Philip Rivers and Corey Liuget impressive in loss to the 49ers


San Diego, CA- The San Diego Chargers fell to the San Francisco 49ers this afternoon 21-7.

Of course as always in the pre-season the final score is not indicative of the game, as Philip Rivers, Corey Liuget and the rest of the Chargers starters dominated the 49ers in the first half.

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Corey Liuget looked like an All-Pro defensive tackle on the field today as he set the tone early, blasting 49ers running back Frank Gore for a two-yard loss to begin the game.

On the 49ers second drive, Liuget would get to Colin Kaepernick for a strip sack and Kendall Reyes would recover the ball to give Rivers and the offense the ball in the 49ers red zone. Unfortunalty the Chargers wouldn’t score, as on 4th-and-1 Mathews stopped behind the line to end the drive.

The Chargers would make up for it on their next drive, as Rivers would connect with Antonio Gates for a 10 yard touchdown to give the Chargers a 7-0 lead to end the first quarter.

Despite driving into the Chargers red zone to begin the 2nd quarter, the Chargers defense behind Liuget and Donald Butler would hold the 49ers to only a field goal to maintain a 7-3 lead.

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  • That would be it for the Chargers starters, as their backups would enter the game midway through the 2nd quarter.

    The Chargers backup defense would allow a five-yard touchdown by Blaine Gabbert to give the 49ers a 10-7 lead at the half.

    Kellen Clemens and Brad Sorensen were unable to move the ball on offense for the Chargers, as the 49ers outscored the Chargers 11-0 for the 21-7 win. Sorensen struggled mightily for the Chargers and with the teams needs at other positions this may have been his last game as a Charger.