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Despite an impressive performance by quarterback Kellen Clemens, boisterous Seattle proved too much for the Chargers with the team losing 41-14.
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s 44-yard rushing touchdown gave the Seahawks a 34-14 lead with 11:30 remaining in the fourth.
Quarterback Brad Sorensen entered at quarterback and the beginning of the drive saw a couple of strong runs by running back Marion Grice. A sack on Sorensen pushed the Bots back and the team was forced to punt.
B.J. Daniels lined up under center for Seattle and after moving his team downfield to the San Diego six-yard line, the quarterback ran it in for the touchdown putting the Seahawks 41-14 over the Chargers.
The Bolts punted after a three-and-out and the Seahawks ran the clock out in victory formation to end the game.
Quarterback Kellen Clemens opened the second half under center for the Chargers but the drive ended at their own 35-yard line on a third-down quarterback sack.
Terrelle Pryor and the Seahawks went three-and-out, but Steven Hauschka drilled a 55-yard field goal for the 27-7 lead.
Clemens and the receiving corps moved the chains down to the Seattle six-yard line but a penalty on cornerback Tharold Simon reversed a pick six. One play later, Clemens found tight end Jake Byrne for the TD with 1:49 remaining in the third. 27-14 in favor of the Seahawks.
The Seahawks will open the fourth quarter with a new set of downs.
After a three-and-out by Kellen Clemens and the Chargers offense, Seattle’s runs continued to challenge the team’s defense. Quarterback Russell Wilson ran the ball in for the touchdown and with a good XP, the ‘Hawks were up 17-0.
The Chargers offense couldn’t get anything going on their second possession of the quarter and were forced to punt.
After the Seahawks drove downfield, the Bolts initially caught a break when a 13-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to wide receiver Doug Baldwin was overturned. Two plays later, Wilson scrambled five-yards for the touchdown making it 24-0 Seattle.
Clemens got the ball rolling with the offense and found Keenan Allen with less than a minute left in the quarter for a 13-yard touchdown. Nick Novak’s extra point was good and going into halftime, the Seahawks led 24-7.
The Chargers will get the ball to start the third quarter. Read
The Chargers won the toss and deferred to the second half.
Seattle’s first series ended in points for the ‘Hawks. Despite a quarterback sack by linebacker Tourek Williams, Seattle running back Robert Turbin was too much to contain for the Chargers defense and capped off a nine-play, 74-yard drive with a TD. Steven Hauschka’s extended extra point was good to give Seattle a 7-0 lead.
The Chargers opened their first series with a touchback and saw Donald Brown start at running back, but unfortunately their nine-play drive was cut short due to an incomplete pass on a 3rd-and-3.
Mike Scifres’ punt was downed at the Seattle two-yard line by safety Darrell Stuckey however Turbin continued his ground-game dominance for Seattle. The drive stalled at the San Diego 20, and Hauschka made a 38-yard field goal to increase their lead 10-0.
The Chargers, now led by quarterback Kellen Clemens, face a 2nd-and-13 at their own 18
The San Diego Chargers are in the Pacific Northwest tonight to face the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. The former AFC West rivals have met 12 times in the preseason. Currently, the Chargers are 1-0 this preseason while the Seahawks are 0-1.
CenturyLink is known as one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL but the Bolts are looking forward to the challenge.
The Chargers are looking to take their first-team offense even further tonight. Quarterback Philip Rivers and company looked solid in their preseason debut with number 17 completing all four of his passing attempts for 61-yards. Both the first team-offense and defense could get more reps tonight as the teams try to get a feel for one another since they’ll meet again in Week 2 of the regular season. The Chargers will test the Seahawks’ stout defense up front and will aim to challenge the ‘Hawks secondary through the air. Look for wide receivers Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd to get involved this game. Tackling will be of the essence for the Chargers’ defense as they try to also contain mobile quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Terrelle Pryor.
Wilson is entering his third year in the league, and while he’s certainly one of the most mobile quarterbacks, he finished 2013 passing for 3,357 yards with a 63.1% completion percentage. Seattle’s defense is the team’s bread and butter being led by cornerback Richard Sherman and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.
Kickoff is set for 7:00pm. Read