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Saints Edge Chargers 30-27 in OT, Herbert Continues to Break Records

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Justin Herbert did everything he could to help his team break a three-game losing streak, and notch the first win on his NFL belt Monday night against the New Orleans Saints.

Herbert threw for a career-high four touchdown passes, making him the only rookie quarterback in NFL history to pass for four touchdowns on Monday Night Football.

With under four minutes to play in the fourth quarter and the game tied 20-20, Herbert threw a rope to wide receiver Mike Williams who took it the rest of the way for the go-ahead 64-yard touchdown. The score made it 27-20 Chargers with just 3:40 to play, and the Los Angeles defense needed one stop to secure Herbert’s first NFL win.

Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees was no stranger to the situation, leading the offense on an eight-play 73-yard drive for the game-tying touchdown. The Saints did not face a third down on the drive until Taysom Hill’s 9-yard touchdown run on third-and-four, which would eventually result in sending the game to overtime.

Los Angeles did have an opportunity to win the game in regulation, as Herbert found Mike Williams once again for a 29-yard pass play setting the Chargers up at the Saints 32-yard line with just 0:08 remaining on the clock. Chargers’ kicker Michael Badgley hit the right upright on the potential game-winning 50-yard field goal.

In overtime, the Chargers defense could not force a third down until the Saints were deep in Los Angeles territory at the 18-yard line. Brees missed Emmanuel Sanders on third-and-six, bringing on kicker Will Lutz who made the go-ahead field go.

Herbert and the Chargers offense were unable to answer, turning the ball over on downs after failing to convert a fourth-and-six at their own 44-yard line. Saints won 30-27.

Justin Herbert has now faced Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees, and has helped his team to a lead in the fourth quarter against all of them.

Justin Herbert game stats:

20-of-34, 264 yards (7.8 per), 4 touchdowns, 122.7 rating

Just Herbert season stats:

9 TD’s 3 INT’s, 1,195 yards, 107.1 QBR, 68.8 CMP% — on pace to shatter nearly every rookie passing record.

 

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