Sunday night’s showdown in the Superdome was the shootout everyone expected it to be. Unfortunately, in a game of momentum swings, the Saints got hot down the stretch and pulled out a 31-24 victory over the Chargers. Both quarterbacks had standout games, as
The Chargers got on the board first, as Rivers orchestrated a seven-play, 91 yard drive culminating with a 15-yard touchdown strike to former Saint
The third quarter was another see-saw affair.
That advantage wouldn’t last long as Brees hit Colston yet again for his third touchdown of the game; a go-ahead score with 8:50 remaining to put the home team up for good. Garrett Hartley’s field goal with 2:56 left in the match gave the Saints a seven point lead, but also left plenty of time on the clock for Rivers to march the offense down the field. Unfortunately, the Chargers attempts for a game-tying touchdown were thwarted by a series of questionable penalties, most notably a pass interference call against
With 3:00 remaining in the third quarter, the Chargers appeared to build a 31-14 lead on a
It Was Over When…
With less than 20 seconds to go and the ball on the Saints’ 33-yard line, the Chargers had no choice but to go deep. On 3rd-and-10, Martez Wilson came roaring down Philip Rivers’ blind side and stripped the quarterback. Wilson fell on top of the loose ball to give the Saints possession and their first victory of the season.
Play of the Game
Down by four points with less than a minute to go in the half, Philip Rivers dropped back and looked deep for his vertical threat, Robert Meachem. The former Saint streaked across the middle, and number 17 hit him in the numbers around the 10-yard line. Meachem then used a stiff arm to overpower the closest defender to wrestle into the end zone for a 44-yard touchdown.
Stat of the Game
“We had a couple penalties and errors that cost us a great deal late in the game. And (the Saints) are outstanding offensively and made plays when they had to.” – Head Coach Norv Turner
“These are games you have to win in the post-season and to get into the post-season. And as deflated as I am and as hard as it is, I am (encouraged) because we fought and fought. We know these are the games we have to get done and win eventually. At some point you have to win them and we know that. But we can grow so much from this. We have to let the dust settle for a day or two, and then get ready for Monday night’s division game. We have a chance to go 3-0 in the division.”-Quarterback Philip Rivers
“I think the positive we take away from this game is the fact that we fought for all four quarters. We continued to fight through the end of the game, and you just have to tip your hat. They made the plays and we continued to fight, but we just didn’t have it today.” – Tight End Antonio Gates
Odds and Ends
Robert Meachem’s two touchdowns were the first of his Chargers career.
Despite playing with a cast on his broken hand, Quentin Jammer recorded his first interception of the season early in the third quarter.
Tonight’s attendance was 73,109.