Melvin Gordon got the offense rolling with an effective run off left tackle. Philip Rivers found second-year tight end Hunter Henry for a 17-yard gain. An ineffective run and an incomplete pass set up a 3rd & long, but Travis Benjamin converted it to keep the drive alive. Gordon continued his success by moving the sticks. Oliver then relieved him and had consecutive positive plays running and receiving. Gordon got the offense inside the 10, and Antonio Gates finished off the drive by hauling in a short pass from Rivers to score the first points of the game.
Josh Lambo delivered the ball back to the Seahawks with a touchback. Russell Wilson and co. moved the ball down the field quickly in part thanks to a 25-yard reception by Paul Richardson before they stalled outside the red zone. Walsh got them on the board by converting a 42-yard field goal attempt.
Kellen Clemens took over for Rivers, and the offense promptly went three-and-out including two incomplete passes. Trevone Boykin similarly relieved Wilson, and his offense repeated the three-and-out. Not to be outdone, Clemens threw a pick-six on his first attempt of the next drive.
Clemens was not done, however, and on the first play of the subsequent drive, he found Benjamin streaking downfield for a 74-yard touchdown. That’s a sight that Chargers fans could get used to after Benjamin’s disappointing first season in lightning bolts.
Boykin followed Clemens’ lead by being more effective as his day continued. He completed a short pass then scrambled for a 20+ yard gain on the next play. A holding penalty backed the offense up, but a deep ball allowed by cornerback Michael Davis got them out of that hole. Another deep pass to McEvoy got them inside the 10. Runs by Eddie Lacy set up 3rd & goal from the 1, but the third run by Lacy was stopped in the backfield by Caraun Reid and Ryan Carrethers. Seattle went for it on 4th & goal, and Kenny Lawler got open before the defense could react. That reception put them on top.
Clemens found Isaiah Burse for a solid gain on first down. Andre Williams tried to give it back on second, but Burse showed up again on third to move the sticks. A holding penalty and a 10-yard run set up a 3rd & 10 from the Chargers’ 36 and Clemens threw another pick. This time, it was off another deflected pass.
Damion Square just missed a sack, but Tenny Palepoi cleaned up the play by bringing the quarterback down. Darius Philon gave five yards back with a stupid neutral zone infraction as he lined up offside. Another dumb penalty by the defense (holding by the defensive line) kept the Seahawks offense moving forward. A false start by the offense helped the drive stall out before Walsh kicked a 28-yard field goal.
Things continued getting ugly as Clemens fumbled the snap to start the next drive. Seattle turned that turnover into a touchdown on the next play. Rayshawn Jenkins backed the offense up with an unnecessary roughness penalty on the kickoff. Clemens got the offense rolling with a 12-yard pass to Sean Culkin. Andre Williams promptly lost five yards on the next play. Clemens followed that up with an incomplete pass then he took a sack.
Boykin found Williams for a 28 yard gain that put the Seahawks inside the red zone. C.J. Prosise found moderate success running up the middle. Seattle’s depth seems to be superior to the Chargers’. Prosise then took a pass inside the 10. Finally, Boykin scrambled for six points.
Cardale Jones took over for Clemens with less than a minute left on the clock. He found Matt Weiser for 38 yards down the deep middle. He then scrambled for another five. As time expired in the first half, Lambo converted a 53-yard field goal attempt.
The second half picked up where the first half left off with Seattle converting long passing plays against the Chargers’ defense. Chris Carson picked up six yards on two carries, then Boykin completed another chunk play. He followed that with an even longer completion that was then reviewed. The play was upheld on review. Carson punched the ball in from the 1-yard line.
A short run by Andre Williams and an incomplete pass set up 3rd & 8. Cardale Jones found Jamaal Jones for 12 yards to get a new set of downs. Williams followed that with another unsuccessful rushing attempt. Jones then saw two more passes fall incomplete.
Boykin and the Seahawks offense returned the field and made it four plays before rookie cornerback Desmond King gave the ball back to the Chargers via his first interception as a professional.
The Chargers offense didn’t do much better losing 11 yards on three plays before punting the ball away. Seattle drove over 40 yards excluding a touchdown that was overturned on review. They eventually turned the ball over on downs at the 19-yard line.
Taking over inside their own 20, the Chargers drove to midfield before Drew Kaser was called upon to punt again.
A 51-yard catch and run by Madden moved the Seahawks inside the red zone. A good hustle play by King was for not as although he punched the ball loose near the end of the play it landed out of bounds. Alex Collins eventually punched the ball in from the one-yard line.
The Chargers’ fourth string quarterback, Mike Bercovici, took over and the offense went three-and-out once again.
The Seahawks then took the field with the intent of running the ball and running out the clock. Only the two-minute warning looked to slow them down until a sack ended their drive.
The final score was not pretty, but it was not anywhere near as troubling as the injury to Denzel Perryman.