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NFL Week 11 stars: Jonathan Taylor enters MVP race; Justin Herbert exorcises Chargers demons – NFL.com


A sensational win on a bright stage for a special quarterback. And most importantly, more proof that Herbert isn’t automatically doomed by the uniform he wears.

Up 27-10 late in the third quarter on Sunday night, Los Angeles appeared well on its way to an easy win over Pittsburgh. But then, in the fourth quarter, the Chargers started to Charger: A blocked punt here, a tipped-pass pick there and a fourth-and-1 failure at their own 34-yard line. Suddenly, the Bolts found themselves trailing by three points with three minutes and change remaining.

What in the name of Mike McCoy was going on? Same old Chargers, right? Wrong! Herbert swiftly guided Los Angeles 75 yards, hitting Mike Williams for a 53-yard, go-ahead touchdown that ultimately proved to be the game-winning score.

Herbert was breathtaking all night, throwing for 381 yards and three scores, while also running for 90 yards on nine carries. He’s the first player in the Super Bowl era, per NFL Research, to post 350-plus passing yards and 90-plus receiving yards in the same game. Still just 23 years old, Herbert is doing his best to exorcise decades of Chargers demons, one week at a time.



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