Chargers storm back against Falcons 33-30 in overtime thriller
ATLANTA — In a season filled with collapse after heart-breaking collapse, the Chargers finally staged a dramatic comeback of their own, upsetting the Atlanta Falcons 33-30 in overtime.
With the win, the Chargers improve to 3-4 on the season and now own their first two-game win streak since the 2014 season.
The Falcons rattled 21 unanswered points to build a 27-10 lead in the second quarter, capped off by Philip Rivers fumble returned for a touchdown. But the Chargers stormed back behind quarterback Philip Rivers and a trio of second-year player: Running back Melvin Gordon, linebacker Denzel Perryman and kicker Josh Lambo.
Gordon’s three-yard touchdown run cut the deficit to 10 heading into halftime. After the break Lambo and Falcons kicker Matt Bryant traded field goals make it 30-20 in the final quarter.
Then with six minutes to play, Rivers and Gordon connected on a five-yard touchdown pass to make it a three-point game. It was Gordon’s third touchdown of the game; he leads the NFL with 10 total touchdowns.
On the next Atlanta possession, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan – the league’s leading passer – tried to find Julio Jones – the league’s leading receiver, but Perryman jumped in a grabbed the interception.
Lambo then tied the game at 30-30 with a 33-yard field goal.
The Falcons had one last chance to win the game in regulation. Bryant, who had not missed a field goal attempt all season, came up short on a 58-yard attempt as time expired, and the game went to overtime.
Atlanta received the ball first in the extra period and faced a fourth-and-one on their own 45-yard line. But again Perryman came up with the big play, stopping Falcons running back Davonte Freeman behind the line of scrimmage to force a turnover on downs.
Six plays and 19 yards later, Lambo nailed a 42-yard field goal for the win.
Next week the Chargers head to Denver to face the Broncos (4-2), whom they beat 21-13 at Qualcomm Stadium last on Oct. 13. Kickoff is slated for 1:05 p.m.