By half time, the Dallas Cowboys were ahead 10-0. The San Diego Chargers first team, lead by quarterback Phillip Rivers, were unable to get in the end-zone. Dallas was about to face the rest of the Chargers in the second half, and if it was anything like the first, they were on their way to win. Yet It would be on the back of San Diego's backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, that the Chargers would go on to score 28 points in the second half of the game - 21 of which came in the fourth-quarter alone - stunning the Cowboys 28-20.
Whitehurst took over the game going 7-for-12 and throwing for 122 yards. One of Whitehurst's two touchdowns came at a price. Sophomore wide receiver Vincent Brown leaped into the air to catch an 18-yard pass in the end-zone from Whitehurst. Brown appeared to fall awkwardly on his ankle as he landed and had to be carted off the field. Following the game, the team reported that Brown has a broken ankle and will be undergoing surgery on Sunday. Following surgery, Brown will likely be out eight weeks, if not more.
Earlier in the week, Dallas had learned that tight end Jason Witten had a spleen injury suffered in a game against Oakland that will leave him out of the lineup, at the very least, until the Cowboys season opener versus the New York Giants. Being one of quarterback Tony Romo's favorite targets, the absence of Witten leaves uncertainty. Romo went 9-for-13 tonight with zero touchdowns.
Dallas had a parade of quarterbacks during the game. Following Romo came Rudy Carpenter, Kyle Orton, and Stephen McGee. Of those four, only one, the undrafted Rudy Carpenter, was able to get the sole touchdown for Dallas. With 0:53 seconds left, Carpenter connected on a 15-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Harris bringing Dallas within eight after the PAT. It just was too little, too late for Dallas.