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Jordan Love has career day to lead Packers past Chargers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) is pressured by Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Eric Kendricks (6) during the second quarter of their game Sunday, November 19, 2023 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Jordan Love threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Romeo Doubs with 2:33 remaining, and the host Green Bay Packers held on for a 23-20 win over the visiting Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday afternoon.

Love completed 27 of 40 passes for a career-high 322 yards and two touchdowns for Green Bay (4-6). Christian Watson caught Love’s other touchdown pass and Jayden Reed rushed for a score.

Justin Herbert completed 21 of 36 passes for 260 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Los Angeles (4-6). Keenan Allen finished with 10 catches for 116 yards and a touchdown.

Green Bay lost running backs Aaron Jones and Emanuel Wilson to injuries during the game. Jones left with a knee injury and Wilson exited with a shoulder injury.

Los Angeles also lost an important starter when pass rusher Joey Bosa hobbled off the field without putting weight on his right leg. He covered his head in a towel as he was carted toward the locker room, and soon after he was ruled out for the rest of the game with a right foot injury.

The Chargers went up 13-10 early in the second half on a 26-yard field goal by Cameron Dicker.

Green Bay regained a 16-13 lead in the final seconds of the third quarter. Watson hauled in Love’s pass in the back-left corner of the end zone for an 11-yard score. Anders Carlson missed the PAT try.

The lead changed again with 5:24 left in the fourth quarter. Herbert connected with Allen for a 10-yard touchdown to put Los Angeles back on top 20-16.

Doubs capped the scoring with his go-ahead grab in the end zone. He got a step behind the Chargers’ secondary and Love lobbed a 24-yard touchdown pass into his arms.

The score was tied 10-10 at the half.

Reed scored Green Bay’s first-half touchdown on a 32-yard scamper. He took a handoff on an end-around and raced down the right sideline to make it 7-3 on the first play of the second quarter.

Stone Smartt responded for the Chargers. The tight end caught a pass around the Green Bay 30-yard line and made a defender miss on his way to the end zone for a 51-yard score.

It was the first career touchdown reception for Smartt, an undrafted free agent from 2022 out of Old Dominion.

Carlson made a 28-yard field goal in the final seconds of the half to tie the game.

–Field Level Media

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