The San Diego Chargers overcame a 10 point deficit and rallied past the Minnesota Vikings 24-17 in their home opener on Sunday. San Diego, who trailed Minnesota 17-7 at halftime, scored seventeen unanswered points in the second half to complete the comeback. Mike Tolbert scored three touchdowns and Philip Rivers threw for 355 yards to lead San Diego to the victory.
The San Diego Chargers were looking to get off to a fast start in their opening game against the Minnesota Vikings, but it was Minnesota who got the scoring going. Percy Harvin took Nate Kaeding’s opening kick-off back 103 yards to stun the Chargers and take the lead 7-0, not exactly the way the Chargers had planned the game to start. The Chargers were able to answer quickly, when Rivers found MikeTolbert open for a 1 yard touchdown and just like that the score was tied 7-7 in the first quarter and that is how the first quarter ended. It looks like Donovan McNabb could be a good fit for Minnesota; he looks very nimble and would appear to be a very confident quarterback in the first quarter.
The Vikings were the only team to score in the second quarter. They went on a 14 play, 72 yard drive before having to settle for a Ryan Longwell 33 yard field goal to take a 10-7 advantage. The Vikings closed the scoring out in the first half when McNabb spotted Michael Jenkins for a 3 yard touchdown with just less than three minutes to play in the second quarter to give Minnesota the lead 17-7 at the half. I’m sure at this point most Chargers fans had a sick feeling in their stomach; they have seen this movie to many times.
San Diego knew they had to score next or once again they could risk starting another season with a loss and score first in the second half is exactly what the Chargers were able to do. San Diego went on a 7 play, 69 yard scoring drive to start the third quarter as Mike Tolbert powered his way across the Minnesota goal line and San Diego narrowed the Minnesota lead to 17-14. There was no more scoring in the third quarter, but it was clear that San Diego had the momentum heading into the fourth quarter.
San Diego tied the score at 17 early in the fourth quarter when Mike Scifres kicking for the injured Nate Kaeding kicked a 4o yard field goal. San Diego took the lead for good halfway through the fourth quarter. Philip Rivers scrambling to his left once again found Mike Tolbert and he rambled 19 yards for his third touchdown of the game and gave San Diego a 24-17 advantage and they went on to win the game by that same score. All’s well that ends well. The game didn’t start that good for San Diego, but they regained their composure and dominated the second half to start the season off with an all important win. Chargers fans maybe this year is really going to be different, one can only hope.
Mike Tolbert left late in the fourth quarter with a leg injury…San Diego Chargers defense did not allow Minnesota to score in the second half.
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Written by Kevin Kelly