“The young man was exceptional. He needs to do better, but we could have done other things better, ”Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said.
Drew Brees rushed for a 1-yard touchdown and hit a tight end Jared Cook for 41 yards as the Saints recovered from a 17-point deficit in the second quarter.
“That’s how you play as a team,” said Brees. “This is how you get battle tested – and I think it pays dividends. ”
Beginner Justin Herbertthe fourth touchdown pass of the game, a 64-yard Michael Williams, briefly put Los Angeles back before the Saints (3-2) drew Taysom Hill9 yard run with 52 seconds left in regulation time.
The Chargers (1-4) fell to their fourth straight loss by a touchdown or less, and their second in overtime. They also lost a 17-point lead for a second straight game.
“I never thought this team would lose four in a row. We got into position, but we didn’t, ”said Lynn. “We have to finish these damn games.”
Herbert, who was named a starter for the remainder of the season this week, finished 20 of 34 for 264 non-grossing yards. Five of his wins went to Williams for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
Brees finished 33 of 47 for 325 yards, including 12 completions at Emmanuel Sanders for 122 meters. Kamara had 119 yards of scrum, evidenced by his jump and juggling grip along the straight sideline above the safety’s head Rayshawn Jenkins to set up Hill’s endearing TD.
The Chargers became the first team to lose a 17-point lead in straight weeks since the Atlanta Falcons in 2003. For the Chargers, the two came on the road against an NFC South team led by an older quarterback. 40 years old.
In week 4 it was Tampa Bay Tom Brady, six-time Super Bowl winner. This week it was Brees – the all-time NFL leader in completions, yards and touchdowns.
Brees’ dip over a stack of linemen at the goal line was 20-10 14 seconds before half-time.
Lutz’s 53-yard field goal allowed New Orleans to score a touchdown in the third quarter. Then Brees found Cook open behind the Chargers’ secondary in the third and long run to tie early in the fourth quarter.
Staking Los Angeles a 20-3 lead early on, Herbert became the first rookie to pass for three touchdowns in the first half of a Monday night game.
His first came when he rolled right away under pressure and fired a 17-yard pass over the sideline to Allen.
The completion of 49 yards from Herbert to Jalen Guyton set up his 4-yard strike against Williams a game later. The touchdown capped extended practice with a brutality penalty against New Orleans’ Dwayne Washington.
Brees ‘interception by Nasir Adderly and the 39-yard return to the Saints’ 1-yard line allowed Herbert to score a 3-yard pass at close end. Hunter Henry, which makes it 20-3.
Chargers: At the start of the second quarter, Allen left the game with a back injury. Defensive end Uchenna Nwosu was helped with an apparent leg injury early in the fourth trimester.
Saints: Nick Easton left the game in the first half with concussion symptoms and did not return. Patrick Robinson left the field with coaches at the end of the third quarter.
Chargers: Let you bye Week 6 before welcoming Jacksonville on October 25.
Saints: Enter their week off, followed by a Week 7 home date with Carolina on October 25.
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