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2020 Schedule
1-1, 3rd in AFC West
Should Herbert be the Chargers' starting QB? (1:16)
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Herbert scores two TDs in NFL debut (1:03)
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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said he found out Tyrod Taylor had suffered chest pains that required him to go to the hospital after the coin toss, prompting him to tell Justin Herbert he's starting. On who will be the starting QB moving forward: "I'm gonna wait and see what type of health Tyrod is in. If he's 100 percent ready to go, he's our starter. But I know Justin can pick up the slack."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chargers had 1st and goal on the Chiefs' 4-yard line after a slick run by Justin Herbert, but they had to settle for a field goal, and Patrick Mahomes marched his team 63 yards upfield to set up the tying field goal as time expired. The Chargers had a similar missed opportunity in the red zone in Week 1 and were fortunate that it didn't lead to a loss.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

A big key heading into this game for the Chargers was going to be keeping plays in front of them. They had done a good job of that — until Tyreek Hill gained just enough separation for a 54-yard touchdown catch. An improbable throw by Patrick Mahomes, who threw off one foot while rolling to his right.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rayshawn Jenkins (groin) is questionable to return, yet another hit to a Chargers secondary that has suffered a season-ending injury to Derwin James. Desmond King has been getting the snaps at strong safety in his place.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Herbert — not Patrick Mahomes — with the throw of the day so far, a 25-yard bullet between two defenders to Keenan Allen, converting a 3rd and 10 and setting up a field goal to put the Chargers up 17-6.

Herbert rushes for first career NFL TD (0:18)
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Herbert throws first career NFL TD pass (0:22)
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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Melvin Ingram was with the Chargers' defense to begin the second half, some much-needed good news.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chargers out-gained the Chiefs, 301-137, in the first half. It marked only the second time since the start of 2018 that the Chiefs had been held to single digits in the first half. Justin Herbert was 13 of 20 for 195 yards and two TDs, one on the ground. Austin Ekeler picked up 117 yards from scrimmage. Patrick Mahomes completed one pass — one! — to a wide receiver.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers DE Melvin Ingram limped off the field and appeared to be favoring his right knee. It's Week 2, and the Chargers already can't afford many more injuries to key starters.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Moments after Tyrod Taylor was officially ruled out, Justin Herbert threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Jalen Guyton in the corner of the end zone, giving the Chargers a 14-6 lead with 2:30 left in the first half. Some nice zip on that pass from Herbert.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Herbert took a big hit by Chiefs LB Damien Wilson just before reaching the sideline but got right back up. Wilson is the one who was slow to get up.

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Bolts' Herbert impresses in debut with Taylor out

Justin Herbert, making his NFL debut on Sunday as a last-minute starter for the Chargers, threw for 311 yards and accounted for two touchdowns as Los Angeles nearly took down Kansas City.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers RT Bryan Bulaga has a knee injury and is questionable to return, yet another injury for an offensive line that will be without C Mike Pouncey (hip) for the season.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyrod Taylor has a chest injury, the team says, and he is questionable to return. Taylor was not on the field for the Chargers in the moments leading up to the game, prompting Justin Herbert to start, but jogged out of the tunnel while the offense was driving up the field. He is sitting on the bench next to one of the Chargers' staff members.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

What it looked like when the Chargers officially took the field at SoFi Stadium for the first time ...

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

RB Justin Jackson (quad) is inactive for the Chargers, as expected. That means we'll see a lot more of Joshua Kelley in place of, or alongside, Austin Ekeler today. Other inactives: WR Jason Moore, CB Tevaughn Campbell, T Storm Norton, TE Donald Parham, DT Cortez Broughton.

Cousins or Rivers face off to get into the win column (1:01)
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Spears, Clark easily choose Chiefs over Chargers (1:02)
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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's what Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said about the Chiefs' offense: "They don't do a whole lot, but what they do they do really well. Andy (Reid) and Eric (Bieniemy), they do a good job of simulating looks — making it look one way and it's another way. It's a complicated offense. And when you throw that speed in there, that's just something you can't coach."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers RB Justin Jackson (quad) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game, which means you can expect to see a lot more of Joshua Kelley behind Austin Ekeler. RG Trai Turner (knee) and DE Joey Bosa (triceps) practiced in full on Friday and will play.

Team Stats

Passing Yards207.024th
Rushing Yards155.06th
Points For16.0Tied-28th
Points Against13.030th

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