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Chargers lose first game back in Los Angeles

August 9, 2017 - Irvine, CA, USA - Chargers' owner Dean Spanos watches practice during a joint practice between the Chargers and the Rams at UC Irvine in Irvine, CA on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
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The Los Angeles Chargers played their first game inside city limits since the 1960 season on Sunday night. They suffered a 48-17 loss at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks in their 2017 preseason opener at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

The evening began with an old San Diego connection reappearing when quarterback Philip Rivers hit tight end Antonio Gates for a first quarter touchdown to spring a 7-0 lead. Things quickly would take a turn for the worse, with linebacker Denzel Perryman needing to be carted off the field due to an ankle injury suffered in the first quarter.

Rivers would finish his first game in Los Angeles 5-for-6 passing for 56 yards, finding Gates for the TD. The team would also use Kellen Clemens under center, who finished the night 4-for-10 passing for 100 yards, finding Trevis Benjamin for a 74-yard score. Clemens would also toss two interceptions before his night was over. Also in on the fun was the newly acquired Cardale Jones, who went 2-for-9 passing for 50 yards.

On the mend, Chargers running back Melvin Gordon saw limited action and gained just 14 yards on six carries. He missed the final three games of 2016 due to hip and knee injuries and is line to become the lead back for LA in 2017.

The team will be right back at their new home in Carson next week when they host the New Orleans Saints for Week 2 of the preseason.

They won’t play their first regular season home game until Week 2 when they welcome in the Miami Dolphins.

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