Antonio Gates fumbles the ball after getting hit by C.J. Spillman in the first quarter of an NFL pre-season football game at Candlestick Park on August 30.
The best news about the Thursday night preseason game for Chargers fans it that it’s the last one.
Despite a loss of 35-3 at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers, it was the first preseason game no Charger had to be helped or carted off the field.
From the get-go the Niners dominated the game. Running back Anthony Dixon ran it in from one yard out that put San Francisco up 7-0.
It only went downhill from there for the Chargers.
Phillip Rivers started for the Bolts but his first drive ended with a fumble by tight end Antonio Gates.
After the 49ers scored another touchdown, Rivers gave it a second attempt. That drive ended with an interception by Darcel McBath and also ended Rivers’ participation in the game.
On the bright side, before the interception Rivers was 8-for-10.
By the half SF was up 21-0 and the Chargers appeared to have given up.
Kicker Nate Kaeding put a 27-yarder through the uprights in the fourth quarter but it was way too little, way too late and the Bolts lost 35-3.
On Friday the Chargers, along with the rest of the NFL, have to cut their roster down from 75 to 53 men.
After Thursday night’s performance in NorCal, I’m not sure many of the players will be able to sleep easily.