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Rookies Lead the Way in Pre-Season Finale

Chargers End preseason with a win
The Chargers finished the pre-season 3-1 by beating the San Francisco 49ers 16-13.

The injury report tells the story pretty well.
LB Manny Lawson- Concussion
LB Parys Haralson- Broken Nose
LB Brandon Moore- Cut Lip
G David Baas- Shoulder Stinger
OL Adam Snyder- Ankle
DT Joe Cohen- Sprained Knee
LB Jay Moore- Ankle

C Cory Withrow- Sprained Toe

The Chargers didn’t look very sharp on offense, especially in the red zone, but the defense came up big causing 6 turnovers, 4 interceptions and 2 fumbles. The San Diego rookies played great, rookie S Eric Weddle had two picks while rookie CB Paul Oliver had one interception and one sack. Rookie LB Anthony Waters had a team high 8 tackles, Weddle recorded 6 tackles and Rookie LB Brandon Siler had 4.

S Clinton Hart intercepted an Alex Smith pass in the first quarter that led to a Nate Kaeding 29-yard field goal. Kaeding hit a 22-yard field goal following a 49er fumble early in the 2nd quarter. Later In the 2nd quarter, QB Charllie Whitehurst threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to rookie WR Craig “Buster” Davis. Davis finished with 2 receptions for 48 yards and 1 TD. Kaeding hit a 29 yard field with 10:29 left in the game to put the Chargers ahead 16-6. San Francisco scored on a Shaun Hill 21-yard TD pass with 6:27 left in the game. That was the final score in the contest as the Chargers went on ton win 16-13.

QB Philip Rivers TE Antonio Gates and obviously LaDainian Tomlinson did not play a down. RB Michael Turner also did not play because of a sore foot, he will be ready to play against the Bears in the season opener though.

San Francisco TE Vernon Davis caught a 13-yard pass for a first down in the 1st quarter. Following the play, Davis imitated Shawne Merriman’s “Lights Out” celebration. The crowd responded with resounding boos following the celebration. Davis, a former teammate of Merriman at Maryland, is known for running his mouth and celebrating excessively and without class.

Former Helix High School star Alex Smith did not fair too well in his return to Qualcomm stadium. The San Francisco starting QB completed 3 of 8 passes for 23 yards with an interception and a fumble lost.

Now that the pre-season is finally over the Chargers have no focused their attention on their next opponent, the defending NFC champion Chicago Bears. San Diego’s road to the Super Bowl starts next Sunday, September 9th at 1:15 PT.

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