The Los Angeles Chargers fell to the New Orleans Saints, 36-7, to drop their preseason record to 1-2. The loss snapped the Bolts' six game winning streak at ROKiT Field at StubHub Center.
Stat of the Game:
The Bolts' offensive line went to work in the two series the starters played. In fact, they paved the way for Austin Ekeler and Detrez Newsome to carve up the Saints to the tune of 6.7 yards per carry.
Play of the Game:
Derwin James made an impression right off the bat in his first career start. On 3rd-and-5, Drew Brees fired deep to his left looking for the speedy Ted Ginn. However, James showed tremendous range and athleticism, leaping high to haul in the pick at the Chargers' 37-yard line.
On 3rd-and-4, New Orleans Saints QB Taysom Hill looked right, then tucked the ball and scrambled left down the sideline and into the end zone for the score. The Saints then opted to go for two, and again, it was Hill who kept the ball and dashed into the end zone. The plays increased their lead from 14-7 to 22-7.
It Was Over When:
The Bolts trailed 22-7 when Marcus Williams iced the game with a pick-six. Reading the quarterback's eyes, the cornerback jumped cut in front of the pass at his own 42-yard line, then raced untouched 58 yards into the end zone. The score gave the Saints a commanding 30-7 lead with just over 14 minutes left in the game.
"I loved the way the first unit went out and played against one of the top rush teams in the league, and they held them to under four-yards a carry the whole first half. Offensively, they moved the ball on the ground. We know we can throw the football on anybody, and they averaged over six-yards a carry in the first half and doing all of that with no penalties. That's been one of the things we've been focusing on—stopping the run, running the football, and not beating ourselves. I thought that was improvement." – Head Coach Anthony Lynn
"I thought we had some good plays, enough to be excited about, but not enough to relax. Either way, it went pretty well. If it didn't go (well), we shouldn't panic because we're going to be great…. If we can be balanced and run the football the way we did tonight, we have a chance to be a special offense." – QB Philip Rivers
"It felt great (to get the interception). I came out and trusted what my coaches have been telling me. They put me in position (to make the play). The play was there for me to make and I made it." – S Derwin James
Odds and Ends
The Bolts combined to rush the ball 25 times for 104 yards, averaging 4.2 yards per carry.
Derwin James recorded the Bolts' lone turnover when he picked off Drew Brees.
James made his first career start, as did rookie linebacker Kyzir White.
Desmond King led the team with six tackles.
Uchenna Nwosu tallied a sack midway through the third quarter.
Philip Rivers, Melvin Ingram, Mike Pouncey, Russell Okung and Brandon Mebane served as tonight's captains.
Look through some of the best action shots of the Bolts taking on the New Orleans Saints in their third preseason game.