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Final: Chargers 12 Minnesota 10
MINNEAPOLIS (08-24-12) The San Diego Chargers finish their third week of preseason play by edging out a win over the Minnesota Vikings. Kicker Nick Novak nailed a 45-yard field goal as time expired.
The Chargers defensive unit had an impressive night. They only allowed three 3rd down conversions, recorded five sacks, and forced the Vikings to turn the ball over four times. Two of those turnovers were forced fumbles that took place after the Vikings drove the ball more than 70 yards down the field.
On an unfortunate note, highly touted rookie linebacker Melvin Ingram had to leave the game late in the third quarter after bruising his left thigh. On the bright side, Ingram is only expected to miss next week's preseason finale against the San Francisco 49ers and he should be good to go for the regular season opener at Oakland.
Among other key starters, head coach Norv Turner and staff decided to sit quarterback Phillip Rivers. That turned out to be the right decision after the offensive line allowed back-up Charlie Whitehurst to be sacked five times.