Instant Reaction: Chargers Rally To Beat 49ers 38-35 In Overtime On Saturday Night Football

The San Francisco 49ers' offense reappeared on Saturday Night Football, and the 49ers put the  San Diego Chargers in a 21-point hole that seemed insurmountable at the time. However, the Bolts rallied in clutch fashion, tying the game at 35 on a Malcom Floyd touchdown catch with 29 seconds left to send this one to overtime.

The Chargers would complete the storybook comeback in OT, edging the 49ers 38-35 and keeping their playoff hopes alive in the AFC.

Turning Point: Colin Kaepernick found some daylight on the second play of overtime, but he coughed up the football to give the Chargers the ball on their own 38.

Just a few plays later, San Diego kicked Nick Novak would make the 49ers pay for that gaffe with a 40-yard game winner that ignited the Chargers sideline.

Stat of the Night: Each offense's strengths showed itself on Saturday. The 49ers gashed the Chargers on the ground for 355 yards (to just 98 for SD) - more than what SF averages in total offense in 2014.

In contrast, San Diego got back in the game thanks to Philip Rivers' arm, outgaining the 49ers through the air 348 to 92.

Chargers MVP: The three-headed monster of Antonio Gates, Eddie Royal, and Dontrelle Inman combined for 24 of San Diego's 33 total receptions, three touchdowns, and 267 combined yards. On a night where the Chargers defense was gashed, these three (especially Gates with his two TDs) kept the Bolts in it.

Also, hand a game ball to Philip Rivers. Despite three interceptions, he once again came through in the clutch to help the Bolts live to fight another day.

49ers MVP: Frank Gore had a great night (26 carries, 158 yards, 1 TD), but it was Colin Kaepernick who helped orchestrate one of the 49ers' best offensive showings all season long. Massive fumble aside, the 49ers signal caller had a highlight reel 90-yard touchdown run and a touchdown pass to his credit, managing the game and displaying the athletic gifts that earned him his huge contract extension this offseason.

What’s Next? The 49ers will remain home for their season finale against the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday, while the Chargers will head to Arrowhead Stadium for a huge AFC West showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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