Despite a brilliant performance from young quarterback Justin Herbert, the Los Angeles Chargers found a way to lose 30-27 in overtime to the New Orleans Saints on Monday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
After watching the winners tie the game in the last minute of the fourth quarter, Herbert joined Mike Williams for 29 yards, allowing Michael Badgley’s kicker to give his team the win. The latter, however, missed his attempt by 50 yards.
In overtime, Wil Lutz placed the ball between the rods from the Saints’ first possession. It was the kicker’s third field goal in this game.
Having to fight back absolutely, the Chargers were unable to do the job.
Returning to Herbert, the freshman completed 20 of his 34 stints for gains of 264 yards and four touchdowns. Williams also had a strong game, catching five throws for 109 yards and two majors.
For the Saints, quarterback Drew Brees had a roller coaster ride, but he found a way to be effective in good times. In total, he completed 70% of his passes for 325 yards and a touchdown. He also scored a middle finger with his legs.
Contrary to his habits, running back Alvin Kamara was not a factor in this game. He amassed just 45 yards on 11 carries.