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Chargers - 49ers In-Game Report
Despite the impressive efforts by the Chargers first team offense and defense, the Bolts fell to the San Francisco 49ers 21-7.
Phil Dawson kicked the 49ers to a 13-7 lead over the Chargers at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
After the Niners forced the Chargers to punt, 49ers quarterback Josh Johnson took his team into San Diego territory along with running back Glenn Winston. Winston added to the 49ers lead after a 27-yard touchdown. The team went for two and was successful leading 21-7 over the Chargers.
Sorensen drove the Chargers down to the San Francisco 20-yard line, but San Francisco cornerback Darryl Morris cut in front of tight end Ryan Otten and picked off Sorensen in Niners territory.
The 49ers took a series of knees to run out the clock and end the game.
Chargers defensive end Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe and 49ers center Marcus Martin were carted off in the fourth.
The Chargers received the ball to open the second half.
Brad Sorensen took over for Clemens in at quarterback. After moving the ball to their own 34-yard line, Sorensen was sacked by 49ers rookie linebacker Chris Borland for a loss of six and the Bolts punted.
Gabbert went back to work for the Niners, but their drive stalled after Chargers cornerback Chris Davis broke up a pass on a third-and-eight and forced the team to punt.
Consecutive punts from both teams plagued much of the third quarter wither neither team establishing any sort of rhythm.
With slightly less than half of the quarter over, former University of San Diego quarterback Josh Johnson took over for Gabbert for the Niners under center. Chargers’ Chris Davis and defensive lineman Doug Worthington split a sack on Johnson for a loss of one-yard and after an incomplete pass, the Niners once again punted.
With just over two minutes left in the quarter, Sorensen was picked off by 49ers 2014 first round draft selection rookie DB Jimmie Ward.
The Niners are currently deep in Chargers territory knocking on the end zone.
The defense continued their domination into the second quarter holding the 49ers to only three points after a 39-yard field goal by kicker Phil Dawson; 7-3, Chargers.
After the field goal, the Chargers’ first team offense was finished for the game. Quarterback Kellen Clemens entered but the team was forced to punt after a three-and-out.
The Chargers’ first team defense also exited the game on the Niners’ second possession of the quarter. With Kaepernick done for the day, Blaine Gabbert entered under center but also led his team to a three-and-out.
The Niners eventually got something going towards the end of the quarter with Gabbert finding tight end Vance McDonald for a six-yard touchdown. With Dawson’s extra point good, the 49ers led the Chargers 10-7 going into halftime.
The Chargers will receive the ball to open the second half.
The Chargers’ defense was up first after the 49ers won the coin toss and elected to receive.
In a stark contrast from last week, the Bolts’ defense did their job on the 49ers opening possession causing a three-and-out. Defensive end Corey Liuget had a two-yard tackle for loss on running back Frank Gore. Two plays later on third down, quarterback Colin Kaepernick scrambled out of the pocket but safety Eric Weddle popped the ball out of Kaepernick’s arm. Head Coach Mike McCoy challenged the call that Kaepernick was down by contact and didn’t win, which forced the 49ers punt.
The Chargers first drive stalled at the 49ers’ 46-yard line. Running back Ryan Mathews had a series of strong runs complemented by accurate passes from quarterback Philip Rivers to wide receiver Keenan Allen and tight end Antonio Gates.
Corey Liuget made his presence known again with a strip-sack on Kaepernick while defensive end Kendall Reyes recovered the ball on the SD 14-yard line. Trying to improve their red zone offense, the Bolts went for it on fourth down, but failed and turned the ball over on downs.
With 36 seconds left in the quarter, Rivers found Gates for a 10-yard touchdown. Nick Novak’s PAT was good and the Chargers led 7-0.
Chargers’ defensive tackle Kwame Geathers was carted off on the 49ers third possession of the game.
The San Diego Chargers will have their final road dress rehearsal before the regular season today in San Francisco as the Bolts (1-1) take on the 49ers (0-2) at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Both teams are looking forward to putting last week’s matchups behind them.
Facing another mobile quarterback in Colin Kaepernick, Defensive Coordinator John Pagano mentioned tackling and pressuring the quarterback are top priorities of the Chargers’ defense this week. The 49ers have scored three points in their last two preseason games combined, but have not played many of their starters. While the preseason isn’t necessarily indicative of the regular season, the 49ers much like the Chargers will use today’s game to establish some sort of offensive rhythm. Look for Kaepernick to target wide receiver Michael Crabtree and tight end Vernon Davis since both were held catchless in last week’s game against the Broncos.
On offense, Philip Rivers looks to get things rolling against a potent 49ers defense. Look for Keenan Allen to build off last week’s game when he got into the end zone as the Cal product returns to northern California.
Kickoff is set for 1:00p.m. PT. and the game is broadcast nationally on FOX.