Chargers recap: Bolts can’t overcome penalties in 20-17 loss to the Cowboys


In a stadium filled with blue and gold, it can be difficult to see every flag thrown by the referees. But on Sunday afternoon, the pitch could just as easily have been painted yellow with the number of penalties committed by the two teams playing inside SoFi Stadium.

In total, 20 penalties were committed. Of those 20, 12 were against the Chargers. Things really came to a head in the second quarter when the Bolts were flagged eight times during an incredibly dysfunctional time.

All day, the Chargers shot themselves in the foot. Several touchdowns were taken off the table in what can only be described as one of the most horrific performances by an NFL official team that we have seen in recent memory. Combine this afternoon with some of the contest calls from last week and I wouldn’t be surprised if the majority of Chargers fans called unemployed Monday for “(alcoholic) food poisoning”.


While many understood that there was a chance the Chargers could lose to the Cowboys, no one would have believed it was because of several terrible all-time calls in officiating history.

But enough sulking. Let’s get into the recap.

1st trimester

The Cowboys entered Sunday’s game on a 21-game streak without scoring on their first try of a game. The Chargers gave them a solid by allowing their 15-game practice to end with a four-yard touchdown by Tony Pollard.

The Chargers began their first practice of the game with 20 and 22 games against Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen, respectively. On the next play, Herbert was selected by a dive Trevon Diggs who cut an intermediate road by Allen.

Three games later, Dak Prescott reversed a pass to CeeDee Lamb who sailed into the waiting arms of Asante Samuel Jr. for the rookie’s first (regular season) interception of his career. The Chargers would go 17 more yards before Tristan Vizcaino converted a 46-yard field goal to put the Bolts on the board.

With 17 seconds left in the first quarter, Ezekiel Elliott managed to come in from five yards to give the Cowboys a comfortable 14-3 lead.

Desperate for a touchdown, the Chargers responded to start the second quarter with a 10-play, 75-yard practice that was capped by a screen pass to Mike Williams that he took for 12 yards in the zone. goals.

Playing the scans on this one, Brandon Staley chose to roll the dice and go for two. Ekeler ran an indoor run to lift the Chargers to under-three.

The Los Angeles defense was able to stiffen up and forced a turnaround on the downs to its own 41-yard line.

The Bolts marched to Dallas 23. In the second and third, Allen jumped early and pushed the attack back five yards. After two failures from Herbert, Vizcaino came out to attempt a 44-yard kick. He hung it on the left and rang the bell on the left upright. To rub salt into the wound, backup tackle Trey Pipkins grabbed a defenseman’s face mask, which gave Dallas an extra 15 yards to attempt a marie salute. Crazy enough, their lonely pre-halftime game entered the 10 before Elliott was pushed out of bounds.

3rd trimester

The Chargers started the halftime with a 13-game practice that went all the way to Dallas’ 14. Two games back, Vizcaino converted a short 32-yard kick to tie the game at 14-14.

After forcing the Cowboys to kick on their first drive of the second half, Herbert orchestrated another great drive look at as if it should have ended with a 36 yard pass to Donald Parham. Unfortunately, Jared Cook was called up for detention and the ball was brought down to the Cowboys 44-yard line. In three games, Herbert increased the attack to nine but threw his second interception of the day into the end zone. Allen slipped on the targeted road and for timing reasons, Herbert let it fly before he could register that his receiver was not going to be able to get there.

4th quarter

With the score still tied, the Chargers’ defense did their job and limited the Cowboys to three points in their next practice. With 10:25 am on the clock, there was plenty of time to get off the pitch, score and get another save.

Herbert capped an eight-play streak with a 30-yard connection to Allen that brought the ball to the Dallas two. In the next play, he shot Cook on an outside road which stretched the ball over the line for the touchdown.

But then the penalty flags started to fly.

Cook was flagged for taunting, but it was an “illegal change” penalty that nullified the score. Instead of going up 21-17, the Chargers were still behind with the ball at seven.

Then the craziest game happens.

Herbert took a photo and floated left into the open space as he paced the field. Dallas linebacker Micah Parsons chased after him and before making contact with Herbert, the 6’6 passer dug an arm into Parson’s abdomen to give him some room to make a last throw. minute. Despite the ball being withdrawn and within five yards of a wide receiver, the referees declared the game dead at the 25-yard line. It was a routine game of throwing the ball and yet the referees called for an early whistle.

A 14-yard Ekeler catch wasn’t enough to convert the first and they settled in with a 29-yard Vizcaino kick.

The Cowboys then closed the door on the Chargers with an 11-game practice that ended with a winning field goal of 56 yards at the end of the time limit.

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