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Arizona at San Diego

Novak's 4 field goals lift Bolts over Cards, 12-9

By BERNIE WILSON
AP Sports Writer
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SAN DIEGO (AP) In just more than one week, the guys who were on the sidelines Thursday night will be on the field, and the ones who were on the field will be on the sidelines or unemployed.

In a scheduling rarity, the San Diego Chargers beat the Arizona Cardinals 12-9. They'll play again at Glendale on Sept. 8 in the second half of a Monday Night Football doubleheader.

Both teams rested their starters, leaving backups to compete for roster spots.

Trips inside the 20-yard line were rare and neither team scored a touchdown, leaving the field goal kickers to fight it out. The Chargers did get to the Arizona 6 in the closing minutes, but third-string quarterback Brad Sorensen took a knee on three straight snaps.

Nick Novak was good from 35, 39, 55 and 37 yards.

Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro kicked field goals of 42, 38 and 35 yards.

Leading 9-3, the Chargers went for it on fourth-and-goal from the 2 with 2 seconds left in the first half, but Kellen Clemens' pass to Dontrelle Inman was intercepted by Jimmy Legree, who returned it 68 yards before being dragged down on a horse-collar tackle by Inman.

That gave Arizona the ball at the San Diego 20 and Catanzaro kicked a 38-yarder to pull within three.

San Diego's Torrence Allen fumbled the second half kickoff and Arizona's Jalen Parmale recovered, setting up Catanzaro's tying 35-yard field goal.

Chargers rookie Tevin Reese had a rough game with several drops. He also fumbled in the third quarter, but center Khalil Wilkes recovered and Novak kicked a go-ahead, 37-yard field goal on the next play.

Arizona rookie quarterback Logan Thomas played the whole game. He completed 9 of 21 passes for 73 yards. He was intercepted by rookie Alden Darby in the closing minutes, giving the Chargers the ball on the Arizona 17.

Clemens, San Diego's backup quarterback, was 14 of 25 for 158 yards.

San Diego rookie Marion Grice, a sixth-round draft pick competing for the fourth running spot, gained 79 yards on 17 carries. Branden Oliver, an undrafted rookie, had 71 yards on 16 carries.

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Thurs. Aug. 28Final
Arizona
(1-3)
33309
363012
CardinalsChargers
Pass: L. Thomas (9-21, 73) K. Clemens (14-25, 158)
Rush: Z. Bauman (7-20) M. Grice (17-79)
Rec: T. Niklas (2-32) D. Inman (3-54)
Scoring Summary
1ST QUARTER
FGChandler Catanzaro makes 42 yard kick. Drive: 6 plays, 41 yards in 2:40.
FGNick Novak makes 35 yard kick. Drive: 9 plays, 58 yards in 5:20.
2ND QUARTER
FGNick Novak makes 39 yard kick. Drive: 7 plays, 26 yards in 2:26.
FGNick Novak makes 55 yard kick. Drive: 11 plays, 55 yards in 5:43.
FGChandler Catanzaro makes 38 yard kick..
3RD QUARTER
FGChandler Catanzaro makes 35 yard kick. Drive: 4 plays, 4 yards in 2:04.
FGNick Novak makes 37 yard kick. Drive: 11 plays, 37 yards in 6:11.
4TH QUARTER
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Arizona
PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
L. Thomas9/217301
RushingATTYDSTDLG
Z. Bauman720010
J. Parmele51807
L. Thomas31006
S. Taylor3703
W. Powell1202
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
T. Niklas232023
W. Powell114014
B. Golden41406
D. Fells110010
Z. Bauman1303
San Diego
PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
K. Clemens14/2515801
B. Sorensen3/72800
RushingATTYDSTDLG
M. Grice1779013
B. Oliver1671023
K. Clemens217017
D. Brown3201
B. Sorensen4-201
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
D. Inman354021
J. Phillips437021
S. Ajirotutu127027
J. Herndon122022
T. Reese21309
D. Johnson1808
T. Allen1808
M. Grice1505
B. Oliver1404
M. Flacco1404
D. Brown1404
Complete Player Stats
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DET 23 Final
BUF 0
IND 7 Final
CIN 35
CHI 13 Final
CLE 33
ATL 24 Final
JAC 14
STL 13 Final
MIA 14
NE 13 Final
NYG 16
NYJ 7 Final
PHI 37
CAR 10 Final
PIT 0
WAS 24 Final
TB 10
DEN 27 Final
DAL 3
KC 14 Final
GB 34
SF 40 Final
HOU 13
BAL 22 Final
NO 13
MIN 19 Final
TEN 3
SEA 31 Final
OAK 41