Cardinals vs. Chargers score: Justin Herbert, Brandon Staley deliver a last-minute victory in Arizona

The Cardinals controlled Sunday’s game against the Chargers for a large chunk of the afternoon, dominating on the ground while Kyler Murray made his return from injury with a couple of big throws to DeAndre Hopkins. None of it mattered in the end, however, as Justin Herbert and Brandon Staley delivered in crunch time for Los Angeles. The former threw three touchdowns on a busy day through the air, while Staley successfully dialed up a last-minute two-point conversion to seal the Chargers’ 25-24 come-from-behind victory.

LA was far from perfect with the ball in its hands in Arizona, turning it over twice — and nearly a third time — before coming alive down the stretch. Much of Herbert’s production, in fact, came in spite of a short-area strategy deployed by offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, and behind a battered offensive line that saw both Corey Linsley and Trey Pipkins suffer injuries. But Murray’s Cardinals had trouble maintaining possession late in the fourth quarter, giving the Chargers a chance at a go-ahead score with less than two minutes to play. Arizona drops to 4-8 with the loss, while LA improves to 6-5.

Stay tuned for takeaways from Sunday’s cross-conference clash.

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