San Diego 24, Minnesota 17

Sunday, September 11, 2011 4:15 PM
WHEN: 4:15 PM EST, Sunday, September 11, 2011
WHERE: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
TEMPERATURE: 74°
HEAD OFFICIAL: Terry McAulay
ATTENDANCE: 66716

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 7 10 0 0 17
San Diego 7 0 7 10 24

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 0-1 0-0 0-1 L1
San Diego 1-0 1-0 0-0 W1

Recap


Mike Tolbert scored three touchdowns, including a 19-yard reception with 5:10 remaining, as the host San Diego Chargers overcame more problems on special teams to defeat the Minnesota Vikings 24-17 on Sunday.

San Diego punter Mike Scifres made a 40-yard field goal with 10:09 left in the fourth quarter to make it 17-17. Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding suffered a left knee injury while trying to make a tackle on the opening kickoff, which Minnesota’s Percy Harvin returned 103 yards for a touchdown.

The Chargers spoiled the Vikings’ debut of quarterback Donovan McNabb, who was 7-of-15 for 39 yards and a touchdown. His first pass was intercepted at his own 6 by Shaun Phillips and, three players later, Philip Rivers connected with Tolbert for a 1-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-7.

Rivers finished 33-of-48 for 335 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions as the Chargers outgained the Vikings in total yards 407-187.

Adrian Peterson, who set an NFL record with 296 rushing yards in the Vikings’ 35-17 victory over the Chargers in 2007, rushed for 98 yards on 16 carries Sunday.

The Chargers have started 2-3 for four straight seasons, and missed the playoffs in 2010 after winning four straight AFC West titles.

San Diego allowed four kickoff or punt returns for touchdowns last season.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Minnesota   San Diego
Adrian Peterson Player Ryan Mathews
16 Attempts 12
98 Yards 45
6.1 Avg Yards 3.8
0 Touchdowns 0
46 Long 21
Receiving
Minnesota   San Diego
Michael Jenkins Player Antonio Gates
3 Receptions 8
26 Yards 74
8.7 Avg Yards 9.2
1 Touchdowns 0
12 Long 15

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Minnesota 187 159 28 2 1 2 2.0 1
San Diego 407 77 330 3 1 1 2.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • San Diego will play their next game on the road against New England. The Chargers have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Vikings have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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