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San Diego Chargers Lose 20-17 to San Francisco 49ers in Final Preseason Game

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Running back Ryan Mathews #24 of the San Diego Chargers busted out for the game's biggest play. A 56 yard touchdown run. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Running back Ryan Mathews #24 of the San Diego Chargers busted out for the game's biggest play. A 56 yard touchdown run. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The Chargers again got off to another slow start in a preseason game. This time it was against the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers played most of their defensive first teamers to start the game, but they were not sharp. The 49ers easily moved down the field and went up 7-0. Much of the offensive first team was out besides Ryan Mathews and the offensive line. That offense gave up a turnover in their own territory, which led to a 14-0 deficit once the San Francisco offense had their way again.

With many starting players now out of the game, the Chargers showed a little life. Ryan Mathews had a 56 yard touchdown run that got the Chargers on the board. The defense got 2 interceptions as Gilchrist picked off one in the end zone and tipped another to teammate Dante Hughes. 1st round draft pick Corey Liuget picked up a coverage sack, which was their only sack of the game.

Those defensive efforts didn't keep didn't keep the 49ers off the board though as they tacked on two field goals to Kaedings one. That made it a two score game at 20-10 late in the 4th quarter. Scott Tolzien rallied the troops with a drive that culminated in a TD pass to Seyi Ajirotutu and number of passes to Laurent Robinson who finish with a game high 120 yards. Tolzien finished 16 for 23 with 226 yards, 1 TD and 1 int. After that, the onside kick failed and the Chargers fell to 2-2 on the preseason.

However, that's a wrap on the preseason and slates are wiped cleaned. All that's left is some trimming of the roster and some game planning for the Vikings at Qualcomm on September 11.