San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) follows through after throwing a pass during warm-ups before a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
San Diego Chargers 21 - Green Bay Packers 13 - Ricky Henne
Midway through the first quarter, Rivers took the snap out of the shotgun position into a five-step drop. He watched as Gates, the team’s all-time leader in receptions, juked past three defenders to get open right at the goal line. The ball floated perfectly in the air into the waiting arms of Gates, who took a hard hit from safety Morgan Burnett but held on to the rock for the seven points.
Ryan Mathews breaks clavicle - Mike Florio
The Chargers also could try to sign an available veteran, like Cedric Benson. Or the Chargers can wait for the coming roster cuts. Or the Chargers can swing a trade with a team that believes it has more running backs than it needs. Or the Chargers can just pass the ball more.
Ryan Mathews of San Diego Chargers breaks clavicle - Gregg Rosenthal
Mathews took one carry in Thursday night's preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers, gained 5 yards -- and broke his clavicle. Chargers coach Norv Turner announced after the game that Mathews will have surgery on Friday. He's expected to miss four to six weeks.
Observation deck: Packers-Chargers - Bill Williamson
First-round pick Melvin Ingram played extensively. He looked fabulous. If San Diego wasn’t shaking with delight over the prospect of having Ingram before Thursday it should be now. Boy, is he explosive. He forced Aaron Rodgers into throwing an interception and he was all over the place.
Lee ready for tonight's heavy workload - Scott Bair
"I'm excited for the opportunity," Jarrett Lee said. "The goal is to go in there and stay poised. I know the game's going to be a lot faster, but staying calm should help me execute like I have in practice."
Rookies get top billing in preseason opener - Rob Terranova
"To me, it's great to look at the young guys that are going to play in their first NFL game; their first game with the Chargers," Turner said. "They get a chance to play in front of a full stadium, on national TV, and for a young guy trying to make this football team it doesn't get much more exciting than that.