The Chargers opened the season with a 24-17 win over the Vikings, overcoming a fourth-quarter deficit and scoring 17 unanswered points in the win. Philip Rivers passed for two touchdowns, including the game-winner to Mike Tolbert at 5:01 of the fourth quarter. San Diego’s defense dominated the Vikings, holding them to just 187 yards of total offense and just 26 in the second half. After the Vikings’ second touchdown of the game at 9:44 of the second quarter, they didn’t manage to cross the 50-yard line into Chargers territory for the rest of the game. The Chargers finished the game with 31 first downs to the Vikings’ 10, and possessed the ball for 37:17 to Minnesota’s 22:43.
Game Rewind: San Diego Chargers vs. Minnesota Vikings
Norv Turner earned his 100th career regular-season win against the Vikings and received a game ball from the team in the locker room afterward.
Mike Scifres earned a game ball after taking over for an injured Nate Kaeding and scored his first-career NFL points, including a game-tying 40-yard field goal with 10:05 remaining in the fourth quarter...it tied the game at 17-17...Scifres’ last made field goal in a live game (college or pro) was a 56-yard game-winner as time expired to give Western Illinois a 44-41 win over Northern Iowa in 2000 for a conference title...Scifres was also good on all three point-after attempts...Scifres also handled kickoffs and had two touchbacks...Kaeding suffered season-ending torn ligaments in his left knee on the game’s opening kickoff.
Antoine Cason had a game-high two passes defensed...both came on third down plays to force Minnesota punts...the last gave the ball to the Chargers for the go-ahead touchdown drive.
Philip Rivers’ 335 yards were his most ever in a season opener...it was his 21st career 300-yard game and the 13th time in his career that he led the Chargers back for a win when trailing in the fourth quarter.
Mike Tolbert scored a career-high three touchdowns, including a career-high two receiving touchdowns...Tolbert scored the game-winner for the Chargers on his second touchdown reception, a 19-yarder with 5:01 remaining in the fourth quarter...he became the third player in team history to have two touchdown catches and a rushing touchdown in the same game...his nine catches were a career high.
Antonio Gates caught eight passes to move into third place on the team’s all-time receptions list with 537...he passed LaDainian Tomlinson (530) for third place.
Shaun Phillips made a great play on Minnesota’s first offensive play of the game, tipping a Donovan McNabb pass in the air and intercepting it at the Vikings’ six...it was his fifth-career interception and led to a Chargers touchdown three plays later to tie the game at 7-7.
Ryan Mathews had a career-high 73 yards receiving, including a career-long 37-yard catch.
Antwan Barnes made two big plays in the second half...on the last play of the third quarter, his pressure on third-down helped force an incomplete pass and a punt...on the ensuing drive, Scifres kicked a 40-yard field goal to tie the game at 17-17...then late in the fourth quarter, Barnes’ 10-yard sack on third-down capped off a three-and-out and the Chargers offense ran out the clock on the ensuing possession to close out the win.
Takeo Spikes received a game ball for his first game with the Chargers after leading the team with 13 tackles.
Corey Liuget had a team-high two tackles for loss in his first-career NFL game.