The Chargers had every chance to win their Week 5 “Monday Night Football” game against the Saints, but two missed kicks proved costly and they lost 30-27 in overtime in New Orleans.
It was a vintage West Coast QB performance from Drew Brees, who finished with 33-of-47 passing for 325 yards, a touchdown and an interception, as well as a 1-yard rushing TD. He may not have the arm strength to air it out like he used to, but Brees’ surgical precision in pivotal moments made the difference.
Brees came through in the clutch, but the Chargers will feel as if they should have won. The regrets will start with their opening touchdown in the first quarter. Michael “Money Badger” Badgley missed the PAT, keeping the score 6-0. Still, things looked OK as LA took a 20-3 lead with 4:25 remaining in the second quarter on rookie QB Justin Herbert’s third touchdown of the opening half.
That was, until Brees led a picture-perfect drive to end the half, capping it off with a QB sneak to cut the gap to 20-10 heading into the locker room.
The Saints’ defense dominated the second half, which allowed New Orleans to tie the game on a Wil Lutz field goal and a 41-yard TD bomb from Brees to a wide-open Jared Cook with 11:21 left in the fourth quarter.
Herbert wasn’t going to go quietly, though. He threw his fourth TD of the night, a 64-yard deep ball to Mike Williams, to reclaim the lead for LA, 27-20, with 3:40 remaining.
Brees wasn’t going down easily. He promptly led a scoring drive that was capped off with a 9-yard rushing score by Taysom Hill. The Chargers, though, had an opportunity to win in regulation, with Herbert setting up Badgley to earn redemption after Williams made an impressive catch at the New Orleans 32 with eight seconds remaining. But Badgley missed again, his 50-yard attempt to win the game doinking off the right upright.
The Saints got the ball to start overtime and Lutz hit a 36-yard field goal to give them a 30-27 lead. On the ensuing drive, Herbert completed a pass to Williams on fourth down, but he was brought down short of the line to gain, ending the game.
Herbert finished the game with 20-of-34 passing for 264 yards and four TDs, becoming the first rookie to throw four touchdowns on “Monday Night Football.”
Saints vs. Chargers score
Saints vs. Chargers live updates, highlights from ‘Monday Night Football’
11:35 p.m. — FINAL: Saints 30, Chargers 27. Herbert hits Williams on fourth down but it’s short of the line to gain.
11:30 p.m. — The Chargers’ defense holds and forces the Saints to settle for a field goal. Lutz hits from 36 yards and the Saints lead 30-27 with 5:08 remaining.
11:22 p.m. — The Saints get the ball to start overtime. Kamara returns it to the New Orleans 34-yard line.
11:19 p.m. — HE MISSED IT. Michael Badgely’s 50-yard attempt to win it hits off the right upright. We’ll go to overtime, tied up at 27-27.
11:17 p.m. — Huuuuuuge catch from Mike Williams down the left sideline. Chargers use their last timeout with 8 seconds left, ball at the 32-yard line.
11:08 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN SAINTS. Taysom Hill comes on and runs it in from 9 yards out. Saints tie it up, 27-27 with 52 seconds left in regulation.
11:06 p.m. — YOU NEED TO SEE THIS CATCH BY ALVIN KAMARA. 28-yard gain to the 15-yard line, still plenty of time for New Orleans.
11:05 p.m. — 2-MINUTE WARNING: Saints have it, first and 10 at the Chargers’ 43-yard line with 1:53 to play.
10:59 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN CHARGERS. Herbert makes an easy deep pass to a butt-naked-open Williams for a 64-yard score. LA leads 27-20 with 3:40 to play in regulation.
10:55 p.m. — Nothing going for New Orleans thiis time. LA gets the ball back at its 23-yard line with 5:42 remaining in the fourth quarter.
10:52 p.m. — The Saints get a stop as Herbert can’t connect with Henry. New Orleans has the ball at its 23-yard line, 7:12 left in the fourth quarter.
10:42 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN SAINTS. Brees finds Jared Cook wide open for a 41-yard bomb. This one’s all tied up at 20-20 with 11:21 remaining in regulation.
10:32 p.m. — END OF 3Q: Chargers 20, Saints 13. New Orleans has it, first and 10 at its 37-yard line to start the fourth quarter.
10:29 p.m. — Herbert is unable to hit Williams for a wide open TD as the Saints get pressure on the throw. New Orleans has it at its 11-yard line, 1:23 left in the third quarter.
10:20 p.m. — Lutz hits a 53-yard field goal and the Saints now trail 20-13 with 4:52 remaining in the third quarter.
10:10 p.m. — Slow start for both offenses in the second half as the Chargers punt. Saints have it at their 25-yard line, 8:17 left in the third quarter.
10:03 p.m. — New Orleans stalls out and punts; LA has the ball at its 11-yard line with 11:14 remaining in the third quarter.
9:58 p.m. — The Saints get it at their own 25-yard line to start the second half.
9:45 p.m. — HALFTIME: Chargers 20, Saints 10.
9:41 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN SAINTS. This one is good as Brees jumps over the pile on the QB sneak to break the plane. LA’s lead is cut to 20-10 with 14 seconds left in the first half.
9:38 p.m. — CALL IS OVERTURNED. Clock is reset to 19 seconds and New Orleans calls its final timeout to avoid a 10-second runoff, second and goal at the 1-yard line.
9:36 p.m. — Brees does a good job of leading a quick drive and hits Emmanuel Sanders for a 6-yard TD with 17 seconds left. Play is under review.
9:30 p.m. — Well, a quick three and out gives New Orleans chance to get points before the half. Saints have it at their 49-yard line with 1:59 remaining in the half.
9:27 p.m. — Another short drive for the Saints and the Chargers get the ball at their 18-yard line, 2:30 left in the half.
9:21 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN CHARGERS. Herbert finds Hunter Henry in the back corner on third and goal and LA leads 20-3 with 4:25 left in the half.
9:18 p.m. — INTERCEPTION. Brees floats a throw and Nasir Adderley picks it off. Adderley nearly took it to the house, ball will be spotted inside the 1-yard line.
9:15 p.m. — A penalty sets back the Chargers’ offense and they’ll go three and out again. Callaway returns the ball to the 50-yard line but a holding call moves it back to the New Orleans 16-yard line, 6:47 left in the half.
9:08 p.m. — The Saints are stuffed on third and 1 in their own territory and are forced to punt. Chargers get it back at their 20-yard line, 9:21 to play in the half.
9:01 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN CHARGERS. Biiiiiig throw from Herbert to Jalen Guyton for a 49-yard gain sets up a 4-yard TD pass to Mike Williams. LA leads 13-3, 11:01 left in the opening half.
8:57 p.m. — Chargers would have went three and out, but a roughing the kicker call gives LA an automatic first down, ball at its own 36-yard line with 13:00 left in the first half.
8:52 p.m. — END OF 1Q: Chargers 6, Saints 3. Will Lutz hits a 48-yard field goal as time expires to put New Orleans on the board. LA will receive the kickoff to start the quarter.
8:46 p.m. — Saints are able to get a stop and Callaway returns it to the Chargers’ 48-yard line with 2:41 left in the first quarter.
8:40 p.m. — Another punt for the Saints. Chargers get the ball at their own 17-yard line.
8:33 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN CHARGERS. Herbert roles out to his right and throws it on the run to Keenan Allen for a 17-yard score. Michael Badgely misses his first PAT of the season and the Chargers lead 6-0 with 6:26 left in the first quarter.
8:32 p.m. — Chargers use their first time out to avoid a delay of game call. It’s third and 7, ball at the New Orleans 17-yard line, 6:33 left in the first quarter.
8:24 p.m. — Disappointing drive for the Saints as they have to punt. A touchback gives the Chargers the ball at their 20-yard line, 11:05 left in the opening period.
8:18 p.m. — That’s a quick three and out for LA. Marquez Callaway returns the punt 17 yards to the Saints’ 47-yard line, 13:23 left in the first quarter.
8:15 p.m. — The Saints kick things off and Justin Herbet will lead the Chargers out for the first drive of the game.
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Saints vs. Chargers start time
- Date : Monday, Oct. 12
- Kickoff time : 8:15 p.m. ET
- TV channel : ESPN
- Live stream : fuboTV
All “Monday Night Football” games in 2020 have the same start time of 8:15 p.m. ET. There are Monday night games scheduled for every week of the season except Week 17, though the NFL has the ability to flex a game into a Week 17 “MNF” window.
‘Monday Night Football’ schedule
A total of 17 games are on the “Monday Night Football” schedule in 2020. That includes the two games in the Week 1 doubleheader and no Monday night game in Week 17.
Below is the complete schedule of Monday night games this year.
|Week 1||Sept. 14||New York Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 1||Sept. 14||Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans|
|Week 2||Sept. 21||Las Vegas Raiders vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 3||Sept. 28||Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|Week 4||Oct. 5||Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons|
|Week 5||Oct. 12||New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Chargers|
|Week 6||Oct. 19||Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals|
|Week 7||Oct. 26||Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 8||Nov. 2||New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Week 9||Nov. 9||New York Jets vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 10||Nov. 16||Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 11||Nov. 23||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 12||Nov. 30||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 13||Dec. 7||San Francisco 49ers vs. Buffalo Bills|
|Week 14||Dec. 14||Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 15||Dec. 21||Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 16||Dec. 28||New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills|