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Chargers’ 16-13 road victory over the Cincinnati Bengals by the numbers

Chargers rookie  Josh Kelley runs for a 5-yard touchdown against the Bengals.
Chargers rookie Josh Kelley runs for a 5-yard touchdown against the Bengals.
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Breaking down the big numbers behind the Chargers’ 16-13 season-opening victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

0-12-1

Since the 2003 season, and after Joe Burrow lost to the Chargers on Sunday, the record of quarterbacks selected first in the NFL draft in their first professional start.

2

Turnovers produced by the Chargers’ defense, a fumble forced by Denzel Perryman and recovered by Nick Virgil, and an interception by Melvin Ingram. The Chargers’ defense came up with an NFL-worst 14 turnovers last season.

12

Team-high tackles by Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward Jr., all unassisted. He also knocked down two passes. Joey Bosa, Jerry Tillery and Uchenna Nwosu had sacks for the Chargers.

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155

Rushing yards by the Chargers, including 84 in 19 carries by Austin Ekeler (4.4 average) and 60 in 12 carries by rookie Josh Kelley (5.0 average). Kelley, a UCLA product, also ran for a touchdown.

CHARGERS 0 6 0 10 — 16
Cincinnati 7 0 6 0 — 13

First Quarter

CINCINNATI — Burrow 23 run (Bullock kick), 2:24. Drive: 5 plays, 44 yards, 1:35. Key plays: Tillery 5-yard neutral zone infraction penalty on 3rd-and-7, Burrow 13 pass to A.Green on 3rd-and-2. Cincinnati 7, CHARGERS 0.

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Second Quarter

CHARGERS — Field goal Badgley 24, 7:10. Drive: 11 plays, 74 yards, 4:08. Key plays: Ekeler 13 run, Taylor 4 run on 3rd-and-3, Taylor 37 pass to M.Williams on 3rd-and-9, Ekeler 13 run.

Cincinnati 7, CHARGERS 3.

CHARGERS — Field goal Badgley 43, :00. Drive: 6 plays, 61 yards, 00:33. Key plays: Taylor 10 pass to M.Williams, Taylor 33 pass to Henry.

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Cincinnati 7, CHARGERS 6.

Third Quarter

CINCINNATI — Field goal Bullock 50, 9:12. Drive: 7 plays, 29 yards, 2:28. Key play: Mixon 14 run. Cincinnati 10, CHARGERS 6.

CINCINNATI — Field goal Bullock 43, 1:32. Drive: 11 plays, 43 yards, 6:08. Key plays: Burrow 11 pass to Boyd on 3rd-and-10, Burrow 1 run on 3rd-and-1, Burrow 14 pass to A.Green.

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Cincinnati 13, CHARGERS 6.

Fourth Quarter

CHARGERS — Kelley 5 run (Badgley kick), 12:23. Drive: 10 plays, 55 yards, 4:09. Key plays: Reed kick return to CHARGERS 45, Taylor 16 pass to Guyton on 3rd-and-4, Taylor 6 pass to Allen on 3rd-and-4.

CHARGERS 13, Cincinnati 13.

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CHARGERS — Field goal Badgley 22, 8:56. Drive: 8 plays, 21 yards, 3:18.

CHARGERS 16, Cincinnati 13.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

RUSHING: CHARGERS, Ekeler 19-84, Kelley 12-60, Taylor 6-7, Jackson 2-4. CINCINNATI, Mixon 19-69, Burrow 8-46, Bernard 1-7.

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PASSING: CHARGERS, Taylor 16-30-0-208. CINCINNATI, Burrow 23-36-1-193.

RECEIVING: CHARGERS, Henry 5-73, Williams 4-69, Allen 4-37, Guyton 1-16, Green 1-10, Ekeler 1-3. CINCINNATI, Green 5-51, Uzomah 4-45, Boyd 4-33, Bernard 4-21, Ross 2-17, Thomas 2-17, Sample 1-7, Mixon 1-2.

PUNT RETURNS: CHARGERS, King 2-7. CINCINNATI, Erickson 2-29.

KICKOFF RETURNS: CHARGERS, Reed 1-46. CINCINNATI, B.Wilson 1-44.

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TACKLES-ASSISTS-SACKS: CHARGERS, Hayward 12-0-0, Bosa 5-0-1, Murray 4-4-0, Vigil 3-2-0, Nwosu 2-2-1, Joseph 2-2-0, Harris 2-1-0, King 2-1-0, Tillery 2-0-1, Ingram 2-0-0, Jones 2-0-0, Perryman 1-2-0, Rochell 1-1-0, Square 1-1-0, White 1-1-0, Davis 1-0-0, Jenkins 1-0-0, Tranquill 1-0-0. CINCINNATI, Pratt 7-5-0, Bates 5-0-0, Bynes 4-4-1, Bell 4-4-0, Lawson 4-1-1, Hubbard 3-6-0, Jackson 3-1-0, Davis-Gaither 3-0-0, L.Wilson 2-0-0, Reader 1-3-0, Dunlap 1-2-0, Daniels 1-1-0, Covington 0-3-0, A.Brown 0-1-0, Kareem 0-1-0, Phillips 0-1-0.

INTERCEPTIONS: CHARGERS, Ingram 1-0. CINCINNATI, None.

FIELD GOALS MISSED: CHARGERS, Badgley 50. CINCINNATI, Bullock 31.

Officials — Referee Clay Martin, Ump Terry Jr. Killens, HL Derick Bowers, LJ Frank LeBlanc, FJ Mike Weatherford, SJ Jeff Lamberth, BJ Steve Patrick, Replay Kevin Stine.


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