Saints 31, Chargers 24: Saints Taste First Sweet Victory

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It took a nail-biting stop on the final drive by the defense and a record-setting night by the offense, but the Saints finally notched their first win of the year, 31-24 over the Chargers. Let's enjoy and chat it up in the comment thread.

With an impressive, record-setting performance by Drew Brees, Marques Colston, and Devery Henderson coupled with (finally!) a just good enough nail-biter by the defense, the Saints have finally gotten into the win column for 2012 in a thrilling 31-24 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

Brees ended the dramatic tension by setting the NFL's new consecutive games with a TD pass record at 48 on a 40-yard touchdown throw to Henderson late in the 1st quarter. Colston went 9 for 131 with 3 TDs,eclipsing Joe Horn as the Saints career touchdown reception leader (51). Add to that Henderson's 8 for 123 and a TD, and you have the first time two Saints receivers have gone over 8 receptions, 120 yards and a TD in a game. NICE.

But what's better than any records is the victory, hopefully the first of many more.

Check the stats, vote for your Saints MVP, and then get to the discussion. And be nice if you go to BFTB.

Chargers vs Saints coverage

Chargers vs Saints box score

Bolts From The Blue

Team Stats

SD
NO
1st Downs 27 21
Passing 1st downs 18 19
Rushing 1st downs 6 1
1st downs from Penalties 3 1
3rd down efficiency 4-12 9-16
4th down efficiency 0-0 0-1
Total Plays 65 69
Total Yards 427 404
Yards per play 6.6 5.9
Total Drives 11 12
Passing 310 351
Comp - Att 27-42 29-45
Yards per pass 7.4 7.8
Interceptions thrown 1 1
Sacks - Yards Lost 5-44 3-19
Rushing 117 53
Rushing Attempts 18 21
Yards per rush 6.5 2.5
Red Zone (Made-Att) 2-3 3-4
Penalties 7-56 10-99
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles lost 1 0
Interceptions thrown 1 1
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 0
Possession 30:34 29:26

Top Performers

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
D. Brees 29 45 370 4
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
P. Thomas 9 30 3.3 0
M. Ingram 5 16 3.2 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Colston 9 131 14.6 3
D. Henderson 8 123 15.4 1

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
P. Rivers 27 42 354 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
R. Mathews 12 80 6.7 1
R. Brown 2 27 13.5 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Floyd 5 108 21.6 0
R. Meachem 3 67 22.3 2
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