Saints vs. Chargers score: Drew Brees rallies New Orleans to overtime win over Justin Herbert and Los Angeles


The Saints, after falling behind 20-3, rallied to defeat the visiting Chargers in overtime on “Monday Night Football,” 30-27. After the Chargers missed a field goal as time expired in regulation, Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed five passes to set up Wil Lutz’s game-winning, 36-yard field goal. New Orleans’ defense then forced two straight incompletions before cornerback Marshon Lattimore stopped Chargers receiver Mike Williams just short of the first down marker on fourth down. 

Brees’ heroics were enough to defeat the Chargers and rookie quarterback Justin Herbert, who threw four touchdown passes, including two to Williams. Despite his performance, the Chargers have now lost four one-score games this year after losing nine such games in 2019. 

The Chargers struck first when Herbert hit Keenan Allen on a 17-yard touchdown. The Chargers, who missed the extra point, received a 36-yard run on the drive by running back Justin Jackson. Allen, however, was unable to finish the game after sustaining a back injury in the first half. The Saints, following a sack by Saints defensive end Trey Hendrickson, started their third possession on the Chargers’ 48-yard-line. The short field helped set up the Saints’ first score, a 48-yard field goal by Lutz. 

Herbert quickly responded, as he connected with Williams for a four-yard touchdown four minutes into the second quarter. Herbert, following Nasir Adderley’s interception of Drew Brees, then hit tight end Hunter Henry for a three-yard touchdown. The Saints were able to respond before halftime, as Brees scored New Orleans’ first touchdown on a one-yard run. After the Saints kicked off the second half with another field goal, the Saints missed a golden opportunity to extend their lead when Herbert just missed an open Williams deep downfield on third down. 

New Orleans quickly capitalized on its good fortune, as Brees tied the score on a 41-yard touchdown pass to Jared Cook with 11:21 left. Both teams exchanged punts before Herbert, on a 3rd-and-10 play, hit a wide open Williams for a 64-yard score. The Saints quickly tied the score, however, when Taysom Hill scored on a nine-yard run with 52 seconds left. 

Instead of throwing deep, Herbert instead completed three short passes to Justin Jackson before connecting with Williams for a 39-yard gain. The Chargers, however, were forced to play overtime after Michael Badgley missed a 50-yard attempt as the clock expired. Brees then led the Saints to the game-winning score on the first drive of the extra period. 

To re-live Monday night’s action in real time, check out our live blog below for highlights and analysis of the Saints’ big win. 

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