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NFL: Chargers beat Cowboys 20-7 in pre-season game

By Austin Tyler     Aug 22, 2011 in Sports
Dallas - I know it is only pre-season, but just when the Cowboys look like they are going to hit a nice little stride, something happens. This time is was the Chargers ripping their defense and their offense struggling in this loss.
The Dallas Cowboys were at home when they took on the San Diego Chargers Sunday night in a Week 2 pre-season match-up. The Chargers took a tough loss last week when they hosted the Seattle Seahawks 24-17. The Cowboys on the other hand barely got by the Denver Broncos last week with a 24-23 victory.
The game started off slow as both teams went three and out on their respective opening drives. The Chargers was the team to strike first as they moved the ball 46-yards in 9 plays before Nate Kaeding kicked in a 25-yard field-goal. Kaeding’s field-goal gave the Chargers an early 3-0 lead.
With Tony Romo (8/12, 58 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int) at quarterback the Cowboys still had trouble moving the ball. The Cowboys moved the ball 38-yards before Romo had a pass intercepted by Eric Weddle. Philip Rivers (8/11, 92 yards, 1 TD) took advantage of the good field position as he moved the Chargers 56-yards to score the game’s first touchdown. Rivers hit Randy McMichael (3 receptions, 24 yards, 1 TD) for a 7 yard touchdown pass that made it a 10-0 game to begin the second quarter.
Romo and Dallas answered on the next drive as he moved the Cowboys 80-yards to score their touchdown. Felix Jones (7 carries, 56 yards) was a big part of the drive to get the down the field, but Romo capped off the drive with a touchdown pass. Romo hit his favorite target Jason Witten (3 receptions, 17 yards, 1 TD) for a 6-yard pitch and catch. The Cowboys were now down 10-7.
Billy Volek (8/12, 48 yards) took over for the Chargers and drove them down the field, but not without an issue. Volek had threw a pass intended for Richard Goodman (2 receptions, 11 yards), but was picked off by Gerald Sensabaugh. The play was reviewed and reversed by the officials and the Chargers were given back the ball.
Volek continued the 80-yard drive that led to another Charger touchdown. Ryan Matthews (7 carries, 35 yards, 1 TD) had helped on the ground with the drive and ran that ball in from 15-yards out. This play was reviewed as well, but held up as the Chargers took a 17-7 lead.
The Cowboys went three and out behind John Kitna (1/1, 2 yards) and they punted the ball away. The Chargers moved the getting a first-down, but Volek took a knee to end the half.
Stephen McGee (16/29, 157 yards) took over in the second half for the Cowboys. Dallas was moving the ball till McGee hit Lonyae Miller with a pass, but fumbled the ball. Miller lost the ball and had the Chargers recovered by C.J. Wallace. The Chargers took over and at one point of the drive scored a touchdown, but it was nullified due to a penalty. They had no success after that and were forced to punt the ball.
Dallas started a 7:49 dive that went from the third quarter to the fourth quarter, but could not score. They moved the ball 78-yards before McGee was sacked and stripped Corey Luiget. The Chargers had Andrew Gachkar recover the ball for them. Scott Tolzien (4/5, 12 yards) took over for the Chargers and moved them 39-yards before Kaeding kicked in a 53-yard field-goal. The score made it a 20-7 lead for the Chargers and that was how the game wrapped up.
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