Chargers
49ers
20 - 17 Final
  for this game

Chargers cut down 49ers

Aug 30, 2008 - 5:57 AM By Tom Kent PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- Charlie Whitehurst threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Eldra Buckley with 29 seconds left to give the San Diego Chargers a 20-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Friday in the preseason finale for both teams.

The winning drive was set up when Robert Ortiz fumbled a punt on the 49ers 17 with 1:51 left. Whitehurst, a former star at Clemson, led the eight-play drive that secured the win for the Chargers, who host the Carolina Panthers in their season opener on September 7.

Former overall first-round pick Alex Smith, who will begin the season as the backup to J.T. O'Sullivan, started the game and completed 12-of-17 passes for 146 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown strike to reserve tight end Billy Bajema midway through the final quarter that opened a 17-13 advantage for San Francisco, which opens the season at home on September 7 against Arizona.

Backup tight end Delanie Walker scored San Francisco's first touchdown, returning a kickoff 101 yards in the second quarter to forge a 10-10 tie.

The Chargers sat out most of their starters, including quarterback Philip Rivers and running back LaDainian Tomlinson.

Billy Volek started for San Diego and played one series, completing all six of his pass attempts for 55 yards, including a six-yard touchdown toss to fullback Mike Tolbert.

Tolbert caught three passes for 32 yards. An undrafted rookie out of Coastal Carolina, he has looked good in the preseason and is hoping to assume the starting fullback position previously held by Lorenzo Neal, who was let go by the Chargers in offseason.

San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman, who has decided to forego season-ending surgery in order to play this year, was inactive but did participate in warmups with the first-team defense.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SAN DIEGO 7 6 0 7 20
    SAN FRANCISCO 3 7 7 0 17 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SDG - TD, MIKE TOLBERT 6 YD PASS FROM BILLY
    VOLEK (NATE KAEDING KICK), 7:31.
    Drive: 12 plays, 79 yards in 7:31.
    SAN DIEGO 7-0
    SFO - FG, JOE NEDNEY 52 YD, 10:25. Drive: 5
    plays, 25 yards in 2

    Aug 30 12:57 AM


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    TD SDG
    ELDRA BUCKLEY 3 YD PASS FROM CHARLIE WHITEHURST
    (NATE KAEDING KICK)
    SAN DIEGO 20
    SAN FRANCISCO 17 0:29 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Chargers 20, 49ers 17  4th - 0:29Aug 30 12:51 AM
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    Chargers 20, 49ers 17  4th - 0:29Aug 30 12:51 AM
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    Chargers 13, 49ers 17  4th - 2:20Aug 30 12:41 AM
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    Chargers 13, 49ers 17  4th - 3:46Aug 30 12:36 AM


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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SAN DIEGO 7 6 0 13
    SAN FRANCISCO 3 7 7 17 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SDG - TD, MIKE TOLBERT 6 YD PASS FROM BILLY
    VOLEK (NATE KAEDING KICK), 7:31.
    Drive: 12 plays, 79 yards in 7:31.
    SAN DIEGO 7-0
    SFO - FG, JOE NEDNEY 52 YD, 10:25. Drive: 5
    plays, 25 yar

    Aug 30 12:05 AM


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    TD SFO
    BILLY BAJEMA 22 YD PASS FROM ALEX D. SMITH
    (RICKY SCHMITT KICK)
    SAN DIEGO 13
    SAN FRANCISCO 17 8:24 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Chargers 13, 49ers 17  3rd - 8:24Aug 29 11:45 PM
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    Chargers 13, 49ers 17  3rd - 8:24Aug 29 11:45 PM
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    Chargers 13, 49ers 10  3rd - 14:53Aug 29 11:37 PM


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    MISSED FG SDG
    NATE KAEDING 32 YD ATTEMPT WIDE LEFT
    SAN DIEGO 13
    SAN FRANCISCO 10 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Aug 29 11:24 PM


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    FG SDG
    NATE KAEDING 35 YD
    SAN DIEGO 13
    SAN FRANCISCO 10 1:06 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Chargers 13, 49ers 10  2nd - 1:06Aug 29 11:16 PM


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    TD SFO
    DELANIE WALKER 101 YD KICKOFF RETURN
    (JOE NEDNEY KICK)
    SAN DIEGO 10
    SAN FRANCISCO 10 5:42 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Chargers 10, 49ers 10  2nd - 5:42Aug 29 11:03 PM


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    FG SDG
    NATE KAEDING 49 YD
    SAN DIEGO 10
    SAN FRANCISCO 3 5:55 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Chargers 10, 49ers 3  2nd - 5:55Aug 29 11:01 PM


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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SAN DIEGO 7 7
    SAN FRANCISCO 3 3 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SDG - TD, MIKE TOLBERT 6 YD PASS FROM BILLY
    VOLEK (NATE KAEDING KICK), 7:31.
    Drive: 12 plays, 79 yards in 7:31.
    SAN DIEGO 7-0
    SFO - FG, JOE NEDNEY 52 YD, 10:25. Drive: 5
    plays, 25 yar

    Aug 29 10:37 PM


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    FG SFO
    JOE NEDNEY 52 YD
    SAN DIEGO 7
    SAN FRANCISCO 3 4:35 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Chargers 7, 49ers 3  1st - 4:35Aug 29 10:26 PM


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    TD SDG
    MIKE TOLBERT 6 YD PASS FROM BILLY VOLEK
    (NATE KAEDING KICK)
    SAN DIEGO 7
    SAN FRANCISCO 0 7:31 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Chargers 7, 49ers 0  1st - 7:31Aug 29 10:20 PM