The Los Angeles Chargers are still in search of their first win of the 2017 season. The Bolts dropped their third straight home game, losing to the Philadelphia Eagles 26-24 at StubHub Center. At the season’s quarter pole, the Chargers sit at 0-4, and last place in the AFC West.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers went 22-of-38 for 347 yards and two touchdowns However, the game was decided by one team’s ability to control the football. That team was the Philadelphia Eagles. Philly rushed for 214 yards and possessed the ball for over 39 minutes. Their final drive chewed up the last 6:44 of the game. Despite some late heroics, the Bolts simply ran out of time to pull off the comeback victory.
On the first possession of the game, Eagles defensive end Chris Long strip-sacked Rivers. The ball was recovered by Eagles rookie defensive end Derek Barnett, which set up an eight-yard touchdown from quarterback Carson Wentz to wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey. Eagles kicker, Jake Elliott, made a 45-yard field goal on the Eagles’ next possession. At the end of the first quarter, Philly had a 10-0 lead.
Elliott added another field goal, before the Chargers offense would awaken. Trailing 13-0 early in the second quarter, the Bolts offense connected on their biggest play of the season. Rivers threw a strike to wide receiver Tyrell Williams for a 75-yard touchdown. After the extra point, Philadelphia’s lead had been cut to 13-7.
Late in the second quarter, Rivers and wide receiver Keenan Allen connected on a 49-yard reception. It was the team’s second-longest play of 2017, and set up a 28-yard field goal by Younghoe Koo. At the half the Eagles had a 16-10 lead.
Aside from an Eagles field goal, the third quarter was relatively quiet. In the fourth, Chargers undrafted rookie running back Austin Ekeler rushed for a 35-yard touchdown that sliced the deficit to 19-17 after a Koo extra point.
While the Chargers were hoping to ride momentum, the Eagles responded with a clock-draining drive that ultimately doomed the Chargers chances. A 68-yard rush by LeGarrette Blount, along with a two-yard touchdown rush by Wendell Smallwood put the game out of reach for Los Angeles. A touchdown pass from Rivers to tight end Hunter Henry cut the lead to 26-24. However, time proved to be the enemy, instead of a friend, and the Eagles held on for the victory, improving their record to 3-1.
The Bolts Standouts
Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen caught five passes for 138 yards.
Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams finished the game with five catches for 115 yards and a touchdown.
Chargers tight-end Hunter Henry scored his first touchdown of the season.
The Chargers travel to the east coast to take on the New York Giants on Sunday, Oct. 8th at MetLife Stadium. Kickoff is at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, 1:00pm Eastern Time. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
-Mike D’Abate is the Managing Editor for cover32.com/Chargers and covers the Los Angeles Chargers. He is also a National Content Writer for cover32.com and covers the NFL.
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