
Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst found Green with five of his seven completions on the quarter for 49 yards. He also connected on a crossing route with returning wideout Seyi Ajirotutu for a 14-yard pickup by the Chargers sideline.
Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick marched his team the length of the field on the opening drive - his only possession of the night. He notched a touchdown pass when he flung a side-arm throw to rookie receiver Quinton Patton. Patton sidestepped his coverage and ran down the sideline for a 43-yard score.
Patton started the next Niners drive off with a nine-yard reception from Kaepernick's replacement, Colt McCoy. But linebacker Frank Beltre pushed the opponent back by reading a run by LaMichael James perfectly. The Niners lost six on the run and the Chargers defense forced a punt.
The Chargers offense has the ball at the 24-yard line to start the second quarter.
The Bolts conclude their 2013 preseason campaign with a battle of two California teams.
The San Francisco 49ers (2-1) travel south to take on the Chargers (1-2) tonight at Qualcomm Stadium. Head coach Mike McCoy seeks to duplicate last week’s win in this last exhibition game.
McCoy couldn’t ask for a better final test for his team than the 49ers. It’s unknown how much playing time Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, Patrick Willis and company will see, but tonight’s opponent played in Super Bowl XLVII last February because of its deep and talented roster. A youth movement makes the 49ers increasingly formidable; Coach Jim Harbaugh infused the team with 11 draft picks last April and continued to find impact reserves. Those players will be on display tonight.
The Chargers coaching staff won’t have an easy time paring down the roster to 53 if the team performs like it did last week against the Cardinals. Veteran quarterback Philip Rivers and running back Ryan Mathews marched down the field in a mixed-tempo attack, new Bolts pass rusher Dwight Freeney led a swarming defense and the special teams enjoyed a bounce-back week with two blocks and another big punt return.
The Chargers’ first teamers proved they were in regular season form. Now, with roster spots on the line, it’ll be up to the Chargers second and third-teamers to carve their niche and show they’re every bit as NFL-ready as their NFC Champion counterparts.
Kickoff is set for 7:00pm. Stay tuned to Chargers.com for all the latest news and updates.