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WEEK 9 - Chargers 31 Packers 28

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  1. SteamboatReb

    SteamboatReb Walk On

    Aug 20, 2011
    After being shut out last week, the Chargers found some offense and outlasted the Packers in a game marred by turnovers on both sides. Aaron Rodgers and Phillip Rivers, arguably two of the best quarterbacks in the league, threw four interceptions each. Ryan Mathews also put the ball on the ground once, and the fumble was scooped up and returned for a touchdown.

    The Packers intercepted a pass on the Charger's first offensive possession of the game but were unable to capitalize when Mason Crosby missed a FG. On the very next play, Ryan Mathews took a hard lick and put the ball on the ground. The fumble was scooped up and returned by the Packers for TD. Rivers was intercepted again on the Charger's third possession, and the Pack turned that turnover into 3 points. At the end of the first, the Pack led 10-0.

    The second quarter belonged to the Chargers and Ryan Mathews. Mixing the run and the pass, the Chargers mustered to TD scoring drives in the second quarter with Mathews scoring on runs of 4 and 10 yards. The Pack added a FG in the second, and at half the Chargers led 14-13.

    The Pack received the second half kickoff and proceeded to march down the field and score a TD in what was their most impressive drive of the game. The Pack consulted the 2 point conversion chart and decided to go for 2. Rodgers found Jennings on a slant to complete the conversion, and the Pack built a 7 point lead. The Chargers were subdued in the third quarter, managing only to score a FG. At teh end of the third, the Pack led 21-17.

    The Chargers took control of the game in the fourth quarter with Rivers sneaking the ball in for a TD on a third and goal. Less than two minutes later, the Chargers seemingly put the game out of reach when M. Gilchrist intercepted a pass and took it in for a TD to give the Chargers a 31-21 lead with only three and a half minutes remaining. The Chargers forced a Green Bay punt and had an opportunity to gain a couple of first downs and run out the clock. Not only were the Chargers unable to kill the clock, but Rivers threw his fourth pick of the day. Rodgers quickly converted the turnover into a TD when he found J. Kuhn open for a 12 yard TD pass with just 1 minute remaining. Armed with all of their timeouts, the Pack decided to kick the ball deep and play defense. After a stuffed rushing attempt and two incomplete passes, the Chargers punted the ball back to Rodgers and company with just under a minute remaining nursing a 3 point lead.

    However, the outcome of the was not in doubt for long as Gilchrist intercepted Rodgers yet again. The Chargers then got into the victory formation and ran the clock out to end their three game losing streak.

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