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<P>Packers vs. Chargers</P>

To use one of Mike McCarthy's favorite words, the Packers first preseason game against the Chargers didn't start with a lot of "positives".   First round draft pick Nick Perry did have a quarterback sack on Phillip Rivers on the opening drive of the game, but was also flagged for unnecessary celebration.  The first team offense sputtered when an handoff between Aaron Rodgers and James Starks was botched and ended up in a fumble recovery by former Packer Atari Bigby.   And then things got worse.  Desmond Bishop was rolled up underneath the pile while trying to make a tackle on Ronnie Brown and he had to to be helped off the field and didn't return to action. Rodgers didn't get much help from left tackle Herb Taylor when he was in the game and ended up throwing an interception under heavy pressure and that was it for the first team offense.   Graham Harrell eventually led Green Bay down the field at the end of the first half with a scoring strike to Randall Cobb and the Packers trailed 14-7 at halftime.   Following a lackluster third quarter, the Packers pulled to within one after a touchdown run by Marc Tyler.  McCarthy then wisely went for the two point conversion and with a failed passing attempt, the idea of overtime during the preseason was put to rest.  San Diego added another score late and the Packers start the preseason 0-1 with a 21-13 loss on the road.   Green Bay goes back to work on Saturday night at Ray Nitschke field with their final evening practice of training camp starting at 7 pm.

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