Mounting accidents doom Chargers in loss to San Francisco 49ers

They led from the primary 4 minutes till the ultimate eight minutes whereas damage riddled and undermanned, on the highway towards an opponent with a deeper, extra dynamic roster.

However the Chargers nonetheless misplaced 22-16 to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night time, the NFL not a spot the place attaboys matter a lot.

“We didn’t come here to get a pat on the back for playing hard,” coach Brandon Staley stated. “That’s not what this team is about. We came here to win tonight. … Now, we didn’t win. But the effort and the physicality — the toughness of our team — that was good enough.

“That was what I expect in terms of going nose to nose with a good team. Our group didn’t back down tonight. Our team was the aggressor. We just didn’t go down in the second half.”

After opening a 16-10 halftime lead, the Chargers have been shut out the remainder of the night time. They ran solely 19 performs for 52 yards and three first downs over the ultimate two quarters.

Quarterback Justin Herbert was seven for 14 for 35 yards with one interception after halftime. The Chargers’ ultimate first down got here within the final two minutes of the third quarter on a Herbert sneak.

“That’s a good defense,” Staley stated. “We just couldn’t get anything going in the run game. In the passing game, it was tight. The rush was coming. There wasn’t a lot of air in the second and third level to take advantage of.”

The Chargers started Sunday with out their prime two vast receivers — Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (ankle) each injured.

Proper sort out Trey Pipkins III was questionable for the sport due to a knee sprain and was unable to play.

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert passes whereas pressured by the 49ers’ Charles Omenihu (94) and Nick Bosa (97).

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Then, within the first half, the Chargers misplaced beginning tight finish Gerald Everett due to a groin damage.

Nonetheless, they hung robust to open their six-point halftime edge. Herbert linked with DeAndre Carter for a 32-yard landing move on the Chargers’ opening drive.

Kicker Cameron Dicker had three area targets for the remainder of the staff’s factors, the Chargers unable to succeed in the top zone on their ultimate 10 possessions towards a protection that entered No. 1 within the NFL in fewest complete yards allowed.

The Chargers even misplaced Herbert at one level. He missed the ultimate three performs of the primary half after taking a success to the pinnacle by San Francisco linebacker Dre Greenlaw.

Herbert was scrambling on third and 6 and was close to the required yardage when, as a substitute of sliding and ending up brief, he lunged ahead.

Herbert additionally was hit from behind whereas taking place, the power of the sort out pushing him into the trail of the closing-in Greenlaw. After a session by officers, Greenlaw was known as for a 15-yard penalty and ejected from the sport.

As he readied for the following play, Herbert was pulled off the sector by the officers and directed to the sideline medical tent for analysis. He was changed by Chase Daniel. Two incompletions and a sack left the Chargers with a 40-yard area aim by Dicker on the ultimate snap of the half, the kick making it 16-10.

Herbert was checked and shortly emerged from the tent. He remained out however returned for the Chargers’ first possession of the third quarter. The Chargers (5-4) additionally misplaced beginning linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr. within the first half for concussion analysis. He returned to the locker room and, after extra testing, was permitted to return.

“I thought you saw good process in play,” Staley stated of the way in which his gamers have been evaluated, one thing that has been a problem this season for the NFL. “Hopefully, the world was able to see good process tonight.”

San Francisco (5-4) took its first lead with 7:54 left in regulation on Christian McCaffrey’s two-yard landing run.

The rating — and subsequent missed additional level — made it 19-16, the 49ers changing three third downs en path to a 14-play, 77-yard drive that consumed almost seven minutes.

They transformed on third and 5, third and eight and third and 10 because the Chargers couldn’t get off the sector.

By the top of the sequence, the Chargers have been down to a few out there defensive linemen. They misplaced Christian Covington to a pectoral damage in the course of the drive and earlier misplaced Otito Ogbonnia to a knee downside.

49ers running back Christian McCaffrey runs past Chargers safety Derwin James Jr. and cornerback Asante Samuel Jr.

San Francisco working again Christian McCaffrey scampers previous Chargers security Derwin James Jr. (3) and cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. in the course of the second half Sunday night time.

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The Chargers entered the sport with out Austin Johnson, who was misplaced for the season due to a knee damage suffered final weekend in Atlanta.

Then, on Thursday, they waived former first-round decide Jerry Tillery after his relationship with the staff deteriorated and couldn’t be resolved.

Herbert opened the sport by going 4 for 4 for 69 yards in main the Chargers to their first first-quarter landing since Week 4.

His ultimate connection coated 32 yards and went to Carter for the rating. The landing was the second of the season for Carter and first for the reason that Chargers’ season opener.

They went 75 yards in seven performs to take an early 7-0 lead, additionally the Chargers’ first of the opening quarter since Week 4. Getting into Sunday, that they had been outscored of their earlier 4 first quarters 51-3.

However the Chargers have been unable to maintain a lot after that fast begin. They’d solely two sequence that lasted longer than seven performs all night time and completed with almost a 14-minute deficit in time of possession.

“Our team competed tonight,” Staley stated. “I don’t know how you could see it any different. Our team competed against a team coming off a bye, a team that’s really, really good.”