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NFL Week 12 Game Recap: Los Angeles Chargers 25, Arizona Cardinals 24

Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) scores a touchdown against Arizona Cardinals linebacker Isaiah Simmons (9) in the second half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals welcomed back quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver Marquise Brown this week, but their return was spoiled by the Los Angeles Chargers, who pulled out a thrilling 25-24 victory.

Los Angeles scored what seemed to be the game-tying touchdown with 15 seconds left. However, head coach Brandon Staley decided to go for 2, and quarterback Justin Herbert found tight end Gerald Everett to pull off the victory.

With the win, the Chargers move to 6-5 on the season as they push for a playoff spot. Meanwhile, the Cardinals fall to 4-8, and a playoff berth looks unlikely.

Offensive spotlight: Murray's return may have drawn the spotlight, but Herbert was the better quarterback on Sunday. The third-year signal-caller finished with an 81.3 grade on first review, completing 75% of his passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner.

Defensive spotlight: Derwin James caused two turnovers in the win — one interception and one forced fumble that Sebastian Joseph-Day recovered. James allowed only a 58.3 passer rating when targeted on the day. 

Rookie spotlight: Myjai Sanders impressed on limited snaps. Arizona’s third-round edge defender picked up four pressures on 21 pass-rushing snaps, good for a 19.1% pressure rate. The former Cincinnati Bearcat also tallied a career-high 23.8% pass-rush win rate against the Chargers.

Offensive line spotlight: On 32 pass-blocking snaps, Arizona didn’t allow a single sack and only gave up four pressures. The Cardinals’ 12.5% pressure rate allowed was their second-lowest figure all season. Both offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum and center Billy Price kept a clean sheet on 32 pass-blocking snaps.

Box Score

Passing
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Justin Herbert 28.8 35 / 47 274 5.8 3 0 4 109.7
ARIZONA CARDINALS 
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Kyler Murray 26.2 18 / 29 191 6.6 2 1 1 89.9
Rushing
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Justin Herbert 28.8 4 38 9.5 0 23 0
Austin Ekeler 25.0 5 20 4.0 0 9 0
Joshua Kelley 4.0 2 4 2.0 0 4 0
Isaiah Spiller 1.5 2 3 1.5 0 3 0
ARIZONA CARDINALS
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Kyler Murray 26.2 7 56 8.0 1 18 0
James Conner 25.0 25 120 4.8 0 20 1
Keaontay Ingram 0.5 2 5 2.5 0 4 0
Receiving
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Austin Ekeler 25.0 15 11 60 4.0 1 12
DeAndre Carter 20.3 10 7 73 7.3 1 33
Keenan Allen 15.9 7 5 49 7.0 1 16
Joshua Palmer 10.6 7 5 56 8.0 0 18
Gerald Everett 7.8 4 4 18 4.5 0 10
Joshua Kelley 4.0 3 2 16 5.3 0 11
Isaiah Spiller 1.5 1 1 2 2.0 0 2
ARIZONA CARDINALS
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
James Conner 25.0 3 3 20 6.7 1 9
DeAndre Hopkins 18.7 6 4 87 14.5 1 33
Marquise Brown 10.6 8 6 46 5.8 0 13
Robbie Anderson 2.7 3 1 17 5.7 0 17
Corey Clement 1.8 1 1 8 8.0 0 8
Andre Baccellia 1.7 1 1 7 7.0 0 7
A.J. Green 1.5 2 1 5 2.5 0 5
Trey McBride 1.1 3 1 1 0.3 0 1

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