In the debut of head coach Brandon Staley, the Chargers took care of business against Washington.
It wasn’t pretty considering the game was full of head-scratching turnovers and penalties, but quarterback Justin Herbert and company dominated a very good defense and controlled the time of possession.
On the other hand, Los Angeles’ defense kept Washington’s offense in check for the most part, holding them to only two trips to the red zone.
After the Bolts picked up their first victory of the season, here’s a look at how social media reacted:
Justin Herbert is a star. Forget his stats. His receivers dropped seven balls, including two TD’s. Another one hit a guy in the helmet. Bad calls too. Still won on the road.
— Elliot Harrison (@HarrisonNFL) September 12, 2021
The Los Angeles Chargers defeated the referees, 20-16.
— Bolt Beat (@BB_Chargers) September 12, 2021
Keenan Allen is great. Justin Herbert is clutch.
Great aggressive play calling on this last drive for the Chargers. That’s how you end a game.
What a start for Brandon Staley and Joe Lombardi. Absolutely earned this one. #BoltUp
— Daniel Wade (@dantalkssports) September 12, 2021
Rashawn Slater was incredible
The Derwin James impact
Keenan Allen slayed
Mike Williams impressed
Nwosu and White shined
Vizcaino didn’t miss
Justin Herbert balled
ASJ looked good
ZERO major special teams gaffs
Coach Staley stayed aggressive
— Dan W. (@ChargersHomer) September 12, 2021
— #Chargers (1-0) (@BoltsCity1) September 12, 2021
That was the least Chargers-like ending to a game I can remember.
— Richard Wade (@RichardWade) September 12, 2021
HUGE congrats to Coach Brandon Staley, his staff, and these #Chargers players! First #NFL game as a head coach and they get the win on the road against a very solid #WFT. This team has an opportunity to be really good, and they are building it the right way!@LAFBNetwork | #LAFB
— Ryan Dyrud (@RyanDyrudLAFB) September 12, 2021
I’m proud of my team . Herbert is a special player . Props in order for the chargers … but I think my WFT played a great game .
— Wale (@Wale) September 12, 2021
— Ricky (1-0) (@PositivelyBoltd) September 12, 2021
— Jason Dill (@TRICHERATOPS_) September 12, 2021