How it happened

Score at halftime: Chargers 13, Eagles 10

Score after third quarter: Chargers 20, Eagles 20

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Team rushing yardage: Chargers 126, Eagles 89

Team passing yardage: Chargers 413, Eagles 422

Penalties-yards: Chargers 4-32, Eagles 9-77

Time of possession: Chargers 40:17, Eagles 19:43

Eagles' best number: 428 (Michael Vick's passing yards)

Eagles' worst number: 419 (Phillip Rivers' passing yards)

You had to be there

The Linc was the loudest its been in several seasons before the game, which was the first regular-season contest under new coach Chip Kelly.

Three stars

1. Chargers place-kicker Nate Novak (four field goals, including the game-winner)

2. Rivers (three touchdown passes, no interception)

3. Vick (two TD passes, one TD run)

Turning point

The game was up for grabs until the Chargers' final drive. Rivers hit tight end Antonio Gates for back-to-back completions totaling 36 yards to help move the team into position for Novak's 46-yard field goal with 7 seconds in regulation.

Eagles' best play

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson got behind Chargers cornerback Shareece Wright and Vick hit him in stride for a 61-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

Eagles' worst play

Pick any of the shoddy tackling attempts by the Eagles' defense, especially against Gates. He caught eight passes for 124 yards.

Did you notice?

Rookie linebacker Manti' Te'o was among the Chargers' inactives. ... Players from both teams helped military personnel hold the giant flag during the National Anthem. ... Wide receiver Riley Cooper provided a nice block during McCoy's 70-yard catch and run in the first quarter. ... Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers completed his first 10 passes. ... Rookie Earl Wolff replaced Nate Allen at safety in the second quarter. ... Eagles cornerback Cary Williams committed three pass interference penalties, though one was declined. ... Lane Johnson was called twice for illegal formation. One erased a 37-yard TD by DeSean Jackson. ... The Eagles' defense forced two first-half turnovers via forced fumbles by cornerback Brandon Boykin and linebacker Trent Cole. ... McCoy provided a nice block on Vick's fourth-quarter touchdown.

Parting shots

Eagles safety Patrick Chung: "I really feel like we played our hearts out. Hats off to them."

Novak: "I love it when the crowd is so against you and all you hear is the other team is going to win. Then I have a chance to quiet them down."

David Weinberg

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