49ers vs. Chargers score: San Francisco defense Justin Herbert stops LA offense en route to victory

The San Francisco 49ers are over .500 on the season at 5-4 after beating the Los Angeles Chargers 22-16. Kyle Shanahan’s team trailed at the half, but enjoyed a dominant run in the final two quarters, scoring 12 points while the defensive side of the ball kept Lose scoreless en route to victory.

San Francisco took the lead midway through the fourth quarter when Christian McCaffrey capped a 14-play, 77-yard drive with a goal-line touchdown. After taking the lead for the first time in the game, the defense continued to shut down Justin Herbert and the rest of the Chargers’ offense, allowing just 10 yards of total offense on their last three drives, forcing Herbert to shut down.

Garoppolo finished 19-of-28 through the air for 240 yards. Brandon Iuk was his go-to target, catching six and a half of his seven targets for 84 yards. Meanwhile, Elijah Mitchell led the Niners’ rushing attack, racking up 89 yards on the ground at a clip of 4.9 yards per carry. As for McCaffrey, he recorded 77 yards from scrimmage with that rushing touchdown.

Herbert, on the other hand, completed 21 of 35 for 196 yards, a touchdown and an interception. DeAndre Carter led all Chargers pass-catchers with 64 yards through the air.

From here, the 49ers prepare for an international matchup with the Arizona Cardinals at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. As for the Chargers, they will head back to Sophie Stadium and await the Kansas City Chiefs for an AFC West showdown in prime time.

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