Bolts Report Week 2

Chargers 33, Eagles 30             

For the 2nd time in 2 weeks, the outcome of the Chargers’ game was determined by a kicker with only seconds remaining on the clock. But this time, the Chargers went home with the win, as Nick Novak made a 46-yard field goal with 11 seconds left in Philadelphia. The Chargers were leading 20-10 in the 3rd quarter and held on after the Eagles scored 10 quick points to tie the score. The score remained tied going in the 4th quarter before the Eagles took the lead on a Michael Vick 2-yard TD run with 7:06 left in the game.

The Chargers fumbled 3x in the game, with two recovered by the Eagles inside their 10-yard line. The first miscue was by Tight End Antonio Gates after a long pass play and the second was by Running Back Ryan Mathews.

San Diego was led by QB Philip Rivers. Rivers started the game 10 for 10 and finished 36 for 47 with 3 TDs for 419 yards. Chargers’  Wide Receiver Eddie Royal caught passes for his 3rd, 4th and 5th TDs of the season. San Diego‘s Mike Scifres didn’t punt for the first time until the 3rd quarter with 5:15 left.

Time of possession was a big factor in the win as SD had the ball for 40:17 versus only 19:43 for the Eagles. Rivers allowed the play clock to run down as far as possible before starting every play; the strategy paid off as Vick and the Philadelphia offense was kept off the field for most of the game.

The first week of the season San Diego (1-1) lost on a 41-yard Houston field goal as time ran out. This week the Chargers dominated much of the game, but it still came down to the final Eagles’ play before SD secured the victory. After QB Michael Vick threw an illegal forward pass as part of the “hook & ladder,” San Diego moved to 1-1 for the year.

The Chargers play the Tennessee Titans (1-1) on Sunday.

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 11:27 am

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Suzie Engel

Born in Massachusetts, but moved to San Diego when I was 5. Split alliance between the Red Sox and Padres and Patriots and Chargers. Favorite Boston players were Carl Yastrzemski and John Havlicek. My grandparents lived in Worcester, MA next door to Bob Cousy. Favorite Padres were Kevin Brown and Steve Finley. College boyfriend at Penn was the school radio announcer for football and basketball games so I was his statistician and researcher and got in free for all games. E-mail questions to Follow Suzie on twitter at @suzannebengel.
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