Chargers miss opportunities in 16-13 loss

The Chargers took a safety rather than punt from inside their own end zone with just over three minutes to go in the game. It meant the Ravens would still have to score a touchdown to take the lead with San Diego up 13-9.

Baltimore would do just that. Steve McNair hit Todd Heap over the middle for a ten yard touchdown to put the Ravens up by three, 16-13.

The Chargers came out with seven straight rushes to open the second half. LaDainian Tomlinson busted off a 29-yard run on the Chargers first possession of the second half. It was followed by a 12-yard scamper from Michael Turner, with four yards coming as he dragged defenders down the field. But Nate Kaeding would miss from 40 yards out, his first miss of the year that kept the score 13-7. A botched snap on a field goal later in the contest would leave six points off the board.

The Bolts got the ball back with 30 seconds to go but could do nothing with it as the final hail mary pass never happened when Philip Rivers was sacked for the first time this season, coming on the last play of the third game.

A one-handed catch by Antonio Gates that turned into a corkscrew fight for a first down on third-and-13, paved the way for the Chargers opening drive touchdown. Rivers followed it up by hitting Malcom Floyd who beat his man on a double move for a 31-yard touchdown.

The NFL's Defensive Player of the Month Bart Scott picked off Rivers on the ensuing Chargers possession – his second career interception and Rivers first of the year – and returned it to the Chargers 22. It was parlayed into a touchdown when Steve McNair hit Daniel Wilcox in the flat from five yards out to tie the game at 7-7.

Nate Kaeding delivered from 34 yards out to put the Bolts up by three a minute into the second quarter. Rivers was 4-for-5 for 27 yards on the drive. Kaeding followed with a career-long 54-yard field goal to push the score to 13-7 with fewer than two minutes to go in the half.


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