October 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) argues with referee Carl Cheffers (51) and back judge Todd Prukop (30) during the fourth quarter of a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Chargers 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Chargers 24 - Saints 31 ~ Game Review

Sunday Night Football.  The San Diego Chargers (3-2) stormed into New Orleans and the home of the Saints (1-4).  The most anticipated game of the week due to the emotional aspects of the game.  Drew Brees could break a record and the poor 0-4 Saints could get a win.  Not to mention the coaches on suspension were allowed to attend the game due to a special request from Drew Brees granted by the NFL.

Brees got his record and broke a 52 year old NFL record by throwing a touchdown pass in his 48th straight game.  His 40 yard TD pass to Devery Henderson tied up the game.  But it’s not all about Drew Brees, or is it?  Brees had three more touchdown passes to Marques Colston and the Saints marched to a win and a 1-4 record.   At the end of the day, Brees passed for 351 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.  The Saints had 404 total yards on the day.

The Chargers dominated the first half of the game.  Going into the half the Chargers were in the lead 17-14.  Both teams put up a touchdown in the third, making the score 24-21.  Then the fourth quarter happened.  The defense relaxed allowing the Saints to rack up 10 more points and the Chargers were hit with penalties that were not really penalties.  At days end Rivers passed for 354 yards and two touchdowns, but had an interception and fumble in the fourth quarter.  Ryan Mathews had his best game of the year with 80 yards on the ground and 59 receiving.  Malcolm Floyd led the receiving crew with 108 yards while Gates only had 19, leaving him visibly upset.  The Chargers had 427 total yards.

At different times during the second half I saw Rivers, Gates and coach Turner yelling at the referees.  Bad calls, like the PI on Gates in the fourth, ultimately cost the Chargers the win.  The final tally on penalties had the Chargers with 7/56 and the Saints with 10/99.  Three of the Chargers penalties happened inside the two minute warning.  Not only costing the Chargers the 20 yards in penalties, but the 51 yards gained on those plays as well.  These penalties were bogus and the NFL referees should be reprimanded.

Okay, now that I have let it all out, let’s shake this off and start looking forward to Monday Nite Football at home against the Broncos.

ChargerGirl Cindi

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  • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

    It drives me nuts having to wait an extra day until the Monday night game. Especially after the BS ending to this last game. Hopefully the refs don’t create any more fantasy-land calls in the MNF game. They love Peyton even MORE than they love Brees! But, having said that…. shaken off. CHARGE!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Aw crap… They do low Peyton… Dang it

  • http://www.facebook.com/drewsiyah.irienation DrewSiyah IrieNation

    I accept refs dont always make the best calls – or didnt see something that we the fans had a chance to see via multiple angles and replays. But what I saw last night was not a W from the Gold and Black. What I saw was an more than obvious predetermined win – from Roger Goodell? From Vegas? From…? I dont even know – all i know is that the referees handed that game to the Saints at every opportunity. That was a Chargers win – no matter what the outcome of the scoreboard. An 0-4 team with the NFL love child brees setting a 52 year record against his rivals? Ive read novels that were less structured than this game and MB Superdome… From the “helmet to helmet” >> which I saw a chest / shoulder hit that might have slightly brushed a little high that revoked a chargers touchdown – then the Gates PI… im sorry I call shenanigans – chargers fan or not – no football fan can watch that game and not see some the ridiculousness that went on – the replacement refs don’t look so bad after watching last nights game…

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      first… love the name, sure you love you some atari bigby from the university of Jah…

      second, great comment. SHENANIGANS!!! with you on that every step of the way!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      Fully agree. I think it’s time to be able to throw the red flag on penalties! Or maybe a brown “bullshit” flag.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        love the BROWN flag!!!! need that!