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Final score: Saints 30, Chargers 27 in overtime

A quick review of the Chargers-Saints Monday night game

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans Saints
Justin Herbert
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Not again, Chargers!

As we all gather our thoughts about what just happened, here’s an instant review of the Los Angeles Chargers‘ loss at the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

The Chargers lost in overtime. They became the first NFL team in 17 years to blow 17-point leads in consecutive games and now are 1-4.

Wow again:
Michael Badgley hit the uprights on a 50-yard field goal in the final seconds to send the game to overtime.

And wow yet again ...:
The Chargers thought they had saved themselves when rookie quarterback Justin Hebert hit receiver Mike Williams for a 64-yard touchdown pass (his fourth of the game) late in the game on third down and 10 to give the Chargers a 27-20 lead and their first points of the second half. But then Chargers allowed the Saints to tie the game at 27-27 with less than a minute to go in regulation.

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans Saints
Party time
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What a start and what a quarterback:
The country got a glimpse of what we’re all seeing: Justin Herbert is a baller. He threw three touchdown passes — to Keenan Allen, Williams and Hunter Henry — in the first half as the Chargers jumped out to a 20-3 lead. Herbert became the first rookie to threw three touchdowns passes in one half on Monday Night Football.

While legend Drew Brees looked like he is nearing the end of his prestigious career (despite a nice second half), Herbert is showing the NFL that the Chargers have another great quarterback following in the footsteps of Brees and Philip Rivers.

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans Saints
Nasir Adderley
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Big pick:
Chargers’ defensive back Nasir Adderley had a huge interception off of Brees in the second quarter and he brought it back near the goal line. It set up Henry’s score to make it a 20-3 game.

Allen hurt:
It wouldn’t be a Chargers’ game without an injury. Allen left the game early with a back injury and he did not return. We should learn more about the seriousness soon. Needless to say, this is the last thing the Chargers need.

What’s next:
The Chargers now have a bye in Week 6 because of coronavirus-impacted schedule changes. They next play in Week 7 at Miami in a winnable game and Herbert will get to show Dolphins’ fans what they are missing when their team bypassed him at No. 5 in the draft.