Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers topped the Denver Broncos in a thrilling 19-16 victory, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020 in SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. The Chargers’ win was helped by a rushing game that produced 89 yards and no rushing touchdowns, and by a 253 yards and one touchdown effort by Herbert.
Herbert ended the game with 253 yards passing, to go along with one touchdown, zero interceptions, and completing 21 of 33 passes. This performance led to a 97.20 passer rating for Herbert.
The ground game for the Chargers saw Kalen Ballage carrying the football 4 times, and Austin Ekeler helping with rushing the ball 10 times. The two rushers produced 14 yards and 45 yards respectively in a winning effort. The passing game for the Chargers had Herbert tossing the football to Jalen Guyton and Mike Williams as his most productive targets. Guyton caught three passes for a net gain of 43 yards. The secondary target (Williams) caught four passes for a net contribution of 54 yards.
On the defensive side of the football, the Chargers produced no forced fumbles, two tackles for loss, two sacks and no defensive touchdowns.
On the losing side of the game, Drew Lock of the Broncos ended the day with zero touchdowns, along with 264 yards, two interceptions, and a 50.30 passer rating.
The Broncos’ rushing game was led by Melvin Gordon and Royce Freeman. For the game, Gordon carried the ball 16 times, rushed for 79 yards, and zero touchdowns. Freeman supplemented and carried the ball a total of two times for a total of 16 yards. Meanwhile DaeSean Hamilton and Jerry Jeudy were the top 2 aerial passing targets for the Broncos. Hamilton caught five passes from Lock for a total of 77 yards, while Jeudy contributed with 61 yards from six passes.
For the game, the Broncos defensive effort yielded one forced fumble, one tackle for loss and two sacks. This was not enough to help their team to a victory.
With the win, the Chargers leave with a record of 6-9 for the season, while the Broncos record for the season now stands at 5-10.