Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys put together an 11-play, 49-yard drive in the final four minutes and capped with a 56-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein to down the Chargers in their home opener by a score of 20-17.
The Dallas run game rebounded from a porous performance against the Buccaneers to the tune of 198 yards and 6.4 yards per carry.
Justin Herbert threw for 338 yards on 31-for-41 passing and one touchdown but through a pair of ill-advised interceptions, the second of which came in the end zone. Keenan Allen led the team with 108 yards on four catches but Mike Williams was the one to find the end zone for the second week in a row.
This game was littered with penalty flags from start to finish and most of them stemmed from the Chargers’ lack of discipline. The Bolts committed 12 penalties in total with eight of them coming in the second half, alone. Two of those 12 penalties wiped out would-be touchdowns.
Nasir Adderley led the defense with nine tackles. Derwin James was tied for second with seven and recorded a half sack which was shared by Jerry Tillery. Kyler Fackrell recorded a quarterback takedown in the fourth quarter to keep the Chargers hopes of winning alive.
The Chargers will travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs next week. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 a.m. on CBS.