Rookie quarterback Easton Stick threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Andre Patton and ran four yards for a score later in the fourth quarter in the Los Angeles Chargers 23-15 loss to the Seattle Seahawks Saturday evening in a preseason game in Carson.
The Chargers (0-3) were limited to Michael Badgley’s 40-yard first-quarter field goal over the first three quarters before a crowd at Dignity Health Sports Park announced at 23,377.
The Chargers were outgained, 367 yards to 280, trailed 24-17 in first downs and 33:30-26:30 in time of possession.
Tyrod Taylor made his third consecutive start at quarterback for the Chargers, completed six of nine passes for 61 yards on their first three possessions.
The Chargers punted after three plays on their first possession, drove 58 yards on 12 plays for Badgley’s field goal on their second, and failed to convert on a fourth-and-1 play on their third when Taylor fumbled, the ball was recovered by tight end Hunter Henry, who was stopped for no gain.
Cardale Jones completed four of five passes for 50 yards in his two possessions, one which ended when receiver Troymaine Pope was tackled for a 2-yard loss on fourth-and 1 from Seattle’s 15-yard line and the other with the Chargers being forced to punt after three plays.
Stick entered the game with 16 seconds left in the third quarter, and drove the Chargers 75 yards on 11 plays, completing five of six passes for 41 yards and scrambling for a 10-yard gain on the first play.
Ty Long’s first conversion attempt of the preseason was wide left.
Stick completed five of six passes for 41 yards the next time the Chargers had the ball to set up his touchdown run, eight plays after Michael Dickson’s 33-yard punt went out of bounds at the Seahawks 45-yard line.
Long’s conversion attempt after Stick’s touchdown run was blocked.
The Chargers forced Seattle to punt after three plays on the ensuing possession, getting the ball back on their own 48-yard line with 2:47 to play and one time out remaining.
Stick completed a 4-yard pass to Detrez Newsome on the first play, then threw three consecutive incomplete passes to turn the ball over on downs. Justice Liggins slipped to the ground on the final play.
The Seahawks then ran out the final 1:55.
Stick, who is competing with Jones to be the third-string quarterback behind Philip Rivers and Taylor, completed 12 of 16 passes for 82 yards.
Russell Wilson guided Seattle (2-1) to touchdowns on two of his three possessions, a 3-yard run by Rashaad Penny and a 1-yard run C.J. Prosise, both in the second quarter.
Wilson completed six of nine passes for 73 yards.
Former Charger Geno Smith replaced Wilson 1:48 before halftime, completing four of his first seven passes for 27 yards and scrambling for an 11-yard gain to set up Jason Myers 58-yard field goal with two seconds left in the first half.
Smith completed 11 of 18 passes for 117 yards and ran eight yards for a touchdown with 16 seconds left in the third quarter in six possessions.
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