The San Francisco 49ers held the Los Angeles Chargers in a goalless second half as they came from behind to beat the California 22-16 opponent Sunday night.
The Niners were immediately knocked down when the Chargers scored a touchdown on their opening drive as quarterback Justin Herbert found DeAndre Carter for a 32-yard lead.
Los Angeles could have gone up to 10 points away in the first half, but the Niners’ defense has been solid all season, and they took it up a notch in the second half to let the offense do just enough for victory. .
This came in the form of Christian McCaffrey, who has been a pretty good fit since he was traded by the Carolina Panthers to join the playoff contender at NFC West. After pushing the Chargers’ second point at half, Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers’ offense paid off.
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They killed almost seven minutes of the hour and eventually made 14 games to be closed by a two-yard touchdown run in a non-compliance game for McCaffrey to take on 19-16.
The Chargers at least had opportunities to overtime and send the game into overtime, but Herbert McCaffrey got nothing after his score.
After the Chargers hit a three-pointer and forced the 49ers to punt, they fell off at their own one-yard line – NBC’s rules analyst Terry McAuley believed the Chargers should have been higher because the gunner fell back into the finish area with the ball, but that never happened – and With pressure from Nick Bosa, he returned the ball on hits that caused a shortage.
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San Fran would score a field goal, leaving less than a minute for Herbert to score a miracle victory with a touchdown. However, on his first pass attempt, he was selected by Talanoa Hufanga to finish the game.
Herbert had a tough night in San Francisco after Dre Greenlaw’s helmet-to-helmet hit sent him into the locker room before the first half was over. Chase would have finished half of Daniel Chargers as Greenlaw was ejected.
Overall, Herbert went 21 for 35 for 196 yards with a touchdown and an interception. While Mike Williams and Keenan Allen were out for it, it was once again running without top pick options.
Carter was the best receiver with 64 yards in four receptions, while Josh Palmer made three catches for 44 yards. On the ground, Austin Ekeler didn’t get far with a six 24-yard carry.
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For the Niners, Garoppolo was efficient, going 19 of 28 for 240 yards and Brandon Aiyuk catching six of those 84 yard passes to lead the team. In the running game, McCaffrey and Elijah Mitchell split, the latter for a total of 89 yards in 18 touchdowns. McCaffrey had just 38 yards in 14 carries, but made four catches for 39 yards in pass play.
McCaffrey wasn’t the only one to score a goal in a hurry, as Garoppolo sneaked a quarterback in the first half.
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Both teams will be facing the same record and primetime slots entering Week 11.
The Kansas City Chiefs head to SoFi Stadium next Sunday night to pick up the Chargers, while the 49ers will play Monday night against an NFC West rival, the Arizona Cardinals.