As he prepares to participate in the first playoff game of his career this weekend, Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert revealed a bit of advice he got from wide receiver Keenan Allen ahead of the elimination matchup.
Speaking to reporters at Los Angeles’ media availability session on Thursday, he clarified that Allen’s words of wisdom were pretty basic.
“Just the same thing that he always says,” Herbert explained. “‘Go out there, have fun, relax and play the game.’ Keenan [Allen] has been such an incredible leader for our team and for this locker room. Guys look up to him and especially that receiver group because he has been such a great inspiration and teammate to all of those guys.”
While relaxing on the football field may seem simple enough in theory, Herbert will be plenty motivated to get his revenge after completing just 56% of his passes the first time these two teams met in Week 3 when he was a week removed from fractured rib cartilage.
In a game that could make or break the Chargers’ season, watch for him to lean on Allen’s experience in all four quarters and for Los Angeles’ offense to live or die by the connection they make when Herbert throws the ball, especially if Mike Williams can’t play.