Chargers outlast Browns with wild 47-42 victory

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The Browns and Chargers played one of the most entertaining games of the year in Week Five, with Los Angeles outlasting Cleveland for a 47-42 victory.

The Browns went into halftime up 20-13 and built a 27-13 lead with running back Nick Chubb’s 52-yard touchdown to start the third quarter. But the Chargers stayed aggressive, converting all three of their fourth-down attempts — including one from their own 24-yard line — and converted a two-point play to get back in the game.

But when the Chargers had a chance to tie it at 42, kicker Tristan Vizcaino missed his second extra point of the game.

That gave Cleveland an opportunity to ice the game with its four-minute offense and 3:08 on the clock. The Browns couldn’t do it. They punted after going three-and-out, with the Chargers taking over at the Cleveland 48 with two timeouts and 2:02 on the clock.

A 30-yard reception by tight end Jared Cook put Los Angeles in scoring position. So with time running down and the Browns with no timeouts, Cleveland’s defense pulled a unique move and pushed running back Austin Ekeler into the end zone for a go-ahead, 3-yard touchdown. It was Cleveland’s best choice of a few bad options, since the Browns had no other way to stop the clock and get the ball back.

The strategy didn’t end up leading to a score, but it at least gave Cleveland a chance. Quarterback Baker Mayfield’s deep pass on fourth-and-10 from his team’s 46 with 10 seconds left fell incomplete in the end zone. There were a few Cleveland receivers on the ground, but there were no flags.

Justin Herbert had another outstanding game, going 26-of-43 passing for 398 yards and four touchdowns. He also had a rushing touchdown. Mike Williams caught eight passes for 165 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Austin Ekeler had over 100 yards from scrimmage, too, picking up 66 yards rushing and 53 receiving with three total TDs.

The Browns netted 531 total yards in the losing performance, including 230 on the ground. Nick Chubb — who was not on the field for Cleveland’s critical drive at the three-minute mark — finished with 161 yards 21 carries. Kareem Hunt also had 61 yards rushing with a pair of touchdowns, along with five catches for 28 yards.

After a poor performance against the Vikings, Baker Mayfield bounced back by finishing 23-of-32 for 305 yards with a pair of TDs. Tight end David Njoku shattered his career-high with 149 yards receiving, including a 71-yard touchdown.

Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. caught two of his three targets for 20 yards, his one miss a fourth-down drop in the first half.

Now at 4-1, the Chargers will travel Baltimore to take on the Ravens in Week Six.

At 3-2, Cleveland comes home to face the league’s lone remaining undefeated team in the Cardinals.

But if the Chargers and Browns both look like teams who could meet again in January.

13 responses to “Chargers outlast Browns with wild 47-42 victory

  1. Bad news for the Bills tonight since the Chiefs will be motivated to win in order to keep up with the Chargers in their division.

  2. complete joke on that PI. But again. NFL GETS WHAT THEY WANT IN LA WIN, to keep the LA market interested

  3. Yeah Dolphins definitely would like a draft do-over. As would Washington – Chase Young is good but do you think they would prefer Herbert over Fitzmagic or the Heineken guy?

  4. That PI bailout for the Chargers on 4th down has to go down as one of the worst calls of the year…..Mike Williams literally pulling the defender’s jersey…..…and that was after they ruled a catch and fumble by Allen on the same drive an incompletion…….which an even quicker one was called a fumble and TD return in the Jax/Tennessee game……the NFL is almost the WWE at this point…..

  5. The refs were shocked that a Browns DB was within 10 yards of Mike Williams: See 72 and 42 yard EASY TD bombs. The Browns defender was grabbing Williams FIRST and continued to do so.

    If Keenan Allen really fumbled it, why didn’t Stefanski challenge the call? Stefanski went turtle and 3 and out after our PK bungled his SECOND PAT. And wasted time on tiny passes on the last Browns drive.

    The Chargers survived Cleveland’s best punch: dominant running as usual and hyper-efficient Baker as un-usual. Keep crying. The Chargers NEVER win close games…until Ste3ley!

  6. Browns D was terrible. Massive time of possession advantage, which meant they were fresh. Let BMW torch them for 72 and 42 yard TD bombs with no defender within 10 yards of him.

    Super Herbie KILLED IT: 4 TD passes and a TD run and clutch 4th down plays all day.

  7. saddiegochargerfan says:
    October 10, 2021 at 9:45 pm
    The refs were shocked that a Browns DB was within 10 yards of Mike Williams: See 72 and 42 yard EASY TD bombs. The Browns defender was grabbing Williams FIRST and continued to do so.

    If Keenan Allen really fumbled it, why didn’t Stefanski challenge the call? Stefanski went turtle and 3 and out after our PK bungled his SECOND PAT. And wasted time on tiny passes on the last Browns drive.

    The Chargers survived Cleveland’s best punch: dominant running as usual and hyper-efficient Baker as un-usual. Keep crying. The Chargers NEVER win close games…until Ste3ley!
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    There are these things called cameras…….although zero of them have any video evidence of the Browns DB grabbing Williams first……nice try……there are multiple angles where the camera caught Williams tugging away at the DB……just take your bailout win and be happy

  8. Super Herbie KILLED IT: 4 TD passes and a TD run and clutch 4th down plays all day.

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    Herbert had a great day, made greater with lots of help from the refs.

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