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Chargers-Cardinals final score: San Diego loses 18-17 heartbreaker in Arizona

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For the second consecutive year, the San Diego Chargers gave up a fourth quarter lead to lose a heartbreaker in the final game of Week 1. This time, the loss came at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals and QB Carson Palmer.

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Well, that was depressing. Once again, the San Diego Chargers offense and defense was not able to come through with a big play or a big stop at the end of the fourth quarter.

As far as my prediction that this game would be a shootout, it turned out to be more of a defensive battle. John Pagano's defense played very well for most of the game, and Jason Verrett and Jerry Attaochu looked like stars in the making.

It was Frank Recih's offense that only found a rhythm on two of the team's eleven offensive drives. They couldn't find a way to get Keenan Allen involved in the offense, and the offensive line struggled to get any sort of push in the running game. The offense ended up being not much more than Philip Rivers throwing 6-yard passes to an old and injured Antonio Gates.

Next week, the San Diego Chargers will welcome the Seattle Seahawks to Qualcomm Stadium for their home opener. There is a very good chance they lose that game, starting the season at 0-2 and with plenty of worry from the fanbase.

What did you think about the first Chargers regular-season game of the year?