The game started out well for Los Angeles. After an INT on his 1st throw of the day, Herbert pulled himself together and delivered strike after strike to his receiving core. Veteran WR Keenan Allen grabbed a 9-yard score to put the Chargers up 7-3. FB Gabe Nabers came down with a 2 yard touchdown catch to drive the score up to 14-3.
In the 3rd quarter, the Chargers built on their sizable lead. WR Mike Williams made an impressive one-handed catch for his third TD of the season, and the Chargers led 21-3. Kicker Michael Badgley put a 52-yard try through the uprights, and LA sat pretty at 24-3. The Broncos fired back with their first touchdown of the game about nine minutes into the 3rd qtr, but LA’s 24-10 advantage seemed secure.
Denver came galloping back in the 4th quarter.
Lock hit tE Albert Okwugbunam for a 9-yard tD pass and the Broncos were behind by just 7 points.
Badgley kicked another field goal to bring the lead back to 10 points, but WR DaeSean Hamilton caught a 40-yard touchdown and the score fell to 27-24 with the Chargers still in the lead.
The Chargers drove down the field once again, but couldn’t finish off their drive with a touchdown. Badgley put up another field goal and took a 30-24 lead. This set Drew Lock up to drive down the field and win the game with the fateful last second touchdown pass.
The Chargers, who dropped to 2-5-0 after the 31-30 crunchtime loss to their division rivals, experienced what can only be described as an average day at the office for a team that blows almost as many wins as the meme also known as the Atlanta Falcons. This Chargers loss marked their 4th game in a row where the team blew a 16+ point lead.
For the Broncos, their 3rd win of the season comes on the heels of a big Week 7 loss to the division leading Kansas City Chiefs. HB Philip Lindsay picked up 83-yards rushing and 1 TD rush.
Chargers should move forward
Despite their challenges over the last several weeks, Los Angeles Chargers fans shouldn’t give up on 2020 just yet. Herbert put together another solid performance aside from his two interceptions, RB Justin Jackson rushed for 89 yards and caught three passes for 53 yard receiving and star defensive end Joey Bosa left the game early with a possible concussion, so the team’s inability to pick up a defensive stop wasn’t the fault of a healthy Chargers defense. So long as Bosa’s injury isn’t too serious, the Chargers upcoming schedule shouldn’t scare any true fans.
Los Angeles plays the Dolphins, the Jets and an injury-plagued Patriots team in upcoming weeks, and they’ll get a crack at this Broncos team again. Provided the Bolts can find the killer instinct all championship teams need to have, the Chargers will begin electrocuting opponents once again.
Until then Chargers fans need to stay patient. Or at the very least keep themselves from destroying their televisions.