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Posted Dec 23, 2012

Fourth Quarter

After strong safety Corey Lynch intercepted a pass and returned it deep into Jets territory, Nick Novak converted a 28-yard field goal, his second of the day, to put the Chargers in front 27-14. The Chargers have scored the game’s last 20 points.

The Jets were able to cut the lead to 27-17 on a 40-yard field goal by Nick Folk.

The Chargers next drive stalled, but thanks to a defensive holding by the Jets, the drive was extended, as the Bolts looked to take time off the clock. After taking precious minutes off the game clock courtesy of running back Jackie Battle, the Chargers punted, giving quarterback Greg McElroy and the Jets offense the ball with just over six minutes left in the game.

New York immediately jumped into their no-huddle offense, hoping for a quick score to put them back in the game. As the Jets were getting into a rhythm, outside linebacker Shaun Phillips stripped McElroy and recovered the ball to give the Charger the ball back in Jets territory.

The Chargers eventually punted, but with the defense playing so well and little time on the clock, the Jets had little chance to make a comeback.

After three sacks on the drive, which gave San Diego 11 sacks on the day, the Chargers got the ball back on the Jets 17-yard line with less than two minutes left in the game.

Rivers kneeled the ball to seal the victory, as the Chargers left New York with a 27-17 win to improve to 6-9 on the season. The Chargers conclude their season next week at home against the Oakland Raiders.

Third Quarter

After winning the toss, but choosing to defer, the San Diego Chargers opened the second half with the ball.

The drive began well, as quarterback Philip Rivers hit wide receiver Eddie Royal for a first down. Later in the drive, Rivers connected with tight end Antonio Gates on third-and-six to put the Chargers in New York territory. Several plays later, Rivers hit wide receiver Danario Alexander in the end zone for a 37-yard touchdown to give the Chargers the 17-14 lead. Alexander was able to get behind former Charger Antonio Cromartie for his sixth touchdown of the season, all of which have come on the road.

The Chargers defense, which has played well all game, continued to keep quarterback Greg McElroy and the Jets offense off the field, forcing another punt.

Taking over on their own 17-yard line, the Chargers offense seemed to pick up where it left off the last drive. But on third-and-seven near midfield, Rivers was sacked and the Chargers were forced to punt.

Both defenses continued to dominate the third quarter. Facing third down, defensive end Corey Liuget sacked McElroy for the Chargers seventh sack of the game.

The Chargers got the ball back in Jets territory and were able to keep the drive alive when the Jets were called for a defensive hold on third down. The penalty gave the Chargers first-and-10 at the New York 40-yard line.

Later in the drive, Rivers connected with Gates for a 34-yard touchdown to make it 24-14 Chargers. The receiving touchdown was the 82nd of Gates’ career, which is most in team history, passing former wide receiver Lance Alworth. The catch also put Gates over the 500-yard plateau for the ninth consecutive season.

On the next Jets drive, strong safety Corey Lynch intercepted the Greg McElroy pass and returned it 31 yards deep into New York territory.

Second Quarter

On the final play of the first quarter, quarterback Philip Rivers connected with wide receiver Eddie Royal for 12 yards, which was San Diego’s first first-down of the game.

Later in the drive, Rivers hit wide receiver Danario Alexander for a 19-yard gain on fourth-and-two, which put the Chargers on the Jets 16-yard line. Consecutive holding penalties by Mike Harris and Tyronne Green gave the Chargers first-and-30 on the 36-yard line.

After not being able to make up the yardage, Nick Novak’s 46-yard field goal was negated by Chargers having too many men on the field. Pushed back five yards, Novak nailed the 51-yard attempt to cut the Chargers’ deficit to 14-10. The field goal tied a season-long for Novak and was two yards short of his career-long.

The Chargers continued to pressure quarterback Greg McElroy in his first NFL start. Rookie strong safety Brandon Taylor came up with the sack to force a New York punt on the Jets next possession.

Rivers finally looked to be getting into a rhythm, hitting Royal for a first down. But the drive stalled after Rivers overthrew tight end Antonio Gates on third down. Mike Scifres came out for the punt and pinned the Jets on their own 11-yard line.

Running back Shonn Greene continued to carry the Jets offense, as New York tried to extend their lead before halftime. San Diego outside linebacker Larry English recorded his first full sack of the season on the drive, while outside linebacker Shaun Phillips also brought down McElroy, which brought his sack total to 8.5 this season.

Rivers was 5-for-10 for 54 yards passing, while Royal led the Chargers with two receptions for 26 yards. San Diego totaled on 75 yards in the first half.

First Quarter

The San Diego Chargers won the toss, but chose to defer, giving the New York Jets and starting quarterback Greg McElroy the ball to begin the game.

The Jets gained negative yards on their first drive and were forced to punt. To make matters worse for New York, wide receiver Micheal Spurlock returned the punt 63 yards down the left sideline for the touchdown to give the Chargers the 7-0 lead before even sending the offense onto the field. It was the Chargers’ first punt return for a touchdown since Darren Sproles on Oct. 19, 2009.

On their next drive, New York used some trickery to move the ball, completing two 30 yard plays to move the ball into the red zone. After McElroy scrambled to the one-yard line to bring up first-and-goal, running back Shonn Greene punched it in from one yard out to tie the score at seven.

The San Diego offense was unable to get a first down on its first possession, going three-and-out and giving the ball back to the Jets.

A pass interference penalty by cornerback Quentin Jammer in the end zone put the ball on the one-yard line. Two plays later, Greene took the ball up the middle for his second one-yard touchdown of the quarter to make it 14-7.

For the second consecutive drive, the Chargers could not gain positive yards, forcing another three-and-out and a punt.

The Jets were forced to punt after going three-and-out on their next possession.

Pregame Report

The San Diego Chargers (5-9) prepare for their last road game of the season as they travel to East Rutherford, N.J. to take on the New York Jets (6-8) at MetLife Stadium.

The Jets, who are coming off a 14-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, were eliminated from postseason contention. Quarterback Mark Sanchez had five turnovers against the Titans, which led to him being benched for this week’s contest against the Chargers. Second-year quarterback Greg McElroy will get the nod despite only attempting seven passes in his NFL career. The Jets are led by running back Shonn Greene, who has 951 yards rushing and six touchdowns, and wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, who leads the team with 53 receptions and 739 receiving yards.

The Jets are 3-4 at home this season, while the Chargers own a 3-4 away record. New York ranks 28th in the NFL, scoring 18.2 points per game, while San Diego ranks 21st, scoring 21.4 points per game. New York’s strong suit is their pass defense, allowing only 191.1 yards per game, which is second in the league.  

For the Chargers, running back Ryan Mathews is out the remainder of the season with a broken left clavicle. As a result, Jackie Battle, Ronnie Brown and Curtis Brinkley will be asked to step in. Strong safety Brandon Taylor, defensive end Kendall Reyes and linebacker Melvin Ingram, all of whom are rookies, will get extended playing time this week as well. Meanwhile, right tackle Jeromey Clary, left guard Tyronne Green, linebacker Donald Butler and wide receiver Eddie Royal return from injury. Royal’s role is expected to increase after wide receiver Malcolm Floyd was placed on Injured Reserve with an ankle injury.

Inactives for the Bolts will be running back Edwin Baker, tackle Steve Schilling, linebacker Jonas Mouton, wide receiver Mike Willie, defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin, tight end Ladarius Green and linebacker Demorrio Williams.

Kickoff is scheduled for 10 a.m. and will be broadcasted on CBS. This is San Diego’s fifth 10 a.m. start this season.

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