Chargers’ quarterback, Justin Herbert, secures a significant first down completion to none other than… Justin Herbert.
Ordinarily, when a quarterback manages to catch a pass deflected back toward him, the outcome tends to be less than ideal. The typical scenario involves the QB snatching the batted ball with dreams of a glorious sprint downfield. However, reality sets in as multiple defenders close in, resulting in a tackle for a loss.
Nevertheless, Los Angeles Chargers’ quarterback Justin Herbert defied the norm, even with a broken finger. In a critical third-and-five situation against the Dallas Cowboys, Herbert dropped back to pass. His delivery was swiftly batted back by DeMarcus Lawrence, but Herbert’s lightning-quick reflexes came into play as he snagged the ball. To his surprise, instead of facing a swarm of Cowboys defenders, a gap opened before him. Despite playing with a broken finger on his left, non-throwing hand, Herbert dashed ahead for a 10-yard gain and a crucial first down.
If you’re in a fantasy league, you might want to double-check the scoring for that exceptional play.
It’s not unprecedented. In a playoff game, Marcus Mariota once caught his own pass for a touchdown. While Herbert’s first down may not have been the designed play, the Chargers gladly embraced the unexpected success