Experience mattered Monday night with Drew Brees getting the win over rookie quarterback Justin Herbert 30-27.
It was a slow start for the New Orleans Saints Monday night but Herbert and the Chargers were rolling. Herbert scored three touchdowns, one following a rare interception by Brees, in the first half setting a Monday night record for a rookie. He spread the ball around connecting with his big targets Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry, and Mike Williams. Brees and the Saints were not going to go into the half without a fight. Down 20-3 with 4 minutes left on the clock, Brees marched the Saints down the field connecting with Emmanuel Sanders for what looked like a touchdown, but he was marked down at the one-yard line. Which left Brees with options but in true Brees fashion he took it himself and stuck the ball over the top for a touchdown. Sending the game to the half 20-10.
Recently the Chargers have not been able to keep rolling in the second half. This Monday night was no different. The Saints forced the Chargers to punt 3 consecutive times all while tying the game up on a Wil Lutz field goal and a 41-yard touchdown from Jared Cook. At 20-20 The Chargers responded with a 64-yard bomb to Mike Williams to reclaim the lead. The back and forth continued on the next drive with Taysom Hill running a gadget play, with Bress on the sideline, on 3rd and 4 from the Chargers 9-yard line for a touchdown to send the game back to even. The Chargers were able to get the ball back but regulation ended with Micahel Badgely bouncing a 50-yard field goal attempt off the upright thrusting the game into overtime. Badgely also missed a PAT earlier in the game.
In overtime, the Saints received the ball and kicked a field goal to take the lead. The Chargers got the ball back and had no answer, turning the ball over after 4 plays losing yet another game after leading by double digits in the first half. It just goes to show that experience does matter when games get down to the nitty-gritty. It looks like the Chargers have a new chef in the kitchen though with Herbert slinging. He has gone and done battle with some of the greatest quarterbacks of this generation and been within one score. He finished with 4 total touchdowns which is another Monday Night rookie record. The future is bright for the Chargers who look forward to the bye week. The Saints also head into a week 6 bye.
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