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The Bolts are now 2-3 after falling to Dallas by the score of 20-17 on Monday Night Football.

Here's the game recap from Week 6:

First Quarter

Derwin James, Jr., Keenan Allen and Sebastian Joseph-Day were the Chargers captains. The Bolts won the toss and elected to defer as they started on defense. Dallas started at its own 22-yard line and went nowhere as Khalil Mack picked up a third-down sack to force a three-and-out.

Derius Davis provided a spark with a 26-yard punt return that put the ball at the Dallas 42-yard line. Justin Herbert hit Gerald Everett and Austin Ekeler for chunk plays to get inside the 5-yard line before the quarterback found Keenan Allen for a 1-yard touchdown and an early 7-0 lead.

The Cowboys quickly responded as Dallas marched down the field before eventually facing fourth-and-1 at the Chargers 18. Dallas kept its offense on the field as Dak Prescott scampered in for an 18-yard touchdown run to even the score. The Bolts offense took the field and went three-and-out as Herbert couldn't connect with Everett on third down while being wrapped up. Dallas drove into Chargers territory but threw incomplete on third down as they punted it away. The Bolts began on their own 2 with just under two minutes to play in the first quarter but picked up a first down to move the chains as the quarter came to a close.

Second Quarter

The Chargers faced third-and-5 from their own 21 before Herbert made a fantastic play by catching a batted pass and gaining 10 yards for a first down.

A pair of Dallas penalties put the Chargers into Cowboys territory but Herbert and Allen couldn't connect in third-and-8 from the 42 as the Bolts were forced to punt it away. Dallas took over on their own 12 after the punt but went three-and-out as the Chargers started at their own 32. But the Bolts couldn't get much going as they also went three-and-out to force their third punt of the game. Dallas moved into Bolts territory after a personal foul before the Cowboys then converted on third-and-8 to get down to the 22. The Cowboys faced another fourth-and-1 in the red zone, this time at the 13, but Prescott's quarterback sneak was stuffed as the Bolts took over on downs.

Herbert hit Joshua Palmer for 26 yards to get the drive going just before the 2-minute warning. Herbert and Palmer then connected for 11 to get to midfield but a holding call moved the Bolts back 10 yards. The Chargers faced third-and-14 but Herbert's deep attempt to Quentin Johnston was incomplete as his arm was hit on the pass. Dallas took over at its own 29 after the punt with 59 seconds left in the half. The Cowboys moved past midfield but a personal foul on the Bolts helped move the ball inside the red zone. Dallas kicked a 32-yard field goal as the half expired as the Bolts trailed 10-7 at the break.

Third Quarter

The Bolts started at their own 25 and showed signs of life on offense, picking up three first downs to get into Dallas territory. Herbert then hit Allen for 19 yards to put the Chargers into the red zone but the unit faced fourth-and-1 at the Dallas 7. The Bolts kept their offense on the field but Herbert's throe to Palmer in the end zone was knocked away as the Chargers turned the ball over on downs. But the Bolts defense stood tall as Fox tallied his second sack of the game to force a quick three-and-out. Davis' punt return into Dallas territory meant the Chargers started at the 49. Herbert hung tough on third-and-6 from the 45 when he fought through a muddied pocket to hit Allen for 23 yards. Herbert then kept the ball and picked up four yards on third-and-1 to get the Bolts inside the 10-yard line, but the drive stalled out as Cameron Dicker hit a 24-yard field goal to tie the game at 10 with just over a minute left in the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter

The Cowboys had third-and-11 at their own 24 to start the quarter and hit a 60-yard pass play. Prescott escaped pressure and found Tony Pollard over the middle as the running back broke a tackle to pick up an extra 45 yards. Dallas eventually moved to the 3-yard line before scoring on a 2-yard touchdown pass as the Bolts trailed 17-10. The Chargers were hurt by a pair of holding calls and punted it away, but recovered a rolling punt that was initially touched by Dallas. The Bolts took over at the Dallas 20 and Allen drew a pass interference call right away that moved the ball to the 5-yard line. The Chargers faced fourth-and-goal from the 1 before Herbert found a wide-open Everett for a 1-yard TD pass to tie the game at 17.

The Bolts sacked Prescott on second down to create third-and-18, but a penalty on the Chargers gave Dallas a critical first down. The Cowboys then faced third-and-6 at their own 49 but Dallas converted again for 18 yards. The Chargers couldn't get off the field again on third down as Dallas converted on third-and-9 at the Bolts 32. Dallas eventually hit a 39-yard field goal to take a 20-17 lead with 2:19 to play. The Bolts picked up five yards on a Dallas penalty before Herbert scrambled for 3 yards to make it second-and-2 at the 2-minute warning. But Herbert was sacked on second down before throwing an interception on third down. The Chargers are now 2-3.

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