SAN DIEGO —
Woodhead’s second TD catch, a 13-yarder, pulled the Chargers to 21-20 midway through the third quarter.
After forcing Dallas to punt, San Diego took a 23-21 lead on Novak’s 23-yard field goal that capped a drive that started on the Chargers 11.
The Cowboys scored 21 points in the second quarter. Bryant outjumped Marshall to bring in a 5-yard pass from Romo on the fourth play of the quarter. After San Diego went ahead 10-7 on Novak’s 36-yard field goal, Bryant caught a short pass from Romo on a crossing route and turned it into a 34-yard touchdown.
Five plays into the next Chargers drive, Rivers was hit by tackle Jason Hatcher as he released the ball and it floated to Lee. He returned it down the right sideline, just barely staying inbounds. The play was upheld on review, giving Dallas a 21-10 lead.
San Diego came back on a 42-yard field goal by Novak as the first-half clock expired, and on Rivers’ 13-yard touchdown pass to Woodhead on the opening drive of the second half.
Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o made his NFL debut. He’d been out since spraining his right foot in the exhibition opener Aug. 8.
The Chargers were without three injured offensive linemen: left tackle King Dunlap, left guard Chad Rinehart and right guard Jeromey Clary.
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