He rolls right, avoids the pressure, looks downfield, and delivers a bomb to Jalen Guyton for a 59-yard touchdown just seconds before the half ends. This is what Los Angeles Chargers star quarterback Justin Herbert did on Sunday to extend their lead over the New York Giants.
It was yet another eye-popping play by the second-year signal-caller, one who has become a regular to throwing the deep ball. During the victory over the Giants, Herbert also landed in the same company as Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino. He proceeded to earn some massive praise from Chargers head coach Brandon Staley.
Justin Herbert shows off the cannon with yet another unreal deep bomb as the Chargers cruise to victory
Can we watch this on repeat, please?
The throw from Herbert was an absolute dime, something he has done relatively often early in his NFL career. On the afternoon, Herbert went 23-of-31 for 275 yards, three scores, and zero turnovers as the Chargers rolled to a 37-21 victory.
On the season, Herbert continues to stay among the NFL’s best quarterbacks. He remains in the top five in yards and touchdowns, with Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, and Patrick Mahomes the others who are in both categories.
This throw from Herbert sent the football world into an uproar of excitement, and it was indeed worthy of the excitement.
The throw of the year and best throw ever were just some of the phrases used to describe this bomb by Herbert, and many more are in store in his young career.
The Chargers’ victory puts them just a game behind the Kansas City Chiefs for the top spot in the AFC West, and LA already defeated the defending AFC champions earlier this season. Also, Herbert entered into a rare company, joining Dan Marino in an exclusive club.
Justin Herbert joins Dan Marino in exclusive company after another huge performance
This stat alone is something else. In less than two full seasons, Herbert has thrown 60 touchdown passes. Even more remarkable is how he got here.
After being drafted sixth overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, LA went with Tyrod Taylor as the starter. But, a bizarre, fluke injury to Taylor just minutes before the second game of the year forced the Chargers to start Herbert — and the rest, as they say, is history.
Now, Herbert joins Marino as the youngest QBs to throw 60 scores, and there will be plenty more records with Herbert’s name written on them at this rate.
Herbert even set another NFL record after throwing for his 30th touchdown of the year.
Impressive. There aren’t many other ways to put it. Herbert continues to prove he is an exceptional talent and the Chargers are nipping on the heels of the Chiefs for AFC West supremacy in 2021.
Brandon Staley delivers powerful statement on his young quarterback after another Chargers victory
Things are looking pretty good in LA in the first year of the Brandon Staley era. After a few rough weeks, the Chargers responded with an impressive victory over Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals before dismantling the Giants.
The Chargers are fourth in the NFL in pass yards per game, eighth in scoring, and seventh in yards per game. The offense has figured it out, and Staley raved about his superstar quarterback after the game (h/t Daniel Popper of The Athletic).
“What you’re witnessing is something special.”Brandon Staley on Justin Herbert
That describes Herbert perfectly. Exceptional talent, special player, and the Chargers have a superstar on their hands — one who has even drawn John Elway comparisons.
A win against the Chiefs would have the Chargers atop the AFC West with the season winding down, and Herbert is a massive reason for the success in LA.
Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference