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article imageNFL: Seahawks edge out Chargers with 24 – 17 victory

By Austin Tyler     Aug 12, 2011 in Sports
San Diego - The Seashawks took a lot of slack for cutting ties with long-time quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, but that seemed to be fine today after a close victory over the chargers. Tavaris Jackson did not look his best, but the back-ups saved the day.
The Seattle Seahawks visited the San Diego Chargers for pre-season exhibition on this opening night of pre-season football. Some teams have some new faces, but no one has made a big splash between these two teams then Seahawks who look to be almost done with their rebuilding years. The Chargers have some new faces also but the biggest addition for them is keeping Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson back on their roster.
Seattle opened the game with the ball as they looked to get their new quarterback Tavaris Jackson (3/5, 13 yards) familiar with the offense early. The Seahawks only moved the ball 29-yards on 9 plays before they were forced to punt. San Diego got the ball and Philip Rivers (5/6, 87 yards, 1 TD) wasted no time as the Chargers moved down the field to score the game’s first touchdown. Rivers took the Chargers down the field for 89 yards in 10 plays. He hit Mike Tolbert (2 carries, -3 yards 1 TD) on a swing pass to give them a 7-0 lead.
The Seahawks did not move the ball much as they hand to punt the ball away again. The Chargers brought in Billy Volek (6/10, 39 yards) at quarterback but they struggled to score. The teams traded punts until Volek led the Chargers on a 38-yard drive for a field-goal. Nate Kaeding made a 32-yard field-goal to give the San Diego a 10-0 lead. The Seahawks had a chance to get a score of their own, but ended up punting with .44 second left in the half. Volek made a short pass just to run the clock out as he completed it to Jordan Todman (6 carries, 30 yards).
The Chargers got the ball to start the second half, but went three an out and had to punt it away. Charlie Whitehurst (14/20, 115) came in for the Seahawks at quarterback and led them on a 62-yard drive that was capped off with a Leon Washington (8 carries, 23 yards, 1 TD) 1-yard run for a touchdown. The Chargers was up 10-7, and had the ball back with a chance to score again. They went three behind new quarterback Scott Tolzein (5/12, 64 yards).
Seattle got the ball back and Whitehurst led them down the field again, but this time it was a Brandon Coutu field-goal that put them on the board. Coutu’s field-goal tied the game up at 10-points apiece. On the ensuing kickoff Bryan Walters returned a kick 103 yards for a touchdown to give the Chargers a 17-10 lead.
After that the game slowed down until Josh Portis (5/9, 69 yards, 1 TD) led the Seahawks down the field for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks covered 84-yards in 10 plays to tie the game up at 17-points apiece on a Portis six-yard pass to Anthony McCoy.
The game changed when the Chargers had the ball and Pierre Allen forced Tolzein to fumble when he sacked him. The Seahawks wasted no time as Thomas Clayton (16 carries, 62 yards, 1 TD) ran the ball in from 25-yards out to give them a 24-17 lead. That was the game breaker as the Chargers could not score again before the game was over.
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