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Saints 31, Chargers 24: Winners and Losers

Studs and duds from the Saints first win of the 2012 season against the San Diego Chargers.

Chuck Cook -US PRESSWIRE - Presswire


Drew Brees

Ultimately the entire team was a big winner in this game, but the game ball goes to Drew Brees. He quickly broke Johnny Unitas' touchdown record on a 40-yard strike to Devery Henderson. That brings his total to 63 team and NFL records. What a tremendous stat. Drew completed 29 of his 45 pass attempts for 370 yards and four touchdown passes, and he finished with a 110.4 rating. His only blemish was one interception.

Devery Henderson

Devery got the glory of catching Drew Brees' record setting touchdown pass. What an honor. He finished with 8 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown catch.

Marques Colston

Colston may not have caught the record setting touchdown pass, but he caught three of his own and had 9 catches for 131 yards. Barring a few drops, he might have gotten close to 200 yards receiving.

Garrett Hartley

After missing a clutch field goal last week, Hartley was able to bounce back and make all of his kicks. He made a 26-yard field goal and all of his PAT's.

Curtis Lofton

Lofton was a force all night for the defense. He finished with 10 total tackles and a sack.

Martez Wilson

Tez didn't have a big statistical night as far as tackles, but when he played he was giving the Chargers left tackle fits. It was quite funny because the play before his sack fumble to end the game, he busted through the line and was close to getting Rivers. Cris Colinsworth commented on it and said that the tackle better be careful or Wilson will have a sack to end the game. Well, that's the way the cookie crumbled.

Roman Harper

Harper was decent in coverage during the game. He broke up a huge pass for Antonio Gates that would have been a touchdown. He was also able to intercept a tipped ball. If Roman wasn't such a No Catching MFer though, he would have had another! But one will suffice.


Jimmy Graham

Graham rolled his ankle on his only reception of the night that went for four yards. He was able to return to the game, but he was only used as a dummy.

The Running Game

The monstrosity of a four running back rotation that the Saints have just couldn't get going last night. They had 55 total yards between the backs and Ivory wasn't even used at all. I really would like for the Saints to get the running game involved more, but whatever it takes to win is fine.