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Herbert and the Chargers Held on Against the Falcons in a Nail-Biting 20-17 Victory

The Los Angeles Chargers showed up Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 in SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and held on against the Atlanta Falcons by a nail-biting 20-17 victory. The Chargers deployed a rushing game that produced 105 yards and zero rushing touchdowns, to go along with a total team offensive output of 345 yards. Quarterback Justin Herbert contributed with 243 yards and two touchdowns for the game.

Herbert finished the game with two touchdowns, completing 36 of 44 passes. At the end of the day, he finished with 243 yards and one interception, and a passer rating of 95.40.

The ground game for the Chargers saw Kalen Ballage carrying the football 7 times, and Austin Ekeler helping with rushing the ball 15 times. The two rushers produced 14 yards and 79 yards respectively in a winning effort. The passing game for the Chargers had Herbert tossing the football to Keenan Allen and Tyron Johnson as his most productive targets. Allen caught nine passes for a net gain of 52 yards. The secondary target (Johnson) caught six passes for a net contribution of 55 yards.

On the defensive side of the football, the Chargers produced zero forced fumbles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and no defensive touchdowns.

For the Falcons, Matt Ryan ended the day having completed 21 of 32 passes, leading to 224 yards, three interceptions and one touchdown. His performance resulted in a QB rating of 57.30.

The rushing game for the Falcons was led by Todd Gurley and Ito Smith. For the game, Gurley rushed for 19 yards from carrying the football six times. Meanwhile Smith carried the ball 11 times for a total of 42 yards. For the passing game, the top receivers for the Falcons included Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage. Ridley caught eight passes for a total of 124 yards, while Gage contributed with 82 yards from five passes.

For the game, the Falcons defensive effort yielded two forced fumbles, one tackle for loss and one sack. This was not enough to help their team to a victory.

After this game, the Chargers improved to a record of 4-9, while the Falcons dropped to a 4-9 record.