The Chargers notched their first preseason victory on the strength of a fourth quarter shut out and won 24-7. Led by Johnson's tip and 2.5 sacks by linebacker
The first victory for Mike McCoy as Chargers' coach came after a few kneel downs in the victory formation. Arizona exhausted its timeouts and watched as Nate Enderle drained the clock.
The two teams traded punts all quarter. But with the lead, the Chargers could afford to watch the seconds pass by.
The rookie returner sparked a strong quarter of special teams play with his 44-yard bring back. The Chargers offense followed suit, executing a two-minute drill and widening their lead to 14-0 as the first half ended.
The Chargers’ second score came on a wacky turn of events. Rivers drove the offense and set the team up for a late touchdown when he handed to
The Bolts kept their opponents off the scoreboard with more stellar special teams play. The Chargers defense held firm and forced a field goal deep in their own territory, and rookie defensive lineman
The last time that happened in the regular season? Adrian Dingle blocked a Jets field goal on November 3, 2002.
Allen's big punt return could've provided a similar spark. But a tipped pass by
They didn't, though, thanks to a big effort by Geathers and a much-improved week for special teams coach Kevin Spencer's unit.
Philip Rivers took command of the tempo, the offense marched 92 yards, and the Chargers lead the Cardinals 7-0 after one quarter.
Ryan Mathews' leaping one-yard score was the exclamation point on a drive that spanned nearly seven minutes. Rivers was in full control of his huddle - or lack thereof - from the beginning. The veteran passer sped up the Chargers offense with a no-huddle approach and appeared to freely audibled at the line of scrimmage to keep the Cardinals defense off balance.
Both plans worked on that opening drive. Ryan Mathews carried the ball five times for 35 yards on the drive, which culminated in his one-yard aerial score.
The defense did its part, too. After surrendering a highlight-reel, one-handed catch to Larry Fitzgerald and a big run to Rashard Mendenhall, the first-stringers settled down.
Not to be outdone, the Bolts special teams also made an impact as
The Chargers starting defense is on the field as the second quarter commences.
The San Diego Chargers team will search for its first preseason win in the desert tonight.
The Chargers (0-2) take on the Arizona Cardinals (2-0) at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. It's the second straight road test for head coach Mike McCoy's team after a comeback attempt fell short against the Bears in Chicago last week.
New Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt returns to face the team he coached to its first-ever Super Bowl berth in 2009. His successor is new Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, who was hired in Arizona after earning Coach of the Year honors as an interim head coach with the Indianapolis Colts last season.
The Arians era will begin with a former Oakland Raider at quarterback. Carson Palmer takes over to try and provide stability to a position that fielded four different signal-callers in 2012. Palmer will look to further develop his rapport with all-everything receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Arians will continue to evaluate his offensive line, which fields four new starters this season.
Whisenhunt and McCoy hope the Chargers offense cut down on the mistakes in tonight's dress rehearsal. Two turnovers interrupted Philip Rivers and the first-string offense last week. Rivers will look to re-establish an offensive rhythm against the Cardinals with a running game spearheaded by Ryan Mathews, an ever-improving offensive line featuring rookie standout
Defensive coordinator John Pagano's unit will look to duplicate the same hot start they had against the Bears. Minus one big run by Matt Forte, the team played a solid game on the defensive side of the ball.
Kickoff is set for 7:00pm. Be sure to stay tuned to Chargers.com throughout the game.