Chargers-Falcons takeaways: Joshua Palmer receives highlight

The Chargers improved to 5-3 Sunday with a 20-17 victory over Atlanta on a walk-off 37-yard discipline objective by Cameron Dicker.

Observations from a considerably loopy end that noticed each groups lose fumbles within the last 45 seconds:

DOWN BIG YET AGAIN: For the fourth consecutive sport, the Chargers fell behind by double figures within the first quarter. The Falcons scored on their first two possessions to make it 10-0 after quarter-hour.

The Chargers have been outscored 51-3 of their final 4 first quarters.

“Yeah, we like to be 10-0,” linebacker Drue Tranquill stated, smiling. “We like to get it the hard way.”

Atlanta produced the sport’s preliminary 9 first downs and had a 145-16 edge in complete yards after one quarter.

Tranquill stated the sluggish begins don’t have a standard thread — penalties one week, run protection one other week, and so on. He dismissed the suggestion that the Chargers haven’t been ready.

“I don’t think there’s something you can pinpoint,” he stated. “I definitely don’t think it’s that we’re not ready to play.”

After struggling early, the Chargers allowed the Falcons solely seven extra factors on their last seven possessions. 4 of these sequence ended as three-and-outs.

“I just like the way we’ve made adjustments,” Tranquill stated, “and kept ourselves in the game.”

DOWN BUT NOT OUT: Regardless of the latest early deficits, the Chargers have come again to win three of these 4 video games. In addition they have received three street video games in a row after going 4-4 away from SoFi Stadium in 2021.

They got here again twice Sunday, falling behind once more 17-14 late within the third quarter.

The Falcons’ second landing got here on a bullish three-yard run by Cordarrelle Patterson, who reached the tip zone after plowing over Tranquill, the NFL equal of being “posterized” on a dunk in basketball.

“Gosh, he got me, man!” Tranquill stated. “He got me. He stuck his head down, though, so he’s gonna have a nice fine [from the league] sitting in his locker. But he got me, and everybody gets got. I’m not going to live it down.”

The protection’s resurgence within the second quarter was highlighted by sacks from Tranquill and Derwin James Jr., performs that compelled the Falcons to punt on back-to-back possessions.

“Our guys just settled in,” coach Brandon Staley stated. “I just felt like our guys really communicated, stayed connected and we did a good job of tackling after that and kept the ball in front of us.”

Falcons security Richie Grant (27) grabs the shirt of Joshua Palmer (5) after the Chargers receiver made a catch.

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COMING THROUGH WHEN ENDED: With Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (ankle) injured and out, Joshua Palmer emerged with maybe his best NFL sport, catching eight passes for a career-high 106 yards.

“This was a real feature game for Josh,” Staley stated. “I thought you saw the type of receiver that we believe he is. He got his opportunities today, and he really took them and ran with them.”

Palmer stated he spent a part of Friday speaking with Allen and Williams, the 2 veterans serving to him put together mentally for his elevated function.

“They just set the record straight,” Palmer stated. “They said, ‘Yo, look, go prove to everyone what you can do because we know what you can do. There’s no reason you shouldn’t go out there and dominate.’ ”

Requested what these phrases meant to him Sunday, Palmer smiled and stated: “They were right. They were right.”

BIG MACK ATTACK: Veteran edge rusher Khalil Mack produced one of many sport’s most memorable moments when he reached in and stole the ball from Atlanta broad receiver Drake London close to the center of the third quarter.

The play stopped Atlanta within the purple zone, Mack returning the fumble to midfield.

“That’s who is he,” Staley stated. “He’s one of the top ball producers this league has ever seen…What your special players do is in games like that and moments like that, they go make plays for you.”

Chargers defensive tackle Austin Johnson (98) is helped off the field after getting injured  against the Atlanta Falcons.

Chargers defensive deal with Austin Johnson (98) is helped off the sphere after getting injured in opposition to the Atlanta Falcons.

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INJURIES OF NOTE: The Chargers misplaced proper deal with Trey Pipkins III and defensive lineman Austin Johnson in the course of the sport.

Pipkins aggravated a left knee sprain, stated Staley. Johnson additionally suffered a knee damage.

After the sport, Staley stated he had no fast replace on both participant.

IN HIS OWN WORDS: Tranquill on Atlanta defensive lineman Ta’Quon Graham fumbling the ball again to the Chargers within the fourth quarter: “I don’t know what actually happened. It looked like the guy hadn’t carried a football ever in his life.”