Antonio Gates left the game in the first quarter with a sprained ankle.
Carlos Polk dislocated a shoulder in the second quarter playing special teams.
They combated it by faking a field goal. Mike Scifres took the snap from center and did a blind toss of the football over his head to Nate Kaeding who scooted into the end zone with a finger raised proclaiming him to be number one.
"We got down there twice and I got tired of kicking field goals, so we ran a fake,'' coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "We need to improve ourselves in that area."
"I was very disappointed," Arizona coach Dennis Green said. "I think they're playing much better than we are on special teams."
The other safety was credited to Dave Ball who was held as he turned the corner and got positioning to sack the quarterback but was held. A holding penalty in the end zone is an automatic safety.
The last Chargers safety – against Arizona in September of 2002. Carlos Polk blocked a punt in the end zone.
"I got a lot better," Phillips said of his day-to-day progress. "I do a fairly good job coming up, like in nickel situations they have me in a three point stance so I do a fairly good job in that aspect of pass rushing so I have been training myself to go out in this two point stance and get there, get there."
Dave Ball also had a sack and a forced fumble. Jonathan Cox returned the fumble Ball induced for a touchdown. The last time the Chargers accomplished that was in 2002 when Donnie Edwards returned a ball 82 yard on November 10 against St. Louis.
Brees looked confident out there. He had time to throw and showed some zip previously unseen on his passes. He even took some shots in the downfield area.
"I think Brees, right now, is playing really good football," injured receiver Tim Dwight said.
Cleo Lemon was 8-for-12 for 86 yards.
Joe Germaine threw an interception on his first pass of the preseason. Germaine was trying to hit Luke Powell but underthrew him. Powell tried to swipe the ball away, and did from one defender, but another swooped in to pick the ball off.