San Diego’s First Team Sharp; Backups Not in Loss to Seahawks 24-17

The Good: For the most part, it was a solid debut for the Bolts, who got a good outing from QB Philip Rivers, who went 5 for 6 while leading an 89-yard scoring in his only series. Bryan Walters brought the crowd to its feet with a 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown late in the third quarter. Running back Mike Tolbert caught an 8-yard scoring pass to cap the opening drive. Rivers was nearly flawless in his first game after starting last season’s Pro Bowl, connecting on an exceptional 48-yard pass to Vincent Jackson. The defense yielded just 85 yards in the first half to the Hawks.

The Bad: The guys that are looking to make the team allowed two late TD’s that eventually turned a 17-10 Bolts lead into the 24-17 loss. The Chargers committed 10 penalties, which is usual for a first preseason game, but needs to be worked on. Former Chargers backup Charlie Whitehurst now Hawks QB led the Seahawks to their first 10 points on the opening drives of the second half. Whitehurst went 14 for 20 for 115 yards. The backups allowed Seattle RB Thomas Clayton to go for a tiebreaking 25-yard touchdown to win the game late. Backup rookie QB Scott Tolzien fumbled to set up the winning score, and then also had a chance to tie the game after a nice drive downfield, but missed on fourth down in the final minute.

Next: The Chargers play at Dallas against Tony Romo and the Cowboys on Sunday, August 21st at 8pm.

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