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Chargers begin 2014 charging, take down Cowboys

AP Photo/Gregory Bull

The San Diego Chargers didn’t waste time showing the world what they are bringing to the table in 2014. The team won their first game of their season Thursday night, easily defeating the Dallas Cowboys 27-7.

Although many of Dallas’ superstars did not play at all, including quarterback Tony Romo, the Chargers’ starters played in the opening series before their backups took over. Philip Rivers and his offense looked surprisingly sharp in both the pass and run game for just the first game. They easily marched down the field against the Cowboys starting defense, but unfortunately a Ryan Mathews fumble into the end zone halted their drive at Dallas’ one-yard line for no score.

Besides from Mathews’ fumble, the team had an eye-catching performance, especially the second and third stringers.

Backup quarterback Kellen Clemens led the team to victory for most of the game. Although he ended the game with just five completions, he did toss the ball for 134 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Dontrelle Inman early in the third quarter to bring the score to 17-7.

The Chargers’ run game was what really shined throughout the game. They had several different running backs make extensive plays.

The most impressive back may have been rookie Branden Oliver. He rushed for 64 yards on just seven attempts, averaging a whopping 9.1 yards per carry. He had a charging 27-yard romp to the left of the field and a 16-yard touchdown sprint in the second quarter.

Running back Kerwynn Williams also contributed to the score with a touchdown from the one-yard line. Kicker Nick Novak knocked through two field goals from 24 and 44 yards.

The team now heads to Seattle to take on the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Gregory Bull

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Olivia Hops

Olivia Hops is a San Diego journalist, reporter, and producer who brings a fresh perceptive to the world of sports. Olivia has worked with U-T San Diego, U-T TV, Sports Illustrated, and other print and online publications. She is an absolute football junky, and her true passion lies with the NFL.