The Chargers offense looked like their usual selves through the game’s first few drives on Sunday, scoring two touchdowns and eliminating most of the doubt that may have crept in throughout their trip to Baltimore. However, any and all momentum slowly faded as the game went on.
The Patriots, realizing a little late than expected that they were playing the league’s worst run defense, leaned on the legs of backs Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson to help shorten the game. Aided by a pair of interceptions thrown by Justin Herbert, New England was able to play keep away and they eventually downed the Chargers 27-24.
Justin Herbert was harassed for most of the day with a lot of pressure coming from the right side of the line. He finished an abysmal 18-of-35 for 147 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
The New England stable of backs rushed for a total of 142 yards on 39 carries. They scored the team’s only offensive touchdown of the day.
Derwin James led the defense with 12 total tackles, a tackle for loss, and forced a fumble. Jerry Tillery recorded the only sack of Mac Jones despite the front seven getting pressure on the rookie consistently.
The Chargers will be in Philadelphia next Sunday to face the Eagles. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.