The Los Angeles Chargers defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-21 on Thursday night.
With the win, the Chargers finish the preseason at 2-2 and will now set their sights on the regular season. Of course, there’s the matter of trimming the roster down first.
The Chargers didn’t do much with the ball in this game and only had 54 yards passing. But forcing two fumbles helped the team get the win.
After leading the game 20-7 late in the third quarter, the Chargers gave up two rushing touchdowns, including one which gave the Niners a one-point lead with just under three minutes remaining in the game. But on the ensuing kickoff, Detrez Newsome gained 63 yards on the return, setting the Chargers up in prime position to win the game.
After a few run plays to salt away the clock, Roberto Aguayo came on and booted a 26-yard field goal as time expired. It was his second successful field goal on the night. His competition, Caleb Sturgis, also kicked a field goal and each kicker made their extra point attempts.
But one has to wonder if Aguayo not only won the game, but also the kicking job, with that last-second successful try.
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Here were the stat lines from some of the other players on the roster bubble:
Cardale Jones: 3-of-6 passing, 21 yards, one touchdown
Justin Jackson: 7 carries, 18 yards
Tight ends: 1 catch (Je’Ron Hamm), 6 yards
Other than the kicking battle, which ended up being nearly dead even, it was a fairly uneventful night for the Chargers. Terrell Watson ran for a touchdown and Andre Patton caught Jones’ touchdown pass, but neither of those players is expected to make the final roster.
And speaking of the final roster, it will be decided upon this weekend so stay tuned for updates in regards to which players made the team, and which players did not.