Chargers’ quarterback Justin Herbert completed 31 of 40 passes for 298 yards with 3 touchdowns, no turnovers and a 122.7 passer rating. He was not sent off in the match.
In his second straight start, Bears rookie Tyson Bagent connected on 25 of 37 passes for 232 yards with two interceptions.
With the loss the Bears fell to 2-6.
“We didn’t play complementary football like we did last week and the last two weeks,” Eberflus said.
On the first play of the game from scrimmage, Bagnet completed a 41-yard pass down the right sideline to a diving Darnell Mooney. But the Bears were forced to punt after Bagnett was sacked by defensive end Joey Bosa on third-and-11.
“Nobody likes to lose,” Bagent said, “and we were pretty disappointed that we couldn’t build on that, especially on that drive. But in terms of what we were looking to do on that first play, we got it done, and I thought Mooney made the catch.” “Wonderful.”
Herbert followed up with touchdown passes on each of the Chargers’ first two possessions to put Los Angeles up 14-0 in the first quarter.
First, Austin Ekeler turned a screen pass into a 39-yard TD, capping a 10-play, 92-yard drive. After a second Bears punt, Herbert completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to receiver Simi Fehoko with :43 remaining in the opening period.
The Bears’ next possession ended in a turnover as Bagent’s pass intended for DJ Moore was intercepted by cornerback Ja’Sir Taylor at the Chargers’ 43.
Los Angeles converted the takeaway into a 43-yard Cameron Decker field goal, extending the margin to 17-0 midway through the second quarter. The kick came after defenseman Khaled Karim, who was activated from injured reserve on Saturday, broke up a pass over the middle. It was Herbert’s first incompletion after he connected on his first 15 passes of the game for 142 yards and two TDs.
The Bears cut the deficit to 17-7 on an 11-yard Darrenton Evans run with 1:47 remaining in the first half, capping a 14-play, 75-yard drive.
But the Chargers responded when Herbert engineered a 9-play, 75-yard drive in just 1:43 that culminated with an 11-yard TD pass to tight end Donald Parham Jr., extending their lead to 24-7 with :04 remaining in the half.
In the first half, Herbert completed 21 of 25 passes for 212 yards with three TDs and a 141.6 passer rating.
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