SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Chargers (1-3) wrapped up the pre-season Thursday night with a blowout 41-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers (3-1).
The good news is the Chargers' first teamers stayed away from any injuries, and that's because quarterback Philip Rivers and the starters never left the sideline.
Backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst saw all the action in the first half and he was under pressure quite a bit -- the 49ers sacked him four times. They picked him off as well, with Michael Wilhoite intercepting and returning the ball to the 11 yard line. Third-stringer Brad Sorensen threw two interceptions in the second half.
One bright spot in the first half for the chargers was when Whitehurst found tight end Ladarius Green early and often. Green made five catches to help set up a Nick Novak field goal making it 7 - 3.
A couple of plays later, 49ers QB Colt McCoy found Anthony Dixon and he made his way across the goal-line to make it 17 - 6 49ers.
In the second half Fozzy Whiitaker continued to look like a great compliment to Ryan Mathews and carried it well -- 59 yards on 10 carries.
San Francisco linebacker Cam Johnson sacked Whitehurst twice and blocked a punt by Mike Scifres and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown late in the third quarter.
But the play of the game was a 49ers pass to Levell Hawkins who tipped it to himself and bounced off a big hit to go 43 yards to score.
Final roster cuts will come on Saturday, that's when the Chargers must slim down to the 53 man limit -- which means 22 players will be out of a job.