Justin Herbert graces win over Broncos with Chargers record for TD passes in one season

LOS ANGELES – Justin Herbert appropriated a new Los Angeles Chargers branding to grace a landslide 34-13 win over the Denver Broncos, becoming the quarterback with the most touchdown passes in a season in Los Angeles franchise history. .

The second-year quarterback reached 35 touchdowns in 2021 as he connected with Mike Williams on a 45-yard pass in the fourth quarter to break the mark set by Philip Rivers in the 2008 season.

“If you are fans of history, it is not just any record,” said coach Brandon Staley after the game against the Broncos at SoFi Stadium. “If you look at the list of quarterbacks that have been in this franchise, Dan Fouts, Stan Humphries, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Hall of Famers or future members, (the feat) is incredible.

“It’s no surprise (Justin) is breaking these records because of the way he’s playing, how he’s prepared and because of the person he is,” he added.

Herbert finished with 22 completions of 31 for 237 yards and two touchdowns and had tied Rivers’ mark with his first touchdown pass of the game against the Broncos, eight yards to Keenan Allen, with whom the Chargers went up 17- 0 with 14 seconds left in the second quarter.

The 23-year-old quarterback can still set another NFL record in the final game of the regular season, the following week against the Las Vegas Raiders, if he adds three touchdown passes to reach 68 passes and outrun Dan Marino with the record. of the most TDs in his first two NFL seasons.

“I was a Chargers fan since I was a kid and all these quarterbacks that have been before me are legends and being in the same conversation is a great honor,” Herbert said.

The Chargers’ victory was combined with the results the Angelenos needed to be in control of their destiny in Week 18 and reach the Playoffs with a victory over the Raiders.

“We are on the ropes, that’s how it has been in the final stretch, and we need to continue with this rhythm towards the Playoffs. Hopefully we get there, ”said Austin Ekeler, who had 58 yards on 17 runs, including a three-yard touchdown to open the scoring in the first quarter.

“Everything will be decided in the last game, we have to go out and run and win,” he added.

Five teams have their ticket to the Postseason in the AFC and the last two places as wild cards are available to the Chargers and Indianapolis Colts, who will reach the Playoffs with victories in Week 18.