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Saints vs. Chargers 2019: The View From Section 124

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Here are some photos and my account from the Saints’ preseason win in Los Angeles.

New Orleans Saints vs Los Angeles Chargers Photo by Scott Varley/MediaNews Group/Torrance Daily Breeze via Getty Images

The New Orleans Saints travelled out to my backyard of Los Angeles, California this past week, having taken part in joint practices with the Los Angeles Chargers in Orange County, and culminating with a preseason game in the Chargers’ surrogate home in Carson. I’ve had the great fortune to see the Saints play five times in Southern California since the 2016 season after they hadn’t been to the region for a very long time. I’ve given recaps for those games at San Diego (Week 4) ‘16, at Los Angeles (preseason) ‘17, at Los Angeles (Week 12) ‘17, and at Los Angeles (preseason) ‘18.

This may be the last time the Saints play at Dignity Health Sports Park, as the Chargers are set to move into their massive new Inglewood venue with the Rams in 2020. I’ll miss seeing the Saints in this quaint venue, enjoying the chance to get up close with the team in ways that could not be afforded in usual NFL stadiums and will most certainly be impossible in LA’s upcoming mega-stadium. Much like seeing your favorite musical act in a tiny club, rather than the local arena, this was a unique change of scenery.

Here we go with my view from Section 124 in the fourth row of the end zone near the Saints sideline

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Dignity Health Sports Park, the NFL’s smallest venue by a wide margin, prepares, once again, to host SoCal’s Who Dat Nation

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The Saints exit the tunnel to a rousing ovation

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Chris Banjo, AJ Klein, and Eli Apple prepare for kickoff

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More Saints players approach the endzone

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The Saints’ quarterbacks of the present and, arguably, future are here in the top of the frame

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Kayvon Webster and Justin Hardee are ready to go

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Teddy Bridgewater and Alvin Kamara are ready to take the first-string offense for a drive

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AJ Klein picks off Tyrod Taylor in the first quarter

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Klein brings the ball deep into Chargers territory

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Wil Lutz gives the Saints an early lead following the turnover

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Trey Hendrickson brings the pressure on Taylor

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PJ Williams regrettably gives up the touchdown as well as the Saints’ lead

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The Saints’ big three on offense were well represented in the stands, as the crowd was overwhelmingly pro-Saints

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Rookie kick returner Deonte Harris is off to the races

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Taysom Hill enters the game in relief of the ailing Bridgewater

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Sadly, Chris Clark prepares to be carted off the field

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Rookie linebacker Kaden Elliss brings the pressure

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Hill tosses a pass to a wide open Austin Carr

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All too easy, as Carr makes the grab

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The pro-Saints crowd erupts as Carr crosses the goal line

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The post-score celebration begins

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Taysom Hill escapes pressure outside the pocket

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Hill then leaves a defender in the dust

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Hill now takes off up the sideline

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Preseason may not count for much, but it’s always great to see the Saints leave Los Angeles with a win

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Even under the steady sun, it was a beautiful day for Saints football, made even more beautiful with a win and a stadium full of happy Saints fans

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This was a really fun game to attend and the Southern California chapter of Who Dat Nation didn't disappoint. It wasn’t perfect, but the team made some big plays when it needed to, and the depth on this roster is about as good as the Saints had a year ago at this time. As the Chargers prepare to move into their massive new stadium next season, hopefully they continue their tradition of hosting the Saints in a region that loves them and supports them as much as we New Orleans transplants do in Los Angeles.

The game was fun to experience live, and the atmosphere was pretty great. It’s always great to be around so many wonderful Saints fans, when you live in “enemy territory”. As always, Who Dat Nation is alive, well, and thriving in the Greater Los Angeles Area. If any of you were also in attendance for this game, please leave your accounts and reflections in the comments section. Now let’s get done with this preseason and move on to the regular season and the Saints’ march to Miami for Super Bowl LIV! Who Dat!