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‘Social media quarterback’ Justin Herbert lights up Dolphins, wows NFL viewers with impressive throws


Justin Herbert will need to have heard the whole lot Emmanuel Acho said about him being a “social media quarterback.”

Back in November, Acho called Herbert that, defining it as a player whose highlights overhype his talent and overshadow his mistakes. Under the brilliant lights of “Sunday Night Football,” Herbert lit up the Dolphins and made little to no mistakes in a 23-17 victory. Herbert finished 39 of 51 for 367 yards and a touchdown.

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Through the game, he passed Andrew Luck for essentially the most passing yards by a quarterback through his first three seasons with 13,056.

Justin Herbert showed off his mobility within the Chargers 23-17 victory over the Dolphins.

Herbert evaded a career-high 5 pressures and accomplished 13 passes on the run (8+ mph), 2 greater than another player in a game since 2016.#MIAvsLAC | Powered by @awscloud pic.twitter.com/O9yToLArot

— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) December 12, 2022

Acho, a Fox Sports analyst and former NFL linebacker, dissed Herbert after the QB threw a game-sealing interception against the Chiefs in Week 11.

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“On social media, they don’t show you interceptions. That’s not fun,” Acho said, in keeping with USA Today. “People aren’t going to retweet a pick. People aren’t going to retweet a foul sack. People aren’t going to retweet a foul decision. That is who Justin Herbert is, a social media quarterback.”

The Chargers almost immediately took notice and called out Acho for his remarks.

SoCiAL mEdiA qUaRtErbAcK pic.twitter.com/lgCrRcJ7QL

— Los Angeles Chargers (@chargers) November 23, 2022

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When the Dolphins-Chargers matchup was flexed into the “Sunday Night Football” slot, Acho doubled down, saying the sport would make him “more insufferable for the rest of my sports television profession, OR, force me to retire from sports TV.”

Well, Herbert’s performance might mean that Acho needs to search out that in-between, or else call it a profession. Herbert’s stat line — and highlights — wowed viewers as he carved up the Dolphins in a pivotal matchup as Los Angeles pursued a wild-card spot within the AFC playoffs.

Listed below are a couple of of the throws which have made the rounds on social media:

Mike Will rating the TD ‼️ @darealmike_dub

📺: #MIAvsLAC on NBC
📱: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/Fjz0sbDEsG pic.twitter.com/aJSY28EUpi

— NFL (@NFL) December 12, 2022

Flick of the wrist

📺: #MIAvsLAC on NBC
📱: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/Fjz0sbDEsG pic.twitter.com/ioKRw34rAL

— NFL (@NFL) December 12, 2022

The Herbert and Mike Williams playmaking duo has been on point all game 🔥 #BoltUp

📺: #MIAvsLAC on NBC
📱: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/Fjz0sbDEsG pic.twitter.com/CLGBpoA7bG

— NFL (@NFL) December 12, 2022

Justin Herbert is a magician ✨

📺: #MIAvsLAC on NBC
📱: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/Fjz0sbDEsG pic.twitter.com/PvusyR1X5s

— NFL (@NFL) December 12, 2022

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And do not think that the NFL world is letting Acho off easily for his comments.

Excited to see what’s next for you bud! https://t.co/IkvkhuHk0b

— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) December 12, 2022

sOciAl mEDiA qB pic.twitter.com/OU8J4l5DVR

— Matt Full of life (@mattblively) December 12, 2022

Not bad for a social media QB! https://t.co/yx5NxMlMjV

— Nate Geary (@NateGearySports) December 12, 2022

I feel you mean “…For a social Media QB” https://t.co/3xWDQzdcqH

— Daniel Harms🏈 (@InHarmsWay19) December 12, 2022

Hell of a throw from social media QB Justin Herbert.

— Chris Rosvoglou (@RosvoglouReport) December 12, 2022

Acho appears to be taking it well. He even met some fans who called him out within the stands mid-game.

An evening in enemy territory. Until we meet again @chargers fans.. pic.twitter.com/SXs8bnkN2U

— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) December 12, 2022

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