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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: August 16, 2013

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Chargers Come Close but Fall to Bears - Ricky Henne
The Chargers defense came ready to play right from the get go, registering two sacks on the first three plays of the game by Jarrett Johnson and Corey Liuget. After the offense punted, Jay Cutler hit Brandon Marshall for a five-yard touchdown, set up by a 58–yard run by Matt Forte. A tough-luck interception by Chris Conte set the Bears up at San Diego’s 34-yard line, but on Chicago’s first play, Donald Butler intercepted Cutler at the six.

Instant Analysis: Bears 33, Chargers 28 - Tom Krasovic (paywall)
The Chargers still have a problem protecting Philip Rivers. The team's No. 1 flaw of 2012 reared its ugly head Thursday night when the Bears sacked Rivers twice in the first quarter at Soldier Field. The Bears sacked Rivers again in the second quarter.

Chargers face familiar problems in loss - Tom Krasovic (paywall)
Chargers starters failed to score and the Bears held off a second-half rally to win at Soldier Field, 33-28, Thursday night in San Diego's second exhibition game.

Offense not clicking, Bears beat Chargers 33-28 - Andrew Seligman
Jay Cutler looked shaky again and the defense made up for it, harassing Philip Rivers early on and setting the tone for the Bears in a 33-28 victory over the San Diego Chargers in a preseason game on Thursday night.

Quick Recap: Quick Recap: Bears defeat Chargers 33-28 at Soldier Field - Dane Noble
Special teams and defense showed up in full force under the guidance of new DC Mel Tucker and ST coach Joe DeCamillis, causing turnovers in the Chargers most critical moments.

Chargers vs. Bears final score: Chicago capitalizes on San Diego gaffes, 33-28 - Louis Bien
While the Chargers struggled under center and on special teams, the running game was a bright spot. Behind a retooled offensive line, Ryan Mathews led the Chargers with 45 yards rushing on nine carries. Edwin Baker gained 36 yards on five carries, and Fozzy Whitaker scored the team's only rushing touchdown on a 3-yard plunge near the end of the first half.