Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/8/12

New Orleans Saints 31

San Diego Chargers 24

On a record setting night, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints got their first win of the season over the San Diego Chargers. Brees set a new NFL record of 48 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass. The record was held by Johnny Unitas for 52 years. 

Although it was a big accomplishment for Brees the bigger concern was with the team's overall record. After starting the season 0-4 this Sunday night game was a must win for the Saints.

New Orleans Saints (1-4): Drew Brees had a spectacular game aside from setting that new record. Brees finished with 370 yards passing and four touchdowns.

Pierre Thomas led the Saints backfield in yardage with 70 total yards (30 rushing, 40 receiving).

Marques Colston had a monster game after appearing to be as close to 100% as he has all season. Colston finished with 9/131/3 on 18 targets.

Devery Henderson played a much larger role tonight with Lance Moore out. Henderson was the one who caught the record setting touchdown from Drew Brees and finished with 8/123/1 on 10 targets.

Jimmy Graham injured his right ankle on his only reception early on in the game. Graham was able to return but merely as a decoy and didn't see another target for the rest of the game.


San Diego Chargers (3-2): Philip Rivers played a good game that was some what lost in all the Brees hype. Rivers threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns.

Ryan Mathews did not start but averaged 6.7 yards per carry but only got 12 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown. He also added 59 yards on six receptions. Mathews was not in during crunch time but rather Ronnie Brown.

This shows that Coach Turner and the Chargers still do not trust his fumbling issues but his talent will eventually shine and that alone will demand more playing time.

The Chargers offense averaged 6.5 yards per carry against the league's worst rush defense but decided to only run the ball 18 times for the entire game. Something that could be looked back on as a big mistake.

Malcolm Floyd continued his good start to the season. After a big first quarter Floyd quieted down until late in the fourth and finished with five receptions for 108 yards on eight targets.

Robert Meachem appeared to play with a chip on his shoulder and had his best game of the young season. Meachem finished with three receptions for 67 yards and two touchdowns. One caution though is that he was still only targeted four times.

Antonio Gates had another disappointing game as he finished with only three receptions for 19 yards. Gates was targeted seven times and had a 35-yard reception called back on a questionable offensive pass interference call.


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