The Los Angeles Chargers were able to overcome the Kansas City Chiefs in their week 3 matchup on Sunday, taking the game 30-24 after quarterback Justin Herbert threw a game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Williams with 32 seconds to go in the game.
Following the win, Williams told NBC Sports that Head Coach Brandon Staley wanted the team to run the ball and burn enough time off the clock to put Kansas City in a tough spot. However, Herbert decided to audible, telling Williams to “watch the fade” in the huddle before the play.
The win can be traced back to Staley’s decision to not attempt a field goal with a minute remaining in a tie game with less than a minute to go. He elected to put the ball in his 23-year-old second-year quarterback, and he delivered, earning the Chargers multiple 1st downs and an eventual touchdown.
“We wanted to leave the ball in Justin’s hands,” Staley said after the game. “We wanted him to be the game decider.”
Herbert finished the game 26/38 for 281 yards, including four touchdowns and zero interceptions (a QB rating of 75.3).
“We’re fortunate we have a gangsta quarterback,” Staley said of the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year.
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