Sunday Night Football: 49ers dominate Chargers in second half to win 22-16

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It wasn’t as easy as many thought it would be as the banged-up Chargers put up a fight on Sunday Night Football. But the 49ers held the Chargers to 52 yards in the second half and outscored them 12-0 after trailing at halftime to win 22-16.

Both teams now are 5-4.

The Chargers trailed 19-16 when they forced a punt with 2:12 left, but Mitch Wishnowsky‘s punt landed at the 1-yard line. Samuel Womack downed it but eventually stepped into the end zone.

Officials marked it at the 1, though NBC rules analyst Terry McAulay argued it should have been a touchback.

Justin Herbert threw two incompletions, completed a 7-yard pass to Tre McKitty and then threw another incompletion on fourth-and-three. The 49ers, though, couldn’t score the clinching touchdown, settling for a 20-yard Robbie Gould field goal with 1:00 to play to give the Chargers one last comeback try.

On the first play from scrimmage after the ensuing kickoff, Herbert had his arm hit by Charles Omenihu and Talanoa Hufanga intercepted the duck for his fourth pick of the season.

The Chargers partially blocked a punt, forced a Brandon Aiyuk fumble, had six tackles for loss and held the 49ers to two touchdowns in five red zone trips. They also did a decent job on Christian McCaffrey, who had 38 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and four catches for 39 yards, and Deebo Samuel, who had four carries for 27 yards and two catches for 24 yards.

But Los Angeles had to settle for three Cameron Dicker field goals in the first half after reaching the San Francisco 29, 7 and 21.

Herbert went 21-of-35 for 196 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Chargers, who were missing leading wideouts Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, had 238 yards.

Jimmy Garoppolo completed 19 of 28 passes for 240 yards, and Aiyuk had six catches for 84 yards. Elijah Mitchell returned to gain 89 yards on 18 carries as the 49ers rushed for 157 yards.

19 responses to “Sunday Night Football: 49ers dominate Chargers in second half to win 22-16

  1. Rule #1 Never buy into the hype and underestimate your opponents. Props to the Chargers for coming out swinging.

    With the way the Niners stumbled out the start gate I had my concerns but that relentless run game and pass rush saved us once again.

    So long as they stay healthy this team has all the pieces to win the division.

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  2. Over/under on Jimmy G’s season ending injury? Going with week 14… and that’s charitable…

  3. Watched the whole thing but I wasn’t really convinced that the 49ers can actually hang with the really good teams in the NFL.

    Yes they won and the run game looked impressive but consider these three items:

    1) The run game really didn’t get going until the Charges were down to 3-4 operational defensive linemen. And those guys were mostly the reserves.
    2) The top 4 receivers for the Charges weren’t available to play.
    3) And despite all of the above the 49ers only took the lead in the 4th and only won by 6.

    Yes it’s a win (and in the NFL that’s all that counts) but in any way shape or form convincing? Nope far from it.

  4. Niners look pretty good. And they sit pretty in their division. It’s all in their hands. Even after all the off-season fiasco regarding the QB position. Herbert continues to have you wanting more from him. Sure he balls out against the Chiefs in prime time but you want consistent production against all opponents. As a Dolphins fan the Chargers fan base keeps thanking us for taking Tua and to that I say you’re welcome, we’re happy here, hopefully you are as well. Winning matters, regardless of fantasy stats.

  5. 49ers still don’t have that 2019 mojo where everything is just humming, but they have the horses to make a playoff run. Jimmy looked good and made smart decisions. It looks like his arm is better and he is getting a lot more on balls when he is throwing on the move. Their ceiling is very high and now their floor is pretty high too-even on an off night they can beat a depleted Chargers team that still has some stars on the field and is playing for the playoffs.

  6. DOMINATE????? Are you serious? The chargers were missing 4 of their top 5 WR’s and the defense was depleted. You can’t make excuses as the next man up mentality apples of course. But let’s not use words like dominated when in actuality the game could have gone either way right to the end. Come on man. The adjectives used on this page for average performances needs to stop, it makes it sound like you have no idea what you are talking about. Sorry I’m still trying to process DOMINATE.

  7. Sunday Night Football is becoming like Thursday Night, a real snooze fest. I didn’t watch this past Thursday’s game because statistically it was going to be boring, and then last nights game brought ZZZZZZ’s… What a drag..

  8. Staley needs to start feeling some heat because Chargers should be better than they are. Herbert has regressed and they’re on their way to something around 9-8 or 8-9 in a division where 4 of their games are against Raiders/Broncos.

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