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Gameday: Quarter-by-Quarter

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    First Quarter

    The Panthers outgained the Chargers in total yards, 150-67, but the score is 0-0. Carolina had a chance to score early but their second drive of the game stalled on downs at the Chargers’ one-yard line.

    Key Plays in the Quarter:
    On Carolina’s second drive of the game, cornerback Antoine Cason made a touchdown-saving tackle against Muhsin Muhammad at the one-yard line on third-and-goal. On fourth down, Jake Delhomme’s pass fell incomplete and the Chargers held the Panthers off the scoreboard. Fellow rookie, fullback Mike Tolbert, helped the Chargers get out from the shadow of their own goalpost with a 16-yard catch-and-run on a screen on the first play of the ensuing drive. Punter Mike Scifres landed both of his punts inside Carolina’s 20-yard line as the Panthers started drives at their own 12 and 16-yard lines.

    Second Quarter

    The Chargers score their first touchdown of the season on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Chris Chambers, but the Panthers kick three field goals to lead at the half, 9-7.

    Key Plays in the Quarter: On the play just before Rivers’ touchdown pass to Chambers, he connected with tight end Antonio Gates for a 16-yard gain on third-and-eight. Rivers appeared close to being across the line of scrimmage when he threw the pass to Gates and the Panthers challenged the play, but it was upheld by the replay officials and the Bolts scored on the very next play. Eric Weddle and Steve Gregory both broke up passes in the end zone to prevent Panther touchdowns on successive drives.

    Third Quarter

    The Chargers score on a 27-yard field goal to take the lead at 10-9 but at the end of the quarter, Gates is stripped of the football after making a third-down catch for first-down yardage and the Panthers’ Chris Gamble returns it 31 yards for a touchdown and a 16-10 lead.

    Key Plays in the Quarter: After the Chargers’ first drive of the half ended with a punt, Mike Scifres’ punt goes off the leg of return man Mark Jones. Malcom Floyd tries to recover the muffed punt at the two-yard line, but it rolls away from him and into the end zone where the Panthers are able to recover for a touchback. LaDainian Tomlinson has 38 of the Chargers’ 51 yards on their field goal drive, racking up 32 on the ground and six through the air. On the kickoff after Nate Kaeding’s field goal, rookie Jonathan Stewart fumbled the return and the Panthers had to start their drive at the 15-yard line. Two plays later, Shaun Phillips had a six-yard sack negated by an illegal contact penalty, but even after the first down, the Chargers defense buckled down and forced a Panthers punt. Gates’ fumble is returned for the TD on the ensuing possession. That’s Gates’ first lost fumble in his last 339 touches.

    Fourth Quarter

    The Chargers rally from a 19-10 deficit to take a 24-19 lead with 2:27 left in the fourth quarter. They drive 80 yards in six plays to score on a 24-yard TD pass from Rivers to Gates and after a turnover they score again on a five-yard pass from Rivers to Vincent Jackson to take the lead. But the Panthers put together an 11-play, 68-yard drive over the final 2:27 and score the game-winning touchdown on a 14-yard pass from Delhomme to tight end Dante Rosario with no time left on the clock.

    Key Plays in the Quarter: On the Gates touchdown drive, Rivers goes 5-of-5 for 74 yards and the TD pass. Two of his completions go to Jackson for 25 and 17 yards. On Carolina’s next drive, Cason strips D.J. Hackett, who had just made a third-down catch, and Shaun Phillips recovered for the Chargers at Carolina’s 28-yard line. Seven plays later, Rivers found Jackson for the go-ahead touchdown. During their game-winning drive, the Panthers converted a third-and-seven and scored the winning TD on fourth down.


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