Backup quarterback Billy Volek threw a 2-point
conversion pass to Malcom Floyd in the fourth quarter, giving the
San Diego Chargers an 18-17 preseason win over the Seattle Seahawks
on Monday night.
Volek's lob to Floyd followed a 1-yard touchdown run by rookie
Jacob Hester that pulled the Chargers to within 17-16 with 2:30
left in the game. The 6-foot-5 Floyd out-jumped Omare Lowe, a 6-1
cornerback, near the left sideline in the end zone for the go-ahead
Both teams played their starters for most of three quarters, and
will likely rest them in their final preseason games Friday.
Philip Rivers completed 11 of 21 passes for 143 yards, driving
the Chargers to the 1 yard line on their first possession before a
bad snap out of the shotgun formation by backup center Jeremy
Newberry was recovered by Seattle.
Two-time rushing champion LaDainian Tomlinson was again out of
the lineup for the Chargers, but Darren Sproles filled in with 102
yards on 13 carries, including a 1-yard TD run.
San Diego (2-1) overcame a fine performance by Seattle's Charlie
Frye, who threw two touchdown passes starting in place of Pro
Bowler Matt Hasselbeck. The Seahawks' third-stringer completed 19
of 30 passes for 219 yards with touchdown passes to Nate Burleson
and Jordan Kent.
Hasselbeck, who did not make the trip, also missed last week's
game against Chicago with a tight back. Seahawks coach Mike
Holmgren has indicated that Hasselbeck will probably not play until
Seattle's season-opener at Buffalo on Sept. 7.
Frye hit Kent for a 12-yard TD nearly 4 minutes into the fourth
quarter to give Seattle a 17-10 lead. Frye hurt his knee on the
drive, though, and did not return.
The Seahawks (2-1) scored on the game's third play when Frye hit
Burleson in stride just past midfield. Burleson bounced off an
attempted tackle by safety Eric Weddle at the 40 yard line and went
in for the touchdown.
Frye led the Seahawks on a 15-play drive on their next
possession, but Olindo Mare missed a 50-yard field goal.
San Diego scored the tying touchdown in the second quarter on
Sproles' 1-yard run, with a 59-yard completion from Rivers to
Vincent Jackson setting up the score.
Nate Kaeding hit a 40-yard field goal to give San Diego a 10-7
halftime lead. Mare countered with a 24-yard field goal late in the
third quarter to tie the game at 10-all.
Chargers Pro Bowl linebacker Shawne Merriman missed the game
because of two torn ligaments in his left knee. Merriman, who also
missed the previous preseason game, is considering whether to have
surgery or attempt to play with the injuries.
Notes: Tomlinson has yet to see action in any of the Chargers'
three preseason games. He rarely plays in the preseason with just
14 career carries. ... Seattle LB Lofa Tatupu (knee) and San Diego
LB Jyles Tucker (right ankle sprain) did not return after their
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