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Chargers - Eagles In-Game Report
Nick Novak slid to his knees at midfield and celebrated.
His 46-yard field goal put the Bolts up for good in a see-saw final period, and the Chargers emerge from Philadelphia with their first win of 2013.
Philip Rivers answered a game-typing Eagles field goal with a two minute drive of his own. He found Antonio Gates for a drive-igniting, 21-yard gain that put the team in business late. Novak capped the drive with seven seconds to play.
The Bolts comeback might not have happened without a heads up play from their special teams captain.
It might not have happened without Stuckey's heads up play. When Fozzy Whittaker fumbled the kickoff that came after a Michael Vick touchdown run, Darrell Stuckey stayed with the play. Eagles kicker Alex Henery couldn't control the ball, and Stuckey fell on it on the Eagles' 39-yard line.
Eddie Royal scored on a 15-yard screen pass soon after -- his third score of the game and fifth of the season.
The Eagles drove down the field but couldn't seize the lead when the Bolts amped up their pass rush. They got to Vick on second and third down and the Eagles settled for another Alex Henery field goal.
That field goal wasn't enough. The Chargers took the lead late and never gave it back. They'll be 1-1 heading into Week 3.
We're all tied up as the fourth quarter begins.
Philip Rivers dissected the Eagles defense to start the quarter and gave the Bolts a 10-point lead. That advantage was erased just minutes later when Michael Vick finally connected with DeSean Jackson deep and evened the game at 20-20 after three quarters.
Rivers is putting on a clinic. He's misfired on just seven passes through 45 minutes of play and easily located Eddie Royal on a 24-yard score for his second touchdown pass of the game.
That score is Royal's second of the afternoon too. He has four through two games.
Defensive coordinator John Pagano's group had avoided the big-play score up until the Jackson score. They avoided a long connection between Vick and Jackson on the Eagles' opening drive of the quarter, then stuffed the shifty LeSean McCoy in the backfield to force an Alex Henery field goal.
The Chargers went three-and-out, and the Eagles needed only two plays to tie the game up.
The Chargers have the ball near midfield to start the fourth quarter.
Eddie Royal looks pretty comfortable in the end zone.
Royal followed up his two-touchdown performance with another score against the Eagles. On the strength of that score and another field goal from Nick Novak, the Chargers are tied in Philadelphia, 13-10.
The Bolts' first touchdown came just seconds into the quarter. Already deep in Eagles territory, Philip Rivers found Royal cutting to the sideline. Royal secured the ball, turned up field, and successfully avoided safety Nate Allen while diving for the front pylon.
From there, Rivers dictated tempo to the high-octane Eagles. Rivers called for the no-huddle offense, snapping the ball just seconds before letting the play clock drain. Those two styles kept defenders on their heels, and that drive culminated with Novak's second field goal of the game.
The Eagles responded with a speedy drive of their own. Vick drove his team 75 yards in four plays, finding DeSean Jackson for a 41-yard pickup and Riley Cooper for a drive-ending score.
From there, Rivers mounted two drives that put his team in position to widen its lead. But Antonio Gates and Ryan Mathews both fumbled before they could cross the goal line on back-to-back possessions
The Chargers entered the locker room up three points when Alex Henery missed a field goal to end the half. The Bolts will receive the second-half kickoff.
Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense are proving there are two electric offenses on the field today in Philadelphia.
Rivers hasn't missed a pass in the first 15 minutes. His total control of the offense led to an early Nick Novak field goal, and the Chargers are on the move again as the first quarter comes to a close looking to break a 3-3 tie.
Rivers had a clean pocket for most of the team's first drive. He aptly located Malcom Floyd on a post for 19 yards and tossed to Danny Woodhead for a clutch third down conversion out of the backfield.
Ryan Mathews closed out a strong quarter with a 20-yard run that has sparked this second drive. He has 45 yards on just seven carries.
Meanwhile, defensive coordinator John Pagano countered the Eagles popular "blur" offense with one simple tactic -- pressuring Michael Vick.
The Eagles passer had nowhere to go when Jairus Wynn exploded by Todd Herremans for a sack. And Vick nearly lost possession when Dwight Freeney burst around the edge to swat the ball out of his hands.
The Eagles drove the ball, thanks in large part to a 70-yard pitch and catch from Vick to LeSean McCoy. But Pagano's unit held strong in the red zone, and the Birds had to settle for a field goal.
The San Diego Chargers (0-1) seek to even their early record against Chip Kelly’s high-octane Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) today at Lincoln Financial Field. Kickoff is slated for 10:00AM PST.
Ten-year veteran Philip Rivers will try to exploit an Eagles’ pass defense that surrendered 329 passing yards last week. Rivers will have a full array of receivers at his disposal – he completed passes to seven different players last week. Rivers found Malcom Floyd, Antonio Gates, and others downfield thanks to a new-look offensive line. That unit, featuring three new starters including top pick D.J. Fluker, will continue to mesh in the passing game while opening up holes for the running backs led by Ryan Mathews.
The Eagles ran 53 offensive plays in the first 30 minutes of play last week – the most in a half since 1998. Quarterback Michael Vick tossed two touchdowns without an interception. LeSean McCoy rushed 31 times for an NFL-best 184 yards. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson tallied 104 receiving yards and a touchdown. As a result, the Eagles emerged victorious in Kelly’s debut.
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