The team just arrived at Qualcomm stadium and I’m just getting situated here in the pressbox. Stay tuned for quarterly summaries of the game as well as injury or stat notes. For more game information including broadcast schedules, visit our game info page. Kickoff’s set for 7pm PT.
The San Diego Chargers scored quickly. Just 1:56 into the game, Billy Volek found Kassim Osgood for a 39-yard touchdown against the coverage of Nate Clements. It was a 3rd and 10 play and the 49ers brought pressure, bringing down Volek as he released the ball. Osgood kept good focus and was able to get two feet in before stepping out of the front right corner of the endzone.
Chargers 7 – 49ers 0
The 49ers couldn’t answer on their first drive of the game. On 3rd and 4 inside Chargers territory, Shaun Hill was sacked by Shaun Phillips bringing up the Andy Lee punt. After a penalty to San Diego, the Chargers start their next drive from the 3-yard line.
The Chargers moved the ball out quickly, thanks to a 10-yard run by Michael Bennett. The 49ers had the Chargers in a 3rd and 6 situation, but Volek was able to find Bennet for a 21-yard gain. That would be the last first down for the Chargers as the 49ers forced them into a 3rd and long situation. Volek’s pass fell incomplete of Kris Wilson. The 49ers will start their next drive from the 12.
Nate Davis came in for the 49ers and found Josh Morgan in the flat for a quick first down. On 3rd and 4, the 49ers went with a draw to Glen Coffee who was brought down just shy of the sticks. Lee came on to punt and got great hang time on the 65-yard boot. Justin Roland made the tackle and the Chargers took over at their 20. The Chargers will run one play and the clock will wind down to the end of the quarter.
First quarter score: Chargers 7 – 49ers 0
The Chargers were able to convert on 3rd and 4 with a 9-yard gain from Volek to Floyd. Tarell Brown was called for a 38-yard pass interference penalty down the right side for tight coverage on Legedu Naanee. Great coverage by Jeff Ulbrich on 3rd and 3 from the 18, breaking up Volek’s pass. Kaeding come on for the 36-yard attempt and knocks it through the posts.
Chargers 10 – 49ers 0
The 49ers wuickly go three and out on their next drive thanks to a sack on 2nd down and a short completion to Spurlock on third down when they needed about 12. The Chargers will take over at their own 40.
The Chargers went for it on 4th and 1 from the 49-yard line and the 49ers were able to stop RB Gartrell Johnson for no gain. The officials came on to measure, but the 49ers will take over on downs.
Huge run by Kory Sheets on the first play of the drive, bouncing outside and shaking a defender with a stiff arm for a pickup of 25 down to the 16-yard line. The 49ers will back up after a personal foul. On 3rd and 24, Davis finds Robinson who is stopped for a short gain. Joe Nedney came on for a 53-yard field goal attempt, but pushes it wide right.
*** Injury update: Dominique Zeigler has a left ankle sprain and is doubtful.
Big play by Volek who finds Naanee leaping on the right sideline. That was negated due to a holding call on the Chargers. The 49ers defense will hold, but Kaeding tacks on a 47-yard field goal.
Chargers 13 – 49ers 0
Good pickup on 1st down as Davis finds Jason Hill for a 12-yard gain down the right sideline. Davis will moved the ball out to the 46, finding Micheal Spurlock on a crossing route. Another nice completion, this time to Maurice Price for a 33-yard gain. Davis showed great poise on the drive, hitting the open receivers and throwing it away when under pressure. On 3rd and 10, Davis gets the 49ers on the board, hitting Jason Hill inside on a post route in between the two deep safeties. It was a 7 play, 80 yard drive.
Chargers 13 – 49ers 7
The Chargers ran the ball and ran out the remaining time in the half.
Charlie Whitehurst will start the second game at QB for San Diego. Whitehurst moved the Chargers down to the 33-yard line but his 3rd down pass went off the hands of Johnson and fell incomplete. Kaeding continued his good night, connecting on his third field goal of the night. This one was a 51-yarder.
Chargers 16 – 49ers 7
On their first drive of the half, the 49ers went three and out. Davis tried to make a play with his legs on 3rd and long but was stopped four yards short, forcing the punt by Lee. The Chargers took over from their own 34.
On first down, Khalif Mitchell got in the backfield and knocked the ball out of Whitehurst’s hands. Jean-Francois came out of the pile with the ball, but it was ruled that SD maintained possession. On a deep ball for Osgood, CB Terrail Lambert was called for PI. Didn’t look like there was a lot of contact. Either way, SD will have the first down at the 12. On 3rd and goal from the 10, Whitehurst found Kestahn Moore short who nearly broke loose, but Roland was able to trip him up and hold SD to another Kaeding FG.
Chargers 19 – 49ers 7
Spurlock had a nice return on the kickoff, following some good block down the left side out to the 47-yard line. The 49ers were unable to advance the ball however and on 4th and 7, Lee had to punt.
On 3rd and 2,, the Chargers were able to convert as Whitehurst hit Billy Lasko over the middle. On the next third down, the Chargers are helped out again with a penalty on the 49ers secondary – illegal hands to the face.
Whitehurts was able to pick up the first down on a scramble up the middle as he was tripped up just past the marker. The Chargers continued to move the ball well through the air on the ground as they took the ball down to the 11. Tine of possession at this point is roughly 2 to 1 in favor of San Diego. The 49ers held strong though as Diyral Briggs came in with the sack and forced fumble which was recovered by Pannel Egboh. The 49ers will take over at the 12.
Davis’ first pass was nearly picked off, going off the hands of two defenders as the QB tried to hit Pascoe on a short post. the 49ers will go three and out and will have to punt. Great coverage by the 49ers punt cover team, as Diyral Briggs and a host of other swarmed the return man. An illegal block by SD will back them up 10 more yards.
I have to run down to the field now to get ready for post game, but you can get any remaining updates on Twitter.
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