New Orleans Saints Rally to Defeat LA Chargers in Overtime

Saints QB Drew Brees in 2017. Photo by Brad Smith/ISI/REX/Shutterstock

The New Orleans Saints were able to rally back from a 20-3 deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers 30-27 in overtime.

Despite a brilliant performance by LA’s rookie quarterback Justin Herbert, who threw for four touchdowns, the Chargers were not able to seal the victory. They fumbled their chance to win in regulation by missing a late field goal attempt, which sent the game into overtime.

In overtime, Saints quarterback Drew Brees led the team down the field to set up the game-winning 36-yard field goal by Saint’s kicker Will Lutz.

The Chargers have had their share of heartbreaking losses in the first five games of the season, losing four games by just one score. This continues a trend carrying over from the 2019 season, in which the Chargers lost nine games by just one score.

The good news for Los Angeles is that the guy they drafted to replace Philip Rivers as their franchise quarterback of the future looked great. Herbert became the first rookie ever to throw four touchdown passes in a Monday Night Football game.

Next on the schedule, the 1-4 Chargers will face the winless New York Jets in Week 6, while the 3-2 Saints will look ahead to a divisional matchup with the Carolina Panthers, who are also 3-2 after five weeks.