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Chargers earn ‘A-’ from CBS Sports despite loss to Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

It’s incredible to look back at how perfect the LA Chargers seemed to play for most of their game against the Kansa City Chiefs while immediately realizing they lost in a game that came down to a field goal in overtime.

Yes, it’s super understandable to be upset and frustrated with a loss like that, but when there was so much positivity and excitement during the contest, it’s a struggle to settle your thoughts into a final opinion of Sunday’s game.

I don’t even know if I, myself, have settled my final thoughts on the matter, but I think I’m finding myself leaning into the positive silver linings more often than find myself sitting on top of the frustrating ending.

For what it’s worth, John Breech of CBS Sports gave the Chargers one of the best grades from game two. Even in a loss, the Bolts earned an “A-” for narrowly topping the reigning Super Bowl champs.

Here’s everything Breech had to say about the Chargers’ valiant efforts on Sunday afternoon.

“The Chiefs had won 11 out of the past 12 contests against the Chargers, but L.A. was in this game on Sunday for two reasons: Their rookie quarterback and their defense. Justin Herbert was told just moments before the game that he was going to register his first career start, and he began the contest with an eight-play, 79-yard drive which ended with a touchdown — a four-yard run the rookie ran in himself. He finished with 311 passing yards, two total touchdowns and one interception, and was more than impressive in his NFL debut. As for the defense, they did a great job getting pressure on Patrick Mahomes all game and took away some of the little things that make the Chiefs such an explosive team. The Chargers held their own on the line of scrimmage and were on the lookout for screen plays and misdirection. It may not have been enough for a victory today, but the future is bright in Los Angeles.”

Breech did a good job of highlighting all of the positive aspects from both the offense and the defense. I thought the control of the line of scrimmage, on either side of the ball, was extremely pleasing to see. Heck, just seeing Herbert play an entire game and survive with three out of five starters on the offensive line is something to be happy about.

When the coaches film is finally released sometime tomorrow, I’ll likely have some more silver linings to discuss, but until then, let’s try to stay on the positive side of things.