The Bolts are now 4-4 after getting a 27-6 road win over the Jets on Monday Night Football.
Here is a game recap from Week 9:
Derwin James, Jr., Keenan Allen and Sebastian Joseph-Day were the Chargers captains. The Jets won the toss and elected to defer as the Bolts started on offense. The Chargers began with the ball and went three-and-out before the Jets offense did the same. But Derius Davis brought the juice early with an 87-yard punt return for a score — his first NFL touchdown and the longest punt return in the NFL this season.
The Bolts defense then made a splash play of their own as Alohi Gilman stripped the ball from Garrett Wilson in Bolts territory as James pounced on the loose ball to recover.
The Chargers couldn't take advantage and were forced to punt, but the defense forced another turnover when Joey Bosa had a strip-sack on Zach Wilson and also recovered the fumble at midfield.
The Bolts got points off turnovers this time around as the Bolts converted twice on third down to get down to the 1-yard line, where Austin Ekeler finished off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.
The Chargers defense kept up their strong start by forcing a three-and-out to give the offense the ball back with a 14-0 lead.
The Bolts drove into Jets territory and were on the cusp of field goal range but a sack and incomplete pass ended the threat as the Chargers punted it away. The Bolts defense forced yet another three-and-out as the offense began at its own 25. But the unit was forced to punt after another sack allowed as the Jets took over at their own 45. New York got on the board with just under 6 minutes left in the quarter with a 47-yard field goal. The Bolts offense was forced to punt again after another three-and-out as the Jets got the ball back. But Tuli Tuipulotu ended New York's ensuing drive with a sack at the 2-minute warning to give the ball back to the Chargers offense.
The teams traded punts in the final 2 minutes of the half before Davis ripped off a 17-yard punt return to give the Bolts the ball at their own 42 with 17 seconds left. Justin Herbert hit Keenan Allen for a pair of passes to set up a 55-yard field goal try from Cameron Dicker, who drilled it. The Bolts led 17-3 at halftime.
The Jets hit a 31-yard pass play to open the half and get into Chargers territory. But the Bolts defense stood tall as Khalil Mack notched a sack before Bosa and Morgan Fox split one on third down to push the Jets toward a 46-yard field goal try, which was good. The Bolts led 17-6 with just under 10 minutes to play in the third quarter. The Chargers went three-and-out on their ensuing drive as they punted it away again. The Jets put together a drive that got into Bolts territory but Bosa came up with a big third-down sack on Wilson to push New York out of field goal range. The Bolts led 17-6 going into the fourth quarter.
The Bolts began with the ball at their own 12 and put together a lengthy drive that both chewed up the clock and ended with points. The highlight of the drive was a sensational catch from Allen that picked up 23 yards and also put the Bolts wide receiver over the 10,000-yard mark for his career.
The Chargers drive ended with a 38-yard field goal from Dicker as the Bolts extended their lead to 20-6. And while the Bolts only settled for a field goal on their 68-yard sequence that lasted 16 plays, the drive also chewed up more than 8 minutes off the clock. The Jets offense did nothing on their ensuing drive as Tuipulotu sacked Wilson on third down for the team's sixth sack of the night. The Chargers punted on their ensuing possession but Mack had a strip-sack on Wilson that Gilman returned to the 2-yard line. Ekeler punched it in on the next play to give the Bolts a 27-6 lead.
The Chargers put their reserves in on defense to close out the game and the group came up with a goal line stand in the final seconds. The Bolts scored a 27-6 win and improved to 4-4 on the season.
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