Justin Herbert has done some incredible things in his first two years in the NFL, yet had the greatest performance of his career Sunday night. Herbert completed 30 of 41 passes for 382 yards with three touchdowns to just one interception (116.1 rating) while rushing nine times for 90 yards in the Los Angeles Chargers' thrilling 41-37 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers -- accomplishing a feat no quarterback in NFL history has reached.
Herbert is the first quarterback to throw for 350 yards and rush for 90 yards in an NFL game. No quarterback in the 101-year history of the NFL has reached that stat line until Herbert accomplished it Sunday night.
"He's got real instincts at the game for the position," Chargers head coach Brandon Staley said of Herbert after the game, via the Chargers website. "His legs today really helped us win that football game. … The way that they were playing the game. He knows when there's daylight and he ran to it. What that does, is it forces the defense to change and that's a good thing. They can't play those coverages vs. us. And if they do, they better account for him."
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Herbert's 90 rushing yards are the the most in a game by a quarterback in franchise history. Herbert joined Steve Young as the only players in NFL history to throw for 300 yards and three touchdowns and rush for 50 yards in a game twice (Young accomplished the feat six times). He became the eighth player to throw for 300 yards in game and rush for 60 yards in a game twice, joining Young (four times), Russell Wilson (three), Michael Vick (three), Jalen Hurts (two), Daunte Culpepper (two), Rich Gannon (two), and Donovan McNabb (two) on that exclusive list.
Herbert also became the second-fastest quarterback to reach 7,000 career passing yards in the game, reaching the mark in just his 25th career game -- tying Kurt Warner on the all-time list. Only Patrick Mahomes reached the mark faster (21 games).
Herbert continues to rewrite the history books while putting the Chargers in position for a playoff berth. Whether it's with his arm or legs, he's emerging as one of the best quarterbacks in the league in just his second season.