INGLEWOOD, Calif. – At last, a victory.
Justin Herbert reached a few milestones in his first four NFL starts. The Los Angeles Chargers quarterback didn't accomplish the one thing that mattered most: leading his team to a win.
Herbert had another superlative game Sunday, this time in a winning effort. The rookie threw for a season-high 347 yards and three touchdowns as well as running for a score as the Chargers defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 39-29 to snap a four-game losing streak.
“I think we put together a full game,” said Herbert, who completed 27 of 43 passes. “It's an awesome feeling especially considering how the past couple games have gone. It got dicey when they blocked that punt in the third quarter, but we never got down on ourselves.”
Herbert, the sixth overall pick in April's draft, also rushed for 66 yards, a single-game high for a Chargers QB. He also joined Cincinnati's Joe Burrow as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history with 300 yards, at least three passing TDs, and one rushing in a game. Burrow did that earlier Sunday in the Bengals' 37-34 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
The Chargers (2-4) squandered a double-digit lead for the fourth time in five games, but this time were able to rally. The Jaguars were ahead 29-22 late in the third quarter when Los Angeles regained control by scoring the final 17 points.
Herbert connected with Jalen Guyton for a 70-yard touchdown up the right sideline to tie it. Four plays after Tevaughn Campbell forced Dede Westbrook’s fumble the ensuing kickoff — Troymaine Pope recovered at the Jaguars 19 — Herbert scrambled around right end from 5 yards to put the Chargers in front 36-29. Michael Badgley would tack on a field goal to extend the margin by more than one score.
“He was a major contributor He delivered the ball and created with his feet. He extended drives and showed versatility,” said Lynn of Herbert. “We needed that win in a bad way as a team. I'm glad we got it done, but man, we have a lot of work to do.”