The 49ers are next for the Chargers after an emotional win in Atlanta
November 10, 2022
The injury riddled Los Angeles Chargers have had to fight and grind through victories while they try to
overcome the plethora of injuries suffered this season. The emotional toll was on display in the Chargers
come-from-behind 20-17 road victory over the Atlanta Falcons. A 37-yard field goal by recently signed
kicker Cameron Dicker gave the Chargers a much-needed win in their fight to make the playoffs.
After Dicker’s kick went through the uprights, the Chargers celebrated as if they had just won a
playoff game. The win was that significant and that emotional. The Chargers are playing without their
two starting wide receivers, both out with injuries. Wide receiver Jalen Guyton is out for the season with
an ACL knee injury. Tight end Donald Parham is on the injured reserve with a hamstring pull.
Pro bowl left tackle Rashawn Slater is on the injured reserve. During the game, right tackle Trey
Pipkins left the game with a knee injury. Quarterback Justin Herbert has been playing through a cracked
rib cartilage. On the defensive side of the ball, defensive tackle Austin Johnson left with an injury and is
done for the season. He suffered an MCL sprain and fracture to his left knee.
The Chargers had already lost pro bowl cornerback J.C. Jackson to a season ending knee injury and
pro bowl linebacker Joey Bosa to a groin injury. Dicker was brought in last Thursday to replace injured
kicker Dustin Hopkins. He also connected on a 31-yard field goal with 5:27 left in the game to tie the
score at 17-17. The victory for the Chargers improved their record to 5-3 for the season. The Falcons fell
to 4-5 for the season.
Charger head coach Brandon Staley talked about the emotions of the game in his Monday press
conference. “I thought, in the fourth quarter, we had our best stuff,” said Staley. “We fell behind early,
but we were able to stay calm. I felt like our team really did not flinch after that start. Then, just really
got back on track in that second quarter. I really felt like we finished the game, and that’s always what
you want, no matter who is playing, is that you finished the game well.”
Herbert moved in the pocket better and outside the pocket than at any time since his injury in Week
2. That helped the offense. Staley talked about the importance of that in his press conference. “You
change the math when you can move your legs”, Staley said. “Now, it’s 11-on-11.”
Dicker was named the AFC special teams’ player of the week. Wide receiver Michael Bandy came off
the practice squad to catch five passes from Herbert. The Chargers got contributions from everyone, and
they will need more this Sunday when they take on the 49ers on Sunday Night football. The game will be
played in San Francisco, starting at 5:20 PM and will be televised nationally on NBC.
The NFL also announced that the game scheduled for Sunday, November 20 th with the Kansas City
Chiefs, has been moved to Sunday Night. It will start at 5:20 PM and will also be televised nationally on