Drew Brees was his vintage best, and he needed it all Sunday Night to beat the Chargers. In a night that he passed Johnny Unitas by throwing a TD in his 48th consecutive game, he ended up playing the best he has all year. The Saints trailed much of this game and it took until about midway through the fourth to take the lead for good. They ended up scoring 17 unanswered to seal their first victory.
Brees hooked up with Devery Henderson for a 40 yard strike to set the record for most consecutive games with a score. He ended with 4 in the game, to go along with 370 yards. Colston had 131 yards with 3 of those scores. Henderson had the other with 123 yards himself. Jimmy Graham had just one catch and ended up dinged up in this one. More on that later in the week. However, just as every other game where the passing offense excelled, the rest of the Saints team struggled.
They ran for just over 50 yards on this one. The leading rusher was Pierre Thomas who had just 30 yards. Darren Sproles could only manage 9 on 5 carries. That is a big concern going forward if the offense remains so one dimensional. For this one though, Brees was too overpowering.
The defense was also pretty pitiful. Philip Rivers had a great game himself. He had 354 yards and a TD. He threw one pick, but that was on a ball Malcolm Floyd couldn’t handle that ultimately was tipped and picked. Ryan Mathews had a great game, and it could have been better if he had actually started. He ran for 80 yards on just 12 carries. San Diego had a chance to tie late in the game, but the offensive line completely fell apart. Jared Gaither injured his groin and could barely move. For some strange reason, Norv Turner would not take him out despite his obvious limited effectiveness. A sack fumble ended the game, and Saints finally got their first win.