1:00 PM ET, October 26, 2008
Wembley Stadium, London
Saints clip Chargers overseas as Brees throws for 339 yards, 3 TDs
WEMBLEY, England -- After last year's low-scoring mudfest, the NFL was hoping for some offensive fireworks this time at Wembley Stadium.New Orleans and San Diego delivered.
• Drew Brees completed 30 of 41 passes for 339 yards and three TDs as the Saints held off the Chargers in London.
• Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson had his best game of the season, with 105 yards on the ground and 65 yards receiving with a TD catch. It was LT's 134th career TD, sixth on the all-time list. QB Philip Rivers had 341 yards passing with three TDs.
• Brees completed TD passes to Lance Moore, Mark Campbell and Devery Henderson and recorded his NFL-best sixth 300-yard game of the season.
• Last year, the Giants and Dolphins combined for 23 points in London. On Sunday, the Saints had 20 points in the second quarter alone.
-- ESPN research
The pregame entertainment featured a British flavor with a performance by rock band Stereophonics. ... American R&B singer Ne-Yo sang the national anthem, with British soul diva Joss Stone performing "God Save the Queen." ... 19-year-old British swimmer Rebecca Adlington wore her two Beijing gold medals around her neck as she served as honorary captain of the Saints for the coin toss. ... A pre-game tailgate party outside Wembley featured New Orleans-based jazz bands and a Mardi Gras parade. ... The game was broadcast live in the UK on both Sky Sports and BBC2. ... Former NFL receiving great Jerry Rice was in the commentary booth for BBC.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||7.3||6.1|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-6||4-5|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||6:37||Taylor Mehlhaff 23 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 14 plays, 69 yds, 8:26
|FG||3:34||Nate Kaeding 33 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 7 plays, 51 yds, 3:04
|TD||11:09||Devery Henderson, 12 yd pass from Drew Brees (Taylor Mehlhaff kick is no good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 89 yds, 4:06
|TD||8:57||Deuce McAllister, 1 yd run (Taylor Mehlhaff kick is good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 25 yds, 2:00
|TD||5:43||LaDainian Tomlinson, 12 yd pass from Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding kick is good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 66 yds, 3:17
|TD||3:37||Lance Moore, 30 yd pass from Drew Brees (Taylor Mehlhaff kick is good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 76 yds, 2:06
|TD||1:14||Antonio Gates, 12 yd pass from Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding kick is good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 64 yds, 2:21
|TD||10:20||Mark Campbell, 1 yd pass from Drew Brees (Taylor Mehlhaff kick is good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 87 yds, 3:43
|FG||3:30||Nate Kaeding 24 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 12 plays, 64 yds, 6:50
|TD||14:55||Mike Karney, 1 yd run (Taylor Mehlhaff kick is good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 77 yds, 3:36
|FG||9:38||Nate Kaeding 31 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 12 plays, 63 yds, 5:14
|TD||7:29||Vincent Jackson, 14 yd pass from Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding kick is good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 57 yds, 2:14