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National Football League
L.A. Chargers 47, Cleveland 42
When: 4:05 PM ET, Sunday, October 10, 2021
Where: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California
Temperature: 76°
Head Official: Brad Allen
Attendance: 70240

Austin Ekeler scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns and the Los Angeles Chargers overcame a 14-point deficit in the second-half to defeat the Cleveland Browns 47-42 on Sunday at Inglewood, Calif.

It was the third time this season the Chargers have come from behind in the fourth quarter to win a game.

Justin Herbert played spectacularly, finishing with a career-high 398 passing yards and completing 26 of 43 passes. Herbert threw four touchdown passes and no interceptions. He also ran for a score.

Down 42-41 with 2:02 left at Cleveland's 48-yard line, the Chargers drove 48 yards on five plays, with Ekeler pushed into the end zone by the Browns' defense at the 1:31 mark for their offense to have enough time to retake the lead. Ekeler's run on the two-point conversion fell inches short.

On the ensuing possession, the Browns failed to get past midfield.

The Chargers improved to 4-1, while the Browns dropped to 3-2. The back-and-forth game had seven lead changes, including three in the fourth quarter.

The two teams combined for 1,024 total yards.

Mike Williams was Herbert's favorite target, finishing with eight receptions for 165 yards and two scores. Ekeler posted 66 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and also recorded five receptions for 53 receiving yards and one score.

Keenan Allen added six receptions for 75 yards on nine targets.

Chargers kicker Tristan Vizcaino missed two extra points, including one wide left that would have tied the game at 42. Vizcaino has missed four extra points this season.

Cleveland running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt combined for 222 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

Chubb finished with 161 rushing yards on 21 carries and a 52-yard touchdown, while Hunt added 61 rushing yards and two scores. The Browns averaged 6.6 yards per carry.

Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield also had a bounce-back game after a poor performance last week in a win over the Minnesota Vikings. Mayfield completed 23 of 32 passes for 305 yards and two scores. Mayfield did not throw an interception.

Tight end David Njoku led the Browns with seven receptions for 149 receiving yards, including a 71-yard run and catch for a score. Donovan Peoples-Jones added five receptions for 70 yards.

Odell Beckham Jr. finished with just two receptions for 20 yards on three targets.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Cleveland   L.A. Chargers
Nick Chubb Player Austin Ekeler
21 Attempts 17
161 Yards 66
7.7 Avg Yards 3.9
1 Touchdowns 2
52 Long 9
Cleveland   L.A. Chargers
David Njoku Player Mike Williams
7 Receptions 8
149 Yards 165
21.3 Avg Yards 20.6
1 Touchdowns 2
71 Long 72
Team Stats Summary
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Cleveland 531 230 301 5 2 0 2.0 2
L.A. Chargers 493 112 381 7 0 0 1.0 1
Upcoming Games
  • L.A. Chargers will play their next game on the road against Baltimore. The Chargers have a W/L % of .667 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Cleveland will play their next game at home against Arizona. The Browns have a W/L % of .500 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.