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Novak's 4 field goals lift Bolts over Cards, 12-9; teams meet again on Sept. 8.

  • San Diego Chargers kicker Nick Novak (9)  kicks a 55-yard field goal while playing the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

    San Diego Chargers kicker Nick Novak (9) kicks a 55-yard field goal while playing the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • Arizona Cardinals linebacker Desmond Bishop grabs the face mask of San Diego Chargers running back Marion Grice during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    Arizona Cardinals linebacker Desmond Bishop grabs the face mask of San Diego Chargers running back Marion Grice during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Arizona Cardinals quarterback Logan Thomas throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    Arizona Cardinals quarterback Logan Thomas throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)  (The Associated Press)

Nick Novak kicked four field goals and the San Diego Chargers beat the Arizona Cardinals 12-9 on Thursday night, 11 days before the teams meet again in the season opener.

Both teams rested their starters, leaving backups to compete for roster spots.

Trips inside the 20-yard line were rare and neither team scored a touchdown, leaving the field goal kickers to fight it out. The Chargers did get to the Arizona 6 in the closing minutes, but third-string quarterback Brad Sorensen took a knee on three straight snaps.

Novak was good from 35, 39, 55 and 37 yards.

Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro kicked field goals of 42, 38 and 35 yards.

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