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Chargers Top 49ers in Preseason Finale


The Chargers were winners in their preseason finale by the score of 23-12.

Here is a recap of Friday night's game:

First Quarter

The Chargers started on defense after the 49ers won the toss and elected to receive. The 49ers offensive starters drove down the field and reached the red zone but the Bolts reserve defense came away with a clutch takeaway. Carlo Kemp forced a fumble at the goal line that was recovered in the end zone by Nick Niemann.

The Bolts offense took over at the 20-yard line but went three-and-out after getting sacked on third down. The 49ers top offense remained on the field and put together a touchdown drive that ended with a 5-yard score from Brock Purdy. But the Bolts offense struck right back as Joshua Kelley took it to the house with a 75-yard touchdown run. Dustin Hopkins' extra point gave the Bolts a 7-6 lead.

The Bolts defense then forced a three-and-out as the Chargers took over at their own 33. Easton Stick hit Quentin Johnston for an 8-yard gain to move the chains as the quarter ended.

Second Quarter

The Bolts offense crossed midfield but the drive stalled out. JK Scott then pinned the 49ers inside the 10-yard line with a punt that rolled down to the 8. The Chargers defense soon forced a punt as the offense put together a drive. Stick picked up a first down on the ground before the Bolts faced fourth-and-1 at the San Francisco 43-yard line. Zander Horvath picked up the first down with a 2-yard run. The Bolts got down into the red zone but had to settle for a 24-yard field goal from Cameron Dicker that gave the Chargers a 10-6 lead. The 49ers drove into Bolts territory and faced fourth-and-2 at the 33 but were called for offensive pass interference and punted it away. The Bolts took a knee before the half.

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Third Quarter

The Chargers started with the ball as Max Duggan took over under center but the unit went three-and-out to start the second half. San Francisco put together a 67-yard scoring drive that ended with a 6-yard touchdown pass. The 49ers ensuing 2-point play was no good as the Bolts trailed 12-10. The Chargers offense then put together a scoring drive of their own that ended with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Duggan to Hunter Kampmoyer. The Chargers ran the ball on the first 10 plays of the 11-play drive, gaining 75 total yards. An extra point from Hopkins gave the Chargers a 17-12 lead.

The Bolts defense then forced their second takeaway of the night when rookie linebacker Daiyan Henley corralled a tipped pass and tallied a 16-yard return that set the offense up in the red zone. Dicker soon added a 35-yard field goal to put the Chargers up 20-12.

Fourth Quarter

The Chargers neared midfield on their drive but were forced to punt it away. Scott shined again as his punt was fielded inside the 5-yard line before Keelan Doss tackled the returner at the 1-yard line. The Bolts defense forced a punt on the ensuing drive as the Bolts looked to add to their lead. Duggan and the run game helped do just that as the Chargers marched 66 yards on 13 plays before Hopkins kicked a 27-yard field goal. The Chargers ended the preseason with a 23-12 win.

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