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Chargers 21 – Packers 13

By Ernie Padaon

Aug 9, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (center) looks to throw to tight end Antonio Gates (left foreground) as he is defended by Green Bay Packers defensive back Morgan Burnett (right foreground) during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. The play resulted in a touchdown as Gates caught the pass in the end zone. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Chargers picked up that ‘W’ in preseason game number one.

On offense, Philip Rivers hooked up with Antonio Gates for the first score in the game. That is a good sign for things to come this season. We need Gates to stay healthy. Philip also threw an interception while trying to connect with Robert Meachem. Ryan Mathews left the game early after only taking one handoff with a shoulder injury. He broke his clavicle on the play and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. Vincent Brown made a nice grab from Jarrett Lee and turned it into a score as well. The offense was a little shaky with the turnovers to start the game, but some of that can be expected in the first preseason game.

Everyone wanted to see how the defense was going to look with the new defensive coordinator and with rookie Melvin Ingram brought onto the scene. Ingram was a force on defense, hitting Aaron Rodgers and forcing him to throw an interception. He commanded double teams and made things happen. Kendall Reyes also made an impact when he was in the game. The defense put pressure on the Packers quarterbacks and forced the action.

What were your thoughts on the guys tonight?