By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
Playing on a short week the Chargers went t to Kansas City to take on the AFC rival. They fell short 27-27 in front of 73,461 at Arrowhead stadium.
Justin Herbert went 33 of 48 for 334 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. It was his seventh career 300-yard passing game.
But all the talk was about his ribs. With just over 5 minutes remaining in game the three-year veteran dropped back to pass and took a shot in the ribs from Chiefs defensive end Mike Danna. He left the game for one play and Chase Daniel took over for one play giving the ball to Sony Michel for a 4-yard run.
The injury turns out to be ‘fractured cartilage’ according to head coach Brandon Staley. Right now “he’s day to day.”
After trailing 27-17 Herbert led the team on a 10-play 73- yard drive that included a 21 yard pass to Eckler, a 35- yard completion to DeAndre Carter.
He converted two fourth downs the second for a 7yard score to Joshua Palmer that cut the KC lead to three.
The onside kick was unsuccessful and that was the game.
“I think that our takeaway is that we just need to keep improving. We need to keep improving, keep working at it,” said Charger coach Brandon Staley. “At the beginning of the season, you’re still in that discovery phase. We just need to keep working at it as a group, keep improving. That’s where our focus is going to be moving forward.”
Staley also credited the defense for playing well against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense.
Derwin James and Pro Bowl corner J.C. Jackson led the team with six tackles each.
In March Jackson signed a Jackson signed a five-year contract with 40 million guaranteed.
They held Mahomes to 235 yards passing completing 24 of 35. They only gave up 92 on the ground with 18 rushes.
“Excellent job. [Mahomes] is as tough as it gets,” Staley said. “I thought our guys really competed and gave us a chance in the game. I love the way that we defended in that football game.”
CHARGER NOTES: Mike Williams had 8 receptions for 113 yards. He also caught a 16-yard TD pass from Herbert-That gives him seven TD’s and make him the all-time leader of an opponent at Arrowhead Stadium. Sunday the BOLTS host Jacksonville at So-Fi Stadium with a 1:05 kick-off the game can also be seen on Channel-2.