The New Orleans Saints are 0-4 and are desperately in need of a win in Week Five. The San Diego Chargers are 3-1 and will enter New Orleans for a Sunday night game on October 7. As a Saints fan, I am hoping to see my team finally get the first victory of the year.
The Saints and Chargers have played each other 10 times since 1973, and the Saints have won only three of the contests. San Diego leads New Orleans 3-2 over the last five meetings, dating back to 1994. Below is a look at the last five games played by the Saints and Chargers.
October 6, 2008
Quarterback Drew Brees led the Saints to a 37-32 victory over his former team, passing for 339 yards and three touchdowns. Receiver Lance Moore caught six passes for 90 yards and a score, while running back Deuce McAllister had 55 rushing yards and a touchdown. LaDainian Tomlinson gained 170 total yards for San Diego, scoring on a receiving touchdown. Quarterback Philip Rivers had a good game, with 341 yards and three touchdowns in the loss.
November 7, 2004
As the Chargers quarterback, Brees accumulated 257 passing yards and four touchdowns, including three to tight end Antonio Gates. The Chargers routed the Saints 43-17, as Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks managed just 173 passing yards. McAllister led the Saints with 63 rushing yards, and tight end Boo Williams added 71 receiving yards and a touchdown.
September 10, 2000
Receiver Joe Horn scored the winning touchdown on a pass from Jeff Blake, as the Saints defeated the Chargers 28-27. Blake finished with 259 yards and three scores, sharing 116 yards and two of the touchdowns with Horn, who had 12 receptions. Chargers quarterback Ryan Leaf struggled, passing for 134 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. San Diego led 24-10 in the second quarter following Ronney Jenkins' scoring kickoff return, but the Saints fought back to win.
September 7, 1997
In a sloppy game, the Saints gained 243 yards, while the Chargers totaled just 230. However, New Orleans turned the ball over six times, leading to a 20-6 San Diego win. The Saints' Heath Shuler threw three interceptions, while Jim Everett had 195 yards and a touchdown pass for the Chargers.
October 16, 1994
The Chargers moved to 6-0 after beating the Saints 36-22. Natrone Means totaled 120 rushing yards and three first-half touchdowns for the Chargers, who led 27-7 at halftime. Everett, playing for New Orleans, had 210 yards and two touchdown passes, but the Saints were too far behind in the second half to pull off a comeback.
Mike Patton is a sports fan who grew up in New Orleans cheering for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Cubs, and LSU Tigers. As a kid in 1987, he made his first trip to Wrigley Field and also slept outside of the Louisiana Superdome to purchase playoff tickets for the Saints' first postseason appearance. Follow Mike on twitter @MikePattonGBS.
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