Can I use after and then interchangeably in this example, and mean the same thing?
I went to the game, and then I came home.
I went to the game, and after I came home.
(The second example might sound a little weird, because only one event happened. What if several events had happened for example I washed my car, took the kids to school, walked the dog, and after, I came home. Would it also sound weird this way? There have been instances where I've heard native speakers using it this way, and that's what made me question this.)
What if we changed the phrase a little bit and wrote I went to the game, and after that I came home? Would it still be incorrect?