Washington falls to Los Angeles Chargers, 20-16

Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera greeting his players on the field during pregame warmups prior to the start of the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (Andrew Harnik, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

In a close game, the Washington Football Team fell to the Los Angeles Chargers, 20-16.

The game kicked off Week 1 of the 2021 regular season with the Washington Football Team taking on the Los Angeles Chargers in a home game.

In the first quarter, we saw Chargers Football Running Back Austin Ekeler complete a 3-yard rush for the first touchdown of NFL Sunday. Then, Washington football player Dustin Hopkins made a 30-yard field goal, earning the team its first points of the season.

Dustin Hopkins kept up the fight, making a 43-yard field goal early in the second quarter.

Washington quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick left the game in the quarter after taking a hit from the Chargers offensive line when attempting a pass. Early reports say the veteran signal-caller suffered a hip injury and his status to return is questionable. Former Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke has since taken over quarterback duties.

At the top of the second quarter, Tristan Vizcaino put the Chargers up four points after making a 33-yard field goal.

With just 45 seconds left before halftime, Vizcaino hit from 27 yards, increasing the team’s lead to 13-6.

Hopkins quickly countered it with a 48-yard field goal, making the score 13-9.

In the third quarter, we saw Logan Thomas put Washington in the lead with a pass from Taylor Heinicke for 11 yards. But it wasn’t long before Mike Williams put the Chargers back in the lead with his pass from Justin Herbert for three yards.

The Washington Football Team will have a chance to bounce back this Thursday in a game against the New York Giants.

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Jazmine Otey joined the 10 News team in February 2021.