Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saturday Recap: Chargers comeback to stun 49ers in overtime, El Capitan's historic season ends with heartbreak

San Diego Chargers (9-6) 38
San Francisco 49ers (7-8) 35

SANTA CLARA (12/20/2014) Nick Novak nailed a 40-yard field goal in overtime to give the San Diego Chargers (9-6) a 38-35 win over the San Francisco 49ers (7-8) on Saturday night, keeping them in contention for the AFC playoffs.

Trailing 28-7 after a brutal first half, the Chargers finished the game on a 31-7 scoring run to complete their biggest come-from-behind victory since 2006.

The 49ers scored on their fourth play from scrimmage with a 52-yard touchdown run by Frank Gore. They followed up with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick to Brue Ellington, and an interception returned 49 yards to the end zone by Antoine Bethea to take a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Phillip Rivers got the Chargers on the board with a 15-yard touchdown strike to Eddie Royal, but the 49ers answered back with a one-yard touchdown run by Ellington to end the half.

The Chargers came out strong in the third quarter with two straight scores. Rivers' one-yard pitch to Antonio Gates was followed by a Corey Liuget fumble recovery in the end zone, cutting the 49ers' lead to 28-21.

On the ensuing drive, Kaepernick exploded for a career-long 90-yard touchdown run to give the 49ers a 35-21 lead to start the fourth quarter. It was a longest run by a quarterback in 49ers history.

Rivers would send the game into overtime with a 21-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Gates, and an 11-yarder to Malcom Floyd that tied the game at 35 apiece with 29 seconds left to play.

The Bolts will close out the regular season with a trip to Kansas City on Sunday, December 28th to take on the Chiefs in what should be a critical game for both teams.

Campolindo Cougars (16-0) 35
El Capitan Vaqueros (14-1) 28

CARSON (12/20/2014) After the El Capitan Vaqueros took a 28-7 lead late in the third quarter, it looked as if nothing could stop them from bringing home a state championship. That proved to be wrong as the Campolindo Cougars put up 28 unanswered points to steal the victory.

After a 7-7 tie at the half, El Capitan got off to their big lead with 21 points in the third quarter, including two big plays on special teams that led to touchdowns.

Three straight touchdown passes by Jack Stephens helped the Cougars tie the game 28-28 with 4:30 left to play.

The Vaqueros had a shot at a game-winning drive, but it fell short after a fumble was picked up by two-way standout Adam Remotto and ran 80 yards to the end zone for the game-clinching score.

El Capitan would lose the ball again during the ensuing kickoff, allowing Campolindo to run out the clock and clinch it's first state title in school history.

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