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Defense (not a typo!) carries Saints to comeback victory

New Orleans Saints fullback John Kuhn, top, pushes into the end zone over San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram, left, for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) AP

Two Chargers fumbles in the last seven minutes set up two Saints touchdowns, and the Saints rallied from 13 down to win their first game of the season Sunday, 35-34.

Saints fullback John Kuhn scored three touchdowns, the third on a 1-yard run with 1:57 left, to complete the comeback. The Chargers got one more possession but it ended in an interception by B.W. Webb.

Kuhn scored three touchdowns on five touches.

The Chargers had the ball and a 34-21 lead with 6:50 left when Melvin Gordon lost a fumble. The Saints scored four plays later, then Chargers wide receiver Travis Benjamin lost a fumble on first down. Seven plays after that, Kuhn went in and the Saints took the lead on Wil Lutz’s PAT kick.

We absolutely gave this one away,” Chargers coach Mike McCoy said.

Gordon scored two rushing touchdowns and now leads the NFL with six on the season. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was on fire early in the game, and even into the final minutes it looked like the Chargers were going to win easily.

Rivers threw for 321 yards, and Chargers wide receiver Dontrelle Inman had a career game with seven catches for 120 yards. But the Saints kept coming up with the ball, and even though Drew Brees was held to 206 yards passing in his first game in San Diego over a decade, he guided the Saints on two touchdown drives in the final five minutes to win.

Both teams are now 1-3. The Saints are off next week. The Chargers are at the Raiders.

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14 Responses to “Defense (not a typo!) carries Saints to comeback victory”
  1. bearwithjetpack says: Oct 2, 2016 8:05 PM

    Mike McBiscuit moves to 5-20 over his last 25 games with the Chargers. Nice.

  2. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Oct 2, 2016 8:12 PM

    The only thing that was guaranteed in this game was the over on the total.

  3. joetoronto says: Oct 2, 2016 8:13 PM

    It’s gonna feel good for the Raiders to go home to play the Chargers.

    No excuses, they need to lay a beating on them.

  4. mdintino1420 says: Oct 2, 2016 8:15 PM

    VOTE YES ON C

    The Chargers have been hit with the injury bug. Don’t vote them out because they are having a bad season. The Chargers have been part of the San Diego culture since 1961. VOTE YES ON C to ensure that remains and to take our economy to new levels.

  5. raiderapologist says: Oct 2, 2016 8:24 PM

    When is McCoy going to get fired? Bye week?

  6. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Oct 2, 2016 8:28 PM

    Defense? They gave up 34 points.

  7. lightninglucci says: Oct 2, 2016 8:31 PM

    13 point lead and possession of the ball with 6:50 left and the Chargers manage to fumble on two straight offensive plays.

    Every time I think I’ve seen every possible way to lose, the Chargers manage to come up with a new one.

  8. packfan66 says: Oct 2, 2016 8:31 PM

    Kuuuhhhnnn!!!

  9. eljefedelmundo says: Oct 2, 2016 8:36 PM

    Turnovers.

    If the Saints get a couple they win. Just need to concentrate on that.

    Did ST do okay?

  10. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Oct 2, 2016 8:47 PM

    Why my Packers can’t be nice to our popular players and keep them is beyond me. We would still like to be able to yell Kuuuuuuuuhhnn!! But we can’t now. Unless we’re idiots. He isn’t on our team anymore. It would give us something to cheer for. Other than being in second place. Still.

  11. cinvis says: Oct 2, 2016 8:53 PM

    Kuhn and his 3 TDS on only 12 yards won this game. KUUUUUUUUUUUUUhn

  12. tncheese says: Oct 2, 2016 9:11 PM

    Kuuuuuuuhn!

  13. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 2, 2016 10:53 PM

    the saints are normally the victims of games like these. Not the other way around.

  14. lobzila says: Oct 3, 2016 3:35 AM

    Oh yeah, lets give them a new stadium and maybe they will play better. Vote no on C and end corporate welfare for billionaires.

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