Saints rally from 17-point deficit to grab 30-27 overtime win over Chargers

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Wil Lutz converted a 36-yard field goal and Marshon Lattimore tackled Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams a yard shy on fourth down as the New Orleans Saints held on to earn a 30-27 victory over Los Angeles in overtime on Monday night.

The Saints fell into an early 20-3 hole as rookie quarterback Justin Herbert tossed three first half touchdown to lead the Chargers out in front. However, the Chargers were unable to hold on to a 17-point lead for the second consecutive week as the Saints rallied back in the second half.

Los Angeles had a chance to win at the end of regulation only to have Michael Badgley‘s 50-yard field goal attempt clatter off the right upright. It was Badgley’s second miss of the night along with a missed extra point after the first touchdown of the evening. After winning the coin toss, the Saints moved into Chargers territory only to have the drive stall just inside the L.A. red zone.

After Lutz’s field goal gave New Orleans a 30-27 advantage, the Chargers had a chance to answer. A roughing the passer call on Malcom Brown moved the Chargers out near midfield but K.J. Hill Jr. dropped a third down pass from Herbert and Williams was dragged down a yard shy of converting a first down to seal the win for the Saints.

Herbert became the first rookie to ever throw four touchdown passes on Monday Night Football. He completed 20 of 34 passes for 264 yards and the four scores on the night for the Chargers. Williams caught five of those passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

Herbert tossed three touchdowns in the first half as the Chargers built a cushion over New Orleans. A 17-yard touchdown pass to Keenan Allen gave the Chargers an early 6-0 lead after a missed Badgley extra point. Following a 48-yard Lutz field goal to end the first quarter, Herbert connected with Williams on a 4-yard score to extend the lead to 13-6.

Brees would be intercepted by Nasir Adderley on an overthrown ball which nearly went for a defensive score. Instead, Herbert and Hunter Henry hooked up for a 3-yard touchdown as the Chargers lead extended to 20-3.

Brees would respond with a two-minute drive to close the gap before halftime. The Saints drove 51 yards in eight plays before Brees jumped over the line of scrimmage into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown with 14 seconds left in the half to close the gap to 20-10.

The Chargers Offense would go stagnant for much of the half. On three possessions after the break, the Chargers gained just 64 yards on 23 offensive plays as the Saints rallied. A 53-yard field goal from Lutz trimmed the lead to 20-13 and Brees connected with tight end Jared Cook for a 41-yard score to tie the game at 20-20 with 11:21 remaining.

Brees completed 33 of 47 passes for 325 yards with a touchdown and interception without top target Michael Thomas playing due to an incident in practice late in the week. Emmanuel Sanders caught 12 passes for 122 yards in posting his first 100-yard receiving day as a member of the Saints.

Herbert and Williams struck for a 64-yard touchdown to put Los Angeles back on top as Williams blew by Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson for the go-ahead score.

The lead would be short-lived as the Saints immediately answered. A 28-yard pass to Alvin Kamara propelled the Saints into L.A. territory before Taysom Hill scored on a 9-yard scramble to tie the game at 27-27.

The Chargers nearly won it in regulation as Williams made a stellar leaping grab for 29 yards over Lattimore. However, Badgley’s 50-yard attempt as time expired clanked off the right upright to send the game to overtime.

Los Angeles had held a 24-7 lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week only to fall 38-31.

45 responses to “Saints rally from 17-point deficit to grab 30-27 overtime win over Chargers

  1. After Herbert’s first two starts people were saying that he wasn’t as good as he should have been and I read it thinking they didn’t watch the same game as I did. He has played amazing, and after tonight all those people are going to eat their words.

  2. Rarely do I make predictions but I was right about Mahomes & it looks like I will be correct about Herbert. His first start against the Chiefs you could tell he can see the whole field on his own (not coach scripted) and make any throw required for an elite NFL QB.

    Burrow will the Deshaun Watson to Herberts Patrick Mahomes. Of course Herbert won’t quite match Mahomes and Burrow, more than likely, will be an Alex Smith.

  3. pittsburghdamned said:
    I’d be scared as an Aints fan. That was scrappy, and the Taysom gimmick aint workin
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    I’d be encouraged as a Saints fan b/c they’re still winning without the NFL’s best receiver.
    Taysom gimmic keeps scored another TD!!!!!!

  4. That Herbert is going to be a star. Also, not to jinx him, but that Will Lutz guy kicker is as automatic as I have seen.

  5. When a baseball hits the foul pole it’s considered a home run. They should give points for hitting the uprights…especially from 50 yards out.

  6. Honestly, the league should just shut the Chargers down until they can find a fan base and build their own stadium. Over the years, they have wasted so much talent through ownership, management and coaching. I feel for the few fans they have left.

  7. saints offense is starting to take shape. emmanuel sanders has been proven, jared cook does make plays, latavius works as good or better than ingram would, kamaras worth the money, gotta figure out taysom hill, maybe callaway is a good wr. SB Bound? Idk, but theyre going to ruin a lot of ppls seasons

  8. Man I feel bad for Justin Herbert. Plays Mahomes, Brady, and Brees to the wire and the Chargers defense chokes every time. Brees did well towards the middle of the third quarter after being terrible in the first half looks like NFC South is going to be a fight to the finish.

  9. Only Anthony Lynn would see his rookie QB throw 3 first half TD’s, only to step on the breaks and go conservative in the second half. That’s why this guy is 2-12 in one possession games the last two years.

  10. More squandered leads … Defenses in the NFL are terrible, Saints should have three losses …

  11. Coaching lost that game for the chargers. Three straight designed dumps to the back after the game that qb played ?? Give me a break. A lot of coaching scared this season.

  12. hello3987 says:
    October 12, 2020 at 11:51 pm
    The La Chargers are professional losers… Amazing how they always find new ways to lose.
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    No need the refer to them by their current location. When based in San Diego, the Chargers were masters of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. I felt kind of bad for Justin Herbert. He has actually played pretty decently, and having four losses in his first four games does not really do justice to his level of play.

  13. Herbert isn’t the problem….His substandard offensive line and dropped passes are a big reason the Chargers aren’t at least 3-2…Missing kicks doesn’t help matters either.

  14. Anthony Lynn isn’t the guy. We have too many young great players to be wasted on this coaching staff. The Chargers will be the most desirable destination for aspiring head coaches the second Lynn is fired.

  15. Announcers: 41 yard touchdown pass from Brees

    Reality: 41 yard floating throw after Chargers DB stands still looking in backfield while tight end runs by him and is 5+ yards in the clear. Any kind of coverage and it is either incomplete or another interception.

    Conclusion: unfortunately Brees arm really has deteriorated and Chargers defense accomplishes usual late game choke.

  16. Isn’t it a known thing that when Taysom gets on the field what is going to happen at this point? Silly Chargers fell for it anyway.

  17. If Anthony Lynn calls TO before that third down TD with less than two minutes to go, they’d have had an extra 40 seconds to work with on that last drive of regulation.

    Did he think he’d actually run out the clock on New Orleans? That was bad. Justin Herberts last two throws of the game showed why he was the third QB selected. Both throws were behind his WR’s. Same Justin Herbert from Oregon.

    Mike Williams displayed some serious skills though last night.

  18. The Chargers need to realize that a 20-3 lead is not the time to play prevent against a guy who only wants to throw the check downs any way. This game turned on the last drive of the half where they basically let the Saints walk into the end zone without even having to complete a single difficult throw after shutting down Brees and the short passing game all night up to that point.

    Herbert deserves better. So often in the second half they would run on first and second down, forcing him into obvious throwing situations. The last drive in regulation started with a draw that got all of three yards and cost a timeout. Because if that, they couldn’t get any closer than a 50 yard attempt despite having 8 seconds left to move it closer.

  19. The Saints struggled to beat a team that was without half of its starters on offense. Can’t see how this team can beat the Packers and Seahawks on the road in the playoffs. This definitely looks like Brees’ last season. With an above average O-line and great backs they shouldn’t be throwing for 45 times like they did against the Chargers.

  20. mackcarrington says:
    When a baseball hits the foul pole it’s considered a home run. They should give points for hitting the uprights…especially from 50 yards out.
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    Hitting the foul pole is a home run because the pole is considered part of the field of play, just as hitting the pylon is considered part of the field/end zone in football.
    To gain points on a field goal attempt you must kick the ball above the crossbar and BETWEEN the uprights, not merely into them.
    Awarding points simply for hitting the upright — “especially over 50 yards” — would be like awarding a basket for hitting the rim on a three-point shot, even though the ball didn’t go through the net.

  21. touchback6 says:
    October 13, 2020 at 9:46 am
    Anthony Lynn is horrible. How did he get 2 head coaching jobs again like Gase?

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    Gase would’ve called TO at least and gave his offense more time.

    Lynn must be super old school when teams could actually stop opposing QBs in the two minute drill. This is 2020, you need to assume your opponents will score on their last drive. It’s pretty elementary. He played that possession like he had a 9 point lead and not 7.

  22. If the so called “let Russ cook” approach is working in Seattle, why not let Herbert heave them bombs. What do you have to lose anyway? Why go conservative and why not just let him bombs away and let it rip? This kid is fun to watch. He is so poised and he sees the whole field. Despite the losses, I came away impressed. Chargers better protect him though and not let him be another Andrew Luck.

  23. dregonspengler says:
    October 13, 2020 at 10:19 am
    mackcarrington says:
    When a baseball hits the foul pole it’s considered a home run. They should give points for hitting the uprights…especially from 50 yards out.
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    Hitting the foul pole is a home run because the pole is considered part of the field of play, just as hitting the pylon is considered part of the field/end zone in football.
    To gain points on a field goal attempt you must kick the ball above the crossbar and BETWEEN the uprights, not merely into them.
    Awarding points simply for hitting the upright — “especially over 50 yards” — would be like awarding a basket for hitting the rim on a three-point shot, even though the ball didn’t go through the net.

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    Sarcasm is no fun with people like you around.

  24. mackcarrington says:
    Sarcasm is no fun with people like you around.
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    Well, you know what they say: Sarcasm doesn’t always come through in print,
    Or, maybe you’re just not very good at it? 🙂

  25. dregonspengler says:
    October 13, 2020 at 6:39 pm
    mackcarrington says:
    Sarcasm is no fun with people like you around.
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    Well, you know what they say: Sarcasm doesn’t always come through in print,
    Or, maybe you’re just not very good at it? 🙂

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    You thought I was serious. To me ,that’s effective.

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