Austin Ekeler’s 2 TDs leads Chargers over Rams in Battle of L.A.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Los Angeles Chargers working again Austin Ekeler had one factor in thoughts on the longest landing run of his profession, a 72-yard burst that set the tone for his crew’s decisive, 31-10 win over their crosstown rivals, the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium within the Battle for L.A.

Do not get caught. 

“Shoutout to the O-line because it was blocked perfectly,” Ekeler mentioned. “We were running power. Everything was kicked out, and I was able to get through the corner. I got caught earlier in the year, and so that’s the only thing that was on my mind was, ‘All right, speed, speed, speed. Don’t get caught,’ and I was able to get in there.”

Ekeler completed with 122 dashing yards on simply 10 carries and one other dashing landing on the day, this one from 10 yards out.

The Western Colorado product now has a league-leading 18 whole touchdowns on the yr. He additionally completed with 4 receptions for 39 receiving yards, passing Corridor of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson for probably the most receptions by a working again in a single season in franchise historical past with 103. 

Receiver Mike Williams joined Ekeler with one other jaw-dropping efficiency on offense for the Bolts, ending with a game-high seven receptions for 94 yards on 10 targets, together with a powerful, one-handed seize for 18 yards alongside the sideline close to the top of the second quarter. 

“As a pro coach, you get to witness a lot,” Chargers coach Brandon Staley mentioned. “You get to see a lot of special. But then there are some that are just more special than the rest, and that was certainly one of them.”

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert accomplished 21 of 28 passes for 212 passing yards and two scores, with no interceptions. Herbert was not sacked, posting a 119.9 passer ranking. 

The Oregon product now has 100 whole profession touchdowns, placing him tied with Corridor of Famer Dan Marino for many ever by any participant by means of their first three NFL seasons. 

The Bolts improved to 10-6 with the win, guaranteeing the Chargers will get at the least the No. 6 seed within the AFC playoffs — and the potential for shifting to the No. 5 seed subsequent week. 

Defensive finish Joey Bosa returned from a 12-game absence because of a groin damage that required surgical procedure, enjoying 23 defensive snaps and ending with two mixed tackles

The Chargers additionally bought a powerful efficiency by their protection, holding the Rams to 277 yards. 

Edge rusher Kyle Van Noy notched a sack in a fourth straight recreation. Van Noy mentioned afterwards that Staley deserves credit score for holding the crew collectively after a tough patch early within the season, with the Bolts profitable 5 of their final six video games. 

“You saw a lot of people hating on him,” Van Noy mentioned. “I’m the type of person where it’s all good when things go bad, right? You can point out the negatives, but you also need to give credit, when credit is due. And I feel like he deserves credit.” 

The Rams dropped to 5-11 with the loss because the defending Tremendous Bowl champs limp to the end line. 

Rams working again Cam Akers had one other sturdy efficiency, totaling 123 dashing yards on 19 carries. Malcolm Brown additionally had a pleasant, 23-yard run untouched down the center of the Bolts’ protection for the Rams’ lone landing.

In his third begin, Baker Mayfield completed 11-of-19 for 132 passing yards, with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Mayfield’s favourite goal was Van Jefferson, who completed with three catches for 77 receiving yards. 

“There was very small margin for error and when it ended up getting out of hand, it kind of got out of hand for us,” Rams head coach Sean McVay mentioned. “When you get into some of those known passing situations, that was where we ended up struggling and had some miscommunication. Make no excuses — those guys did a good job. 

“They deserved to win. Hats off to Brandon [Staley] and his group. We’ll look to have a great week of preparation and end this season off the fitting manner at Seattle.”

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Eric D. Williams has reported on the NFL for more than a decade, covering the Los Angeles Rams for Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Chargers for ESPN and the Seattle Seahawks for the Tacoma News Tribune. Follow him on Twitter at @eric_d_williams.

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