Justin Herbert’s talent was too much for the Eagles’ defense during Philly’s 2021 showdown with Los Angeles.
Justin Herbert finally found his opportunity in 2020 as the Los Angeles Chargers starter following an unusual and unfortunate injury to then-starter Tyrod Taylor who was unable to play in Week 2 versus the Kansas City Chiefs in 2020 when the team’s doctor accidentally punctured his lung.
Amazingly, with no real preparation, Herbert had his team in a position to win all afternoon, but eventually, the better team came out on top. The Chargers would fall in overtime via a 23-20 final score.
Herbert’s performance would put him on the national radar as he threw for 311 yards, one passing touchdown, and one rushing touchdown while only tossing one interception.
The Oregon native never relinquished the starting role for the rest of the season. He broke several passing records and ended the campaign with 4,336 passing yards and 31 touchdowns versus ten interceptions. Herbert would earn AP Offensive Rookie of the Year for his efforts in 2020.
Even with a new coaching staff in 2021, the Chargers quarterback kept on rolling as he threw for 5,014 yards, 38 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. He became the first quarterback in LAC’s history to throw for over 5,000 yards.
The Eagles had a front row set to the Herbert show in 2021, as he sneaked away with a 27-24 victory at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 8. Despite all his success, the young Chargers quarterback has not clinched a spot in the playoffs in his two years in the NFL, but his day may be coming.