Chargers’ 2-point conversion with 15 seconds left delivers a 25-24 comeback win

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The Chargers trailed for most of Sunday, but they had a fourth-quarter comeback and a gutsy decision to escape Arizona with a 25-24 win. It was Los Angeles’ fourth fourth-quarter comeback of the season.

The Chargers improved to 6-5, while the Cardinals fell to 4-8.

The Chargers scored with 15 seconds remaining on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Justin Herbert to Austin Ekeler. Brandon Staley opted to go for the win with a 2-point conversion.

Isaiah Simmons lost tight end Gerald Everett, who caught the pass in the end zone for the win.

The Chargers were 7-of-11 on 2-point conversions last season but had not tried one this season.

It was an improbable victory for the Chargers and a heart-wrenching loss for the Cardinals. Arizona gained 366 yards but had two turnovers, missed a field goal and went three-and-out on three possessions in the fourth quarter after taking the lead (not counting the last one that began with 11 seconds remaining).

The Cardinals regained the lead, 24-17, with 13:31 remaining on a 6-yard touchdown reception by James Conner, but they gained only a total of 16 yards on their next three possessions.

Herbert finished 35-of-47 for 274 yards and three touchdowns. He had an interception by Zaven Collins overturned by replay in the fourth quarter. It would have given the Cardinals the ball at the Chargers 45.

DeAndre Carter caught seven passes for 73 yards and a touchdown and Keenan Allen caught 11 for 60 yards and a score.

Kyler Murray, who missed two games with a hamstring injury, completed 18 of 29 passes for 191 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Conner rushed for 120 yards on 25 carries and caught three passes for 20 yards and a touchdown but also lost a fumble.

DeAndre Hopkins caught four passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.

6 responses to “Chargers’ 2-point conversion with 15 seconds left delivers a 25-24 comeback win

  1. The dinosaur analytics haters here will forget next time Staley goes for it on 4th down and doesn’t make it that his (correct) decision to be aggressive and go for two here won them the game.

  2. Kliff and Keim aren’t going anywhere.

    Michael Bidwill just gave each of them fat 5 year extensions. Them and Murray are in AZ for the long-haul.

  3. gallopinghost says:
    November 27, 2022 at 8:22 pm
    The dinosaur analytics haters here will forget next time Staley goes for it on 4th down and doesn’t make it that his (correct) decision to be aggressive and go for two here won them the game.
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    Smart coaches use analytics for what it is, a tool, but it is NOT the be all and end all. In my humble opinion, Staley not only over uses it, he misuses it. Everything in life can be seen as a calculated risk but you need to factor in common sense and good judgement as well. The extra point after a touchdown tends to generally be easier to make than a two point conversion, so why increase your risk of missing, which in this case results in a loss. He took a much larger than necessary risk. Luckily it paid off, but that doesn’t make it a smart decision.

    How many years has the Oakland As been using analytics, this is a rhetorical question, whatever the answer is, in all that time they have yet to win a World Series. How do you measure success…?

  4. Do the same rules apply to turnover reviews as coach’s challenges regarding undisputable evidence to overturn? Because I still haven’t seen that for the two turnovers that were overturned in this game.

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