Chargers hand Titans fourth straight loss on late field goal

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Justin Herbert passed for 313 yards and Cameron Dicker made a 43-yard field goal with four seconds remaining as the Los Angeles Chargers pulled off a 17-14 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at Inglewood, Calif.

It was Dicker’s third game-winning field goal this season, although one came as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

On a day dominated by both defenses, the Chargers (8-6) did just enough on offense to help their playoff prospects, moving into an AFC wild-card spot.

After the Titans tied the game 14-14 on a 1-yard sneak by Ryan Tannehill with 48 seconds remaining, Herbert engineered a 52-yard drive for the game-winning kick.

Herbert completed 28 of 42 passes and did not throw for a touchdown for just the second time this season. He also threw two interceptions for the first time in 17 games going back to last season.

Tannehill was 15 of 22 for 165 yards and an interception while playing through a right ankle injury he sustained on the first offensive series of the game. Malik Willis played quarterback for one series. Derrick Henry rushed for 104 yards and a TD for Tennessee (7-7), which dropped its fourth straight result.

The Chargers appeared headed toward a promising offensive day when they drove 68 yards on 14 plays during their first possession, getting a 1-yard TD run from Joshua Kelley with 4:25 remaining in the opening quarter.

Immediately after Tannehill returned from his injury, with a heavily-taped ankle, he led the Titans on a six-play, 63-yard drive that ended with Henry’s 4-yard TD run.

After Tennessee’s Randy Bullock missed a 51-yard field-goal attempt with 13:39 remaining, the Chargers embarked on a 59-yard scoring drive.

Herbert hit Keenan Allen on a 31-yard pass two plays before Austin Ekeler powered his way into the end zone from 3 yards out for his ninth rushing TD of the season and a 14-7 lead with 10:28 remaining.

Tennessee got the ball with 2:57 remaining at their own 26-yard line as Tannehill engineered a game-tying drive.

With the loss, the Titans’ grip on first place in the AFC South was reduced to one game over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

–Field Level Media

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