He got a second chance.
With time expiring in the fourth quarter, Lambo missed wide right on an attempted game-winning 39-yard field goal, and it looked like the game was heading for overtime, tied 27-27.
Cleveland cornerback Tramon Williams gave Lambo new life when he jumped offsides, giving the rookie another shot for the game-winner, this time from 34 yards.
He wouldn’t miss again, as he split the uprights.
“Thankfully I had a second chance. I had some grace with the second kick,” Lambo said to Chargers.com. “I messed up the first time, but I wasn’t going to allow it to happen a second (time).”
It wasn’t a pretty win for the Chargers, being down three starting offensive lineman and starting cornerback Jason Verrett before the game even started.
Philip Rivers battled, though, going 23-for-38 with 358 yards and three touchdowns to lead his team to victory.
Danny Woodhead was one of Rivers’ favorite target, collecting 138 all-purpose yards to lead the team. He was not too concerned with the style of the team’s close win.
“We just wanted to get a win,” Woodhead said to Chargers.com. “Any time you get a win in this league, (which) is so tough to do, it doesn’t matter who it is and it doesn’t matter who you are playing.”
Battling injuries to the secondary, the Chargers let the Browns to rack up 432 yards and routinely struggled to tackle and cover running backs out of the backfield.
Jerry Attaochu managed to raise some havoc with two sacks and his counterpart Melvin Ingram recorded 1.5, the first multi-sack game for both linebackers.
The Chargers stay home next week to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.
Chargers continue to be ravaged by injuries
They didn’t get any healthier Sunday against the Browns.
Wide receivers Malcolm Floyd (concussion) and Stevie Johnson (hamstring) were both unable to finish the game. Their status next week is uncertain.
After not playing last week with a hamstring injury, Brandon Flowers was not able to finish the game with a concussion, joining Dunlap and Floyd with head injuries.
Inman hauled in a 68-yard catch to set up Phillips’ 1-yard score in the fourth quarter.