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Notes from the New Orleans Saints-Los Angeles Chargers preseason game

Saints win their first game of preseason




• The Saints defeated the Chargers 19-17, improving their preseason record to 1-1. New Orleans will return to action Saturday, Aug. 24 when they play the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CST. The game will be broadcast live on the Gray Communications family of stations (WVUE-Fox-8).

• The Saints finished with 324 yards, including 163 rushing yards and 161 passing yards. New Orleans outgained Los Angeles on the ground; Los Angeles finished with 78 rushing yards and 226 passing yards.

• Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater started for New Orleans and played until the final 1:38 of the first half, finishing 5-of-12 for 40 yards, an interception, and a fumble lost.

• Quarterback Taysom Hill entered the game late in the second quarter and played the entire second half, finishing as the Saints' leading rusher, rushing for 53 yards on four carries, including a long of 23. Hill led New Orleans on three scoring drives and finished with 136 yards and two touchdowns on 11-of-15 passing. Hill completed passes to seven receivers.

• Running back Latavius Murrayfinished with four carries for 13 yards.

• Kicker Wil Lutz converted field goals of 33 and 28 yards and added one extra point, finishing 2-of-2 on field goals and 1-of-1 on extra-point attempts.

• Receiver Austin Carrscored the Saints first touchdown on a 27-yard reception from Hill. The scored capped off a 5-play, 60-yard drive. Carr also led the team in receiving yards with 27.

• New Orleans drove 69 yards on 11 plays to bring the Saints within one point on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Hill to running back Devin Ozigbo. The Saints failed the subsequent two-point conversion attempt.

• Ozigbo led New Orleans in carries, finishing with eight carries for 30 carries. Ozigbo also led the team in receptions, with three catches for 23 yards.

• Running back Dwayne Washington rushed five times for 30 yards. Washington also returned one kickoff for 22 yards. 

• LinebackerA.J. Klein finished with four tackles, including a stop on fourth-and-one on the Chargers first possession, a pass break-up, and intercepted Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor in the first quarter.

• Linebacker Colton Jumper recorded the Saints second interception, sealing the contest for New Orleans. Jumper added four tackles and a pass defense. 

• Linebacker Kaden Elliss and linebacker Darnell Sankey each led New Orleans with six tackles.

• Defensive end Marcus Davenport recorded a half-sack with cornerback Eli Apple as well as two quarterback hits and one tackle.

• Cornerback Justin Hardee led the team with two pass breakups. 

• New Orleans safety Vonn Bell, tackle David Onyemata, and defensive end Corbin Kaufusi each recorded a pass defense. Bell added two tackles, and Kaufusi added one tackle.

• Receiver Deonte Harrisreturned five punts for 55 yards (11.0 avg.) and a long of 26. Harris also returned two kickoffs for a total of 50 yards (25.0 avg) and a long of 29 yards. 

• Collectively, Los Angeles and New Orleans accounted for 200 penalty yards on 19 penalties.

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