Bolts' Herbert sets rookie record for TD passes

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LOS ANGELES — Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert broke the rookie passing touchdown record Sunday, with a nine-yard scoring pass to running back Austin Ekeler to give him 28 on the season.

The previous record was 27, set by the Cleveland BrownsBaker Mayfield in 2018.

Herbert joined Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes as the only QBs in NFL history to eclipse 4,000 passing yards through their first 14 career starts.

Herbert’s record-setting touchdown pass came at the 8:28 mark of the second quarter and gave the Chargers a 10-0 lead over the Denver Broncos. Overall, Herbert completed 21 of 33 passes for 253 yards and the Chargers won 19-16 thanks to a Michael Badgley 37-yard field goal with 45 seconds to play.

Herbert, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 draft, tied the record last week against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Herbert, 22, was planning to back up Tyrod Taylor as the season began, and Taylor led the Chargers to their first victory in a 16-13 win over Cincinnati. But Taylor was injured in that game and a team doctor injected him with a pain-killer just before kickoff of Game 2 vs. Kansas City

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