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Scouting Report: Chargers at 49ers

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Here is your complete breakdown of this week's match against the San Francisco 49ers.

The San Diego Chargers hit the road for the second consecutive week for their annual inner-state date with the San Francisco 49ers. The Bolts’ visit to the brand new Levi’s Stadium will be nationally broadcast on FOX on Sunday at 1:00pm PST.

A Look Back At Last Week

After an uplifting 27-7 win to open the preseason at home against the Dallas Cowboys, it was a disappointing first trip away from Qualcomm Stadium falling 41-14 to the Seattle Seahawks.  The defending Super Bowl champs scored five rushing touchdowns and didn’t punt all game.  Down 24-0 late in the second quarter, the Chargers scored two touchdowns to climb back within 13 at 27-14, but Seattle scored the game’s final 14 points for the victory. 

What to Watch For…

On Offense for the Chargers

Philip Rivers and company have stressed the need to be road warriors in order to be successful in 2014.  Last week’s game at CenturyLink Field was a good first test, and now the offense will get another shot against a hostile crowd when they face San Francisco. After getting a rest day, Ryan Mathews could get ample chances to carry the rock against a stout 49ers defense while Antonio Gates will look for his first reception in his second preseason game.

On Offense for the 49ers

San Francisco has the capability to torch defenses in a number of ways.  Led by dynamic quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, whose wheels complement those of Frank Gore, LaMichael James and rookie rusher Carlos Hyde, the 49ers possess a potent ground attack.  When they launch their aerial arsenal, tight end Vernon Davis and wide receivers Michael Crabtree, Stevie Johnson, Anquan Boldin and rookie Bruce Ellington are popular options.

On Defense for the Chargers

Defensive Coordinator John Pagano’s unit struggled to stop the run last week, particularly against mobile quarterbacks like Russell Wilson and Terrelle Pryor.  They’ll get a second crack at it when they face  Kaepernick and the 49ers’ stable of running backs.  A number of reserves will have a chance to shine while Manti Te’o, Sean Lissemore and Jahleel Addae will not suit up as they nurse injuries.

On Defense for the 49ers

The Niners boast a stingy defense led by veteran linebackers Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith, as well as well-regarded rookie Chris Borland.  Last year San Francisco ranked fifth in the league in total defense, surrendering just 316.9 yards per game, and third in points against (17.0).

Series History

This will be the 43rd preseason meeting between the Chargers and 49ers. San Francisco leads the series, 22-20. The Chargers and 49ers have also met 12 times in the regular season, each side winning six apiece. The Chargers have won three-straight regular-season meetings with the Niners and they’ll look to make that four when they play again on Dec. 20 at Levi’s Stadium.

By the Numbers

In 2013, the Chargers ranked fifth in total offense (393.3 yards per game), fourth in passing (270.5 ypg), 13th in rushing (122.8 ypg) and 12th in points (24.8). The 49ers ranked 24th in total offense (323.8 ypg), 30th in passing (186.2 ypg), third in rushing (137.6 ypg) and 11th in points (25.4).

Defensively, the Bolts ranked 23rd in total defense (366.5 ypg), 29th in passing (258.7 ypg), 12th in rushing (107.8 ypg) and 11th in points allowed (21.8). San Francisco ranked fifth in total defense (316.9 ypg), seventh in passing (221.0 ypg), fourth in rushing (95.9 ypg) and third in points allowed (17.0).

The Last Meeting

The Chargers improved to 8-6 with a 34-7 win over the 49ers in a special NFL Network Thursday Night game on Dec. 16, 2010 at Qualcomm Stadium. The Bolts shut out the 49ers for the first three quarters. They held San Francisco to 192 total net yards and allowed San Francisco just two third-down conversions. Philip Rivers posted a 150.5 passer rating in the game, the second-highest of his career. He completed 19 of 25 for 273 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. His touchdowns covered 58, 11 and 21 yards. During the game, Rivers went over 4,000 yards for the season for his team-record-tying third-consecutive 4,000-yard season. He also completed his 1,500th pass during the game.


Chargers owner Alex Spanos makes his home in the Northern California city of Stockton, Calif., approximately 70 miles from San Francisco. Chargers President-Chairman of the Board, Dean Spanos, was born in Stockton and attended the University of the Pacific.

Head Coach Mike McCoy was born in San Francisco and grew up in Novato.

Linebackers coach Joe Barry spent the 2000 season as a defensive quality control coach for the 49ers.

Running backs coach Ollie Wilson coached the same position at Cal-Berkeley from 1983-90.

Cornerback Lowell Rose spent time with the 49ers in 2013.

Tackle Kenny Wiggins was with the 49ers from 2011-13, including spending the entire 2012 season on their practice squad.

Outside linebacker Thomas Keiser and center Khalil Wilkes attended Stanford, while wide receiver Keenan Allen and cornerback Steve Williams attended Cal-Berkeley.

Cornerback Jason Verrett is from Fairfield, California, north of San Francisco. As a college freshman he attended Santa Rosa Junior College.

Linebacker Donald Butler is from Fair Oaks, Calif., while wide receivers Seyi Ajirotutu (El Dorado Hills) and Malcom Floyd (Sacramento) both hail from Northern California.

San Francisco Head Coach Jim Harbaugh played quarterback for the Bolts from 1999-00 and was the head coach at the University of San Diego from 2004-06.

Quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst was the Chargers’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 1999-00.

Offensive line coach Reggie Davis played tight end for the Chargers from 1999-00. Davis coached at San Diego State in 2004.

Assistant secondary coach Greg Jackson played safety for the Chargers from 1997-00.

Wide receivers coach John Morton coached at the University of San Diego in 2005.

Wide receiver and special teams player Kassim Osgood went to San Diego State and he played for the Chargers from 2003-09.

Safety C.J. Spillman played with the Chargers from 2009-10.

Linebacker Kion Wilson was with the Bolts in 2010.

Broadcast Information

FOX SPORTS (Fox 5 in San Diego and FOX 11 2 in Los Angeles and Orange County) – Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (analyst) and Erin Andrews (reporter)

Rock 105.3 FM, XTRA Sports 1360 (San Diego) and AM 570 KLAC (Los Angeles & Orange County) – Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Hank Bauer (analyst)

Spanish Radio –XHFG 107.3 (San Diego) and KWKW 1330 AM (Los Angeles) – Jorge Villanueva (play-by-play) and Dante Lazcano (analyst)

All Chargers radio broadcasts are now being streamed live on the team’s official website, www.chargers.com. XTRA Sports 1360 Broadcasts with Josh Lewin (play-by-play) and Hank Bauer (analyst) will begin two hours before kickoff and continue for 90 minutes of postgame coverage after the game ends.

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