The Los Angeles Chargers fell to the San Francisco 49ers 22-16 this past weekend.
Thanks in large part to the Niners’ stout pass rush giving him fits, Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert managed just 196 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 21-of-35 passing.
The 24-year-old was outplayed by 49ers star Jimmy Garoppolo, who finished with 240 yards on 19-of-28 passing.
Fortunately, this weekend wasn’t a total loss for Chargers nation. One of the community’s most beloved and popular fans, an entertprising young woman who goes by the handle “@Stop_Hammerzeit” aka “a girl with no face,” posted this to Twitter:
Understandably, fans appreciated the distraction. This isn’t the first time she has offered this service, previously going viral for an assortment of provocative messages.
Fan fun times aside, it’s hard to discern what direction this Chargers group is heading in right now. On paper they boast enough talent to do some real damage across the NFL – but for whatever reason it’s just not coming together on a consistent basis.
L.A. is just barely scraping by against basement-dwellers like the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos, and then getting thoroughly outplayed by the likes of mid-tier solid groups like the Seattle Seahawks and 49ers.
Currently the Chargers are 5-4 and second in the AFC West, but that says more about the Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders than it does about them.
Next week’s showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs will obviously be the biggest game of the year for Los Angeles. A win there puts the team at 6-4 and drops Patrick Mahomes’ squad to 7-3. In that scenario, hope for a late-season run remains alive.
After Kansas City, the only truly tough games the Chargers have on the books come against the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 11 and the Los Angeles Rams on Jan. 1.
Brittany Renner’s gym video speaks for itself. https://t.co/8vq7al5FBS
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 17, 2022
If Herbert and Co. plan to make a serious run in 2022-23, it all rests on next week’s Chiefs game.
Will he and the rest of the team give their loyal fan base something to really cheer about?
Time will tell.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.