Chargers beat Eagles on late field goal
Updated On: Sep 15 2013 03:58:26 PM CDT
Nick Novack kicked a 46-yard field goal with seven seconds left to play to give the San Diego Chargers a 33-30 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Eagles had tied the game on Alex Henery's 32-yard field goal with 1:51 left before San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers led the Chargers to Novack's game-winner, his fourth field goal of the game.
Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal scored his third touchdown of the game with 3:11 left to give San Diego a 30-27 lead before Henery tied it. Royal's third TD, on a 15-yard screen pass, came right after the Eagles had taken their first lead of the game on a 2-yard run by quarterback Michael Vick.
Rivers completed 36 of 47 passes for 419 yards and the three TD passes to Royal, as the Chargers (1-1) made up for last week's collapse against Houston, when they blew a 20-point lead in the second half.
The Chargers took a 10-3 lead early in the second quarter when Rivers connected with Royal on an 11-yard TD pass that capped a 93-yard, 11-play drive that gave San Diego a 10-3 lead. At that point in the game, Rivers was 9-for-9 passing.
The Chargers added another field goal before the Eagles offense finally got back on track. Philadelphia (1-1) moved 75 yards on just four plays, including a 41-yard pass to wide receiver DeSean Jackson. The Eagles cashed in when Vick rifled a 13-yard TD pass to a slanting Riley Cooper, which made it 13-10 with 6:41 in the second quarter.
The first half ended that way, although the Chargers coughed up two great scoring opportunities as they fumbled the ball away twice inside the Eagles' 5-yard line, once by tight end Antonio Gates and once by running back Ryan Mathews.
However, the Chargers were flawless after taking the kickoff to start the second half, driving 80 yards in 11 plays and scoring a TD when Rivers found a wide-open Royal for a 24-yard touchdown pass and a 20-10 lead.
But then the Eagles finally took advantage of an obvious mismatch. DeSean Jackson had gotten behind the Chargers defense three times for what could have been long TDs -- twice Vick overthrew him and once Jackson couldn't hold onto a catchable ball -- and the fourth time was a charm. Jackson beat Johnny Patrick down the right sideline and Vick hit him in stride for a 61-yard TD that tied the game 20-20.
NOTES: Chargers WR Malcolm Floyd was taken off the field on a stretcher after he was hit by LB DeMeco Ryans as he tried to catch a pass over the middle on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. It was announced that he had a neck injury and he did not return. ... Eagles WR DeSean Jackson had his fifth career 150-yard receiving game, tying the team record held by Hall of Famer Tommy McDonald. ... CB Bradley Fletcher was deactivated because of a concussion he suffered last week vs. Washington. Second-year man Brandon Boykin started in his place. ... Chargers rookie MLB Manti Te'o, their first-round pick from Notre Dame, was deactivated for the second straight game with a foot injury. He was replaced again by Bront Bird, who had a team-high 12 tackles last week vs. Houston.
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