Chargers Preseason 2019
Derrick Gore’s winning TD run. Photo credit: Screenshot, @Chargers, via Twitter.

Cardale Jones led the Los Angeles Chargers to their best first half in a preseason game since 2009 in a 27-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

Jones completed 10 of 16 passes for 149 yards on Thursday. The Chargers out-gained San Francisco, 269 yards to 152.

The 269 yards were the most by the Chargers in a first half of a preseason game since Aug. 29, 2009. They had 281 yards against Atlanta.

Undrafted rookie Derrick Gore ran 11 yards for the winning touchdown with one minute, 17 seconds to play. The Chargers (1-3) avoided their first winless preseason since 1999 when they were 0-5.

Chargers fullback Derek Watt and 49ers defensive tackle Sheldon Day were the only projected regular-season starters to play.

The Chargers took a 6-0 lead on Michael Badgley’s 42- and 28-yard field goals on their first two possessions. Detrez Newsome ran 1 yard for a touchdown on the Chargers third possession.

The crowd at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara was announced at 62,496 for the teams’ preseason finale.

Rookie Austin Walter ran 1 yard for a touchdown with 5:44 left in the fourth quarter to give the 49ers a 24-20 lead, before Gore’s run.

NFL teams must reduce their rosters to the 53-player regular-season limit by 1 p.m. Saturday. The Chargers open their season at home in Carson Sept. 8 against the Indianapolis Colts.

– City News Service

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