LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Now 8-5 on the season, the Chargers will proceed to battle for a playoff spot after their 37-21 drubbing of the New York Giants (4-9). Hometown followers at SoFi Stadium on Sunday had been handled to the fourth-largest offensive output from the Chargers this season.
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Justin Herbert confirmed flashes of the greatness Bolts followers have grown accustomed to over the past two seasons, placing up a 275 yard passing efficiency, with three touchdowns in addition. It was the primary sport since November 7 that Herbert hadn’t thrown an interception.
Herbert now has 30 passing touchdowns on the season and is nearing the 4,000 passing yard milestone, with 3,822 by means of 13 video games.
He grew to become simply the fourth rookie in NFL historical past to eclipse the 4,000 yard mark in 2020, and will he do it once more this season he could be simply the second quarterback to start out his profession with back-to-back 4,000 yard seasons and the primary to do it with a minimum of 30 passing touchdowns in every of these campaigns. The opposite is present New Orleans Saints participant Jameis Winston, when he started his NFL profession with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015.
The Chargers began off their high-scoring affair 4 minutes into the competition, when working again Austin Ekeler bullied his method into the top zone on a 1-yard rush, his ninth speeding landing this season and sixteenth general.
With out ordinary beginning quarterback Daniel Jones as soon as once more, the Giants relied on backup Mike Glennon to shoulder the load. He led the New York offensive on a seven-play, 75-yard landing drive, ending with a 3-yard floater over Chargers linebacker Kenneth Murray – into the fingers of Giants’ fullback Elijhaa Penny.
From there, it was all Chargers – usually.
They might punt the ball simply twice till the fourth quarter, when starters had been faraway from the sport, scoring 27 straight factors.
The Chargers would cap off their second-straight nine-play, 60-yard drive with a 12-yard dime to receiver Josh Palmer, who noticed his function improve with the absence of Keenan Allen; attributable to COVID-19 protocols. It was the rookie’s second receiving landing this season.
Maybe the spotlight of the day was Herbert’s 59-yard passing landing to Jalen Guyton – an immaculate heave of almost 60 yards, over the fingers outstretched fingers of two Giants defenders and into the fingers of Guyton. The cross has already been labeled as “cross of the 12 months” by ESPN.
Herbert’s last landing on the day – a 1-yard laser to tight finish Jared Cook dinner – put the ending touches on a virtually excellent day – as he completed the sport with a 133.1 QB Ranking.
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The Chargers completed with simply over 150 yards speeding on Sunday, most of which got here from Ekeler (67 yards), who was adopted by Justin Jackson (35 yards) and Joshua Kelley (33 yards).
In Allen’s absence, 9 completely different Bolts had a minimum of one reception, with Mike Williams main the way in which with six. He completed the sport with 61 yards receiving. Guyton had 87 on 5 catches and Palmer completed with 66.
Chargers placekicker Dustin Hopkins was excellent on the day – going 3-for-3 on subject targets and 4-for-4 on additional level makes an attempt. His longest was a 39-yard boot.
Heading into the fourth quarter the Chargers had been up 30-7, with the Giants tacking on 14 factors in rubbish time, when the Chargers had eliminated a number of starters from the sport. Chase Daniel, second string quarterback for the Bolts, obtained in for simply two drive, handing the ball off thrice in a fast three-and-out and kneeling twice to finish the sport.
Los Angeles’ protection was spectacular, permitting lower than 100 yards speeding to phenom Saquon Barkley – holding him to lower than 100 whole yards on the sport. He did nevertheless sneak previous the secondary late within the fourth quarter for an 18-yard receiving landing.
They allowed simply over 300 yards within the sport, and Joey Bosa and Justin Jones added one sack every to their season totals. Bosa now has 7.5 sacks in 2021. Bosa’s sack resulted in a fumble from Glennon, his fourth compelled fumble this season.
The Chargers capped off the victory with an interception within the last minute, when Giants’ QB Mike Glennon floated a cross off the fingers of his supposed receiver – and into the arms of Chargers’ linebacker Nick Niemann.
They nonetheless maintain on to the second spot within the AFC West Standings behind the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, who at the moment are 9-4 this season – combating for the No. 1 general seed within the AFC because the league nears playoffs.
Heading into Week 14 the Chargers had a 50% likelihood of incomes a spot – they presently maintain the No. 5 seed within the AFC.
Subsequent week the Bolts head into one among their hardest matchups of the season, as they face off in opposition to the Chiefs, who’ve gained seven of their final eight video games, and completed a radical thrashing of the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday – 48-9.
Los Angeles stole a victory in Week 3 of the NFL season, a 30-24 win the place the Bolts protection picked off reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes twice, whereas Herbert threw for 4 touchdowns.
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This sport is scheduled for Thursday night time at 5:20 p.m. Pacific Time.