Chargers offense goes silent in 2nd half of 22-16 loss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers couldn’t have gotten off to a much better start on offense with a touchdown drive to open the game.

After that, the shorthanded offensive faltered and had no answers against a strong San Francisco defense.

Justin Herbert and the Chargers had to keep three field goals on their last 10 drives because the running game never got off the ground and the passing game failed to produce any big plays in a 22-16 loss to the San Francisco 49ers Sunday night.

“We just didn’t execute,” Herbert said. “We had our chances. I thought the defense played great all day. They got some big stops and unfortunately we came up short. We couldn’t run if we had to be third.”

Los Angeles (5-4) came on and missed both starting tackles and starting receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, then lost first-half tight end Gerald Everett to a groin injury.

But Herbert overcame those absences early, going 4 for 4 on the opening drive, capped by a 32-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Carter.

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