Rookie Justin Herbert got a surprise first NFL start for the Los Angeles Chargers and led them to a touchdown on his first drive against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Herbert drove the Chargers 79 yards in eight plays after the opening kickoff, culminating in his 4-yard run. Herbert, the sixth overall pick in the draft, got the start when Tyrod Taylor suffered a chest injury before the game.
Herbert’s score was the first rushing touchdown by a Chargers quarterback in nine years.
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert became the first to throw a touchdown pass and run for a score in the first half of an NFL debut since Bobby Clatterbuck did it with the New York Giants in 1954.
Herbert was pressed into duty with a surprise start against Kansas City after Tyrod Taylor suffered a chest injury before the game.
Herbert, the No. 6 pick overall this year, scored on a 4-yard run on his first drive. He had a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Guyton with 2:30 left in the second quarter.
Herbert helped Los Angeles lead the defending Super Bowl-champion Chiefs 14-6 at halftime after completing 13 of 20 passes for 195 yards with a touchdown.
The Kansas City Chiefs are down a few players, adding another challenge to coming back in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark (illness), cornerback Antonio Hamilton (groin) and running back Darrel Williams (ankle) are questionable to return in the fourth quarter Sunday.
The Chargers scored first and have stayed ahead, taking a 17-9 lead into the fourth against Kansas City.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins walked off the field in the fourth quarter after taking a hit to the head against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Watkins made an 11-yard catch to convert a third down when Desmond King started to bring him down and Denzel Perryman landed a helmet-to-helmet hit. A penalty was not called on the play.
On the same drive, the Chiefs pulled into a 17-all tie after Patrick Mahomes threw a 54-yard pass to Tyreek Hill.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers needed more than four quarters to play, providing an early-season treat for NFL fans.
The Chargers scored first and did not trail during regulation, but they couldn’t stop Patrick Mahomes from making plays late in the game.
Mahomes threw the ball and ran it at times to set up Harrison Butker’s game-tying, 30-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter.
Harrison Butker made a 58-yard field goal in overtime, lifting the Kansas City Chiefs to a 23-20 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
Butker kicked the ball through the uprights three times at the end of the game on Sunday. A false start negated a 53-yard field goal he made. And just after Los Angeles called a timeout in an attempt to rally the kicker, Butker made a 58-yard field goal that didn’t count.
The third time was a charm as he made another field goal to give the defending Super Bowl champions their only lead Sunday against the Chargers.