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Game Balls for Chargers win in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 08: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers hands off the ball to Melvin Gordon #25 during the first quarter of a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on December 08, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 08: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers hands off the ball to Melvin Gordon #25 during the first quarter of a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on December 08, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
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JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 08: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers rushes past Andrew Wingard #42 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at TIAA Bank Field on December 08, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 08: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers rushes past Andrew Wingard #42 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at TIAA Bank Field on December 08, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Chargers game ball: Austin Ekeler

Ekeler did something as a running back that no other Chargers player has done since 1985. Let me repeat and clarify: Ekeler did something even LaDainian Tomlinson couldn’t accomplish. He finished the game with 100 yards rushing on only eight carries, and 100 yards receiving on four catches. Having that kind of day is extremely rare, and to do it with that kind of efficiency is literally insane.

Austin Ekeler reached 100 yards both rushing and receiving yesterday on just 12 total touches. The fewest amount of touches ever in a 100/100 game.

The next closest 100/100 game in terms of overall touches was Herschel Walker in 1986 on 15 touches.

— Rich Hribar (@LordReebs) December 9, 2019

Not since Herschel Walker has a performance like No. 30’s been seen. Yes you read that correctly. Ekeler touched the ball 12 times and had 213 total yards from scrimmage and one touchdown. He played with great vision, elusiveness and physicality; that is nothing new, he’s been doing that all season. He provides the offense with such a great weapon and when he gets featured on offense the output seems to increase dramatically.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler is on pace to become the 4th RB with 1,000 receiving yards in a season in the modern era of the NFL. He's gone 128 targets without a drop. Reliable, explosive and a game-changer.

— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 9, 2019

Ekeler is a restricted free agent after the season. It’s safe to say that he has earned a big pay day, and should receive a lucrative extension this offseason. Here’s to hoping he doesn’t hold out like a certain other Chargers running back.

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