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Chargers Fall to 49ers on Primetime


The Chargers are 5-4 after a hard-fought loss against the 49ers.

Here's a quick recap from the 22-16 loss:

First Quarter

The 49ers won the toss and elected to defer. The Bolts offense was up first and wasted no time in getting in a groove. Justin Herbert found Austin Ekeler and Gerald Everett to move the chains on third-down passes to get the Chargers into SF territory. Herbert then found DeAndre Carter all alone for a 32-yard score to give the Bolts an early 7-0 lead. It was the offense's second opening-drive touchdown of the season, and the first since Week 4 in Houston.

The Chargers defense then took the field against a 49ers offense that wanted to establish the run early. SF ran the ball on nine of its first 13 plays, but the Bolts stuffed a third-and-goal run from the 2-yard line. That led to a 20-yard field goal and a 7-3 Chargers lead. The Chargers offense then moved the ball past midfield but their drive stalled when Herbert and Joshua Palmer couldn't connect on third-and-3. SF took over at its own 17 after the punt from JK Scott. But SF's drive lasted just one play as Asante Samuel, Jr., recovered a fumble off wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk that was forced by Derwin James, Jr.. The Chargers faced third-and-7 at the SF 29-yard line at the end of the quarter.

Second Quarter

The Bolts couldn't convert that third-down try, but Cameron Dicker nailed a 47-yard field goal to give the Chargers a 10-3 lead. The 49ers then went three-and-out on offense as Samuel broke up a pass intended for Christian McCaffrey on third-and-5. But the Bolts couldn't take advantage as they also went three-and-out offensively. The 49ers also went three-and-out, and the Chargers were set up with great field position after a blocked punt from Nick Niemann. The Chargers moved into the red zone as Herbert hit Carter for 33 yards, but the drive ended only with a field goal. Dicker was good from 25 yards out to give the Bolts a 13-3 lead with 6:42 left in the second quarter. The 49ers then cut into the Bolts lead with a scoring drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown sneak from Jimmy Garoppolo.

Up 13-10, the Chargers looked for points before the half. The Bolts faced third-and-6 from the SF 40-yard line, and Herbert scrambled up the middle. He was short by a yard on the play but was hit in the head, resulting in an ejection for 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw. Chase Daniel entered the game but couldn't move the sticks, as Dicker hit a 40-yard field goal as time expired. The Chargers led 16-10 at the half.

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Third Quarter

The 49ers began with the ball and quickly moved into Chargers territory before Garoppolo converted on the ground on fourth-and-1 from the Chargers 30. Sf faced third-and-goal from the 8 but the Bolts forced an incomplete pass to force a field goal. Robbie Gould's 26-yard kick was good to cut the Chargers lead to 16-13.The Bolts moved past midfield on their ensuing drive but the possession stalled. Scott's punt rolled into the end zone, his first touchback of the season. But Khalil Mack recorded his seventh sack of the season to help thwart the ensuing SF drive and the 49ers were forced to punt it away.

The offense took over quickly moved the chains as Herbert gained two yards on a QB sneak on third-and-1. The Chargers then faced third-and-9 but Herbert's completion was short of the sticks and the Bolts were set to punt it away as the third quarter came to a close.

Fourth Quarter

The Chargers suffered another blow when Christian Covington left the game early in the fourth quarter, leaving an already undermanned defensive front even more thin. The 49ers converted on a third-and-10 to get inside the 5-yard line, and scored on the next play as the Bolts fell behind for the first time all night. The Chargers trailed 19-16 after the 49ers missed the ensuing extra point. But the Bolts went three-and-out on their ensuing drive after they couldn't convert on third-and-16. The defense held strong but forcing a 49ers punt, but SF downed it at the 1 as the Bolts took over at the 2-minute warning. The offense faced fourth-and-3 from the 8 but Herbert and Palmer couldn't connect as the Bolts turned it over on downs. The 49ers faced fourth-and-goal from the 1 and added to their lead with a 20-yard field goal. The offense took over at their own 23 but Herbert was intercepted on his first pass attempt. The Chargers are now 5-4 and play the Chiefs at home in Week 11.

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