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Wrap-up: Saints 31, Chargers 24

Wrap-up: Saints 31, Chargers 24

ESPN.com profootballtalk.com CNNSI.com Updated Oct 7, 2012
Thoughts on the New Orleans Saints' 31-24 victory against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome: What it means: It was a nice night for the Saints. Suspended coach Sean Payton, assistant head coach Joe Vitt and general ma…
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  • Brees breaks Unitas' record

    Brees breaks Unitas' record

    The Saints notched their first win in style. Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas' record by throwing a TD in his 48th straight game, helping New Orleans rally to overtake San Diego 31-24.
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  • Saints starting CB Greer leaves due to hurt hip

    Saints starting CB Greer leaves due to hurt hip

    Saints starting cornerback Jabari Greer has left Sunday night's game against San Diego because of what team officials say is a hip injury.
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  • Drew Brees' streak defines him

    Drew Brees' streak defines him

    ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    Since his arrival in New Orleans in 2006, Drew Brees has been piling up huge numbers. He’s set records and won a lot of games -- and a Super Bowl. But I don’t think those records or even the Super Bowl are what define Brees. I think the record he set
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  • Robert Griffin III thinks he’ll play next week

    Robert Griffin III thinks he’ll play next week

    profootballtalk.com Oct 7, 2012
    Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was knocked out of Sunday’s game with a concussion, but he doesn’t think he’ll be out long. Griffin wrote on Twitter after the Redskins’ 24-17 loss to the Falcons on Sunday and said that he believes he’ll
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  • Robert Meachem gets first TD as a Charger in old home

    Robert Meachem gets first TD as a Charger in old home

    profootballtalk.com Oct 7, 2012
    Robert Meachem caught 23 touchdown passes in four years with the Saints. And though his first four games as a Charger were frustrating, he’s on the board with his 24th now. The Chargers jumped out to a 7-0 lead over the Saints, when Meachem caught a  1
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  • Seahawks D has way with Panthers in victory

    Seahawks D has way with Panthers in victory

    Russell Wilson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate with 35 seconds left in the third quarter to help the Seattle Seahawks beat the Carolina Panthers 16-12 on Sunday.
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  • The Colts Discount Double Checked And B.J. Raji-Shuffled All Ov…

    The Colts Discount Double Checked And B.J. Raji-Shuffled All Over The Packers: Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundup

    deadspin.com Oct 7, 2012
    Here's where we're putting the GIFs of the week, from Donald Brown triumphantly trolling the Packers to Brandon Lloyd dancing around like no one's looking. Only the Chargers and Saints have yet to play, so let's see what the week had to offer. More »
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  • Chris Ivory active for first time this season

    Chris Ivory active for first time this season

    profootballtalk.com Oct 7, 2012
    The Saints say that Mark Ingram isn’t the only thing wrong with their running game, but they’ve decided to take a look at another running back for Sunday night’s game against the Chargers all the same. Chris Ivory is on the 46-man roster for the fir
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  • Lance Moore, Nate Kaeding headline Chargers, Saints inactive li…

    Lance Moore, Nate Kaeding headline Chargers, Saints inactive lists

    yahoo.com Oct 7, 2012
    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is poised to surpass Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas' for the most consecutive games with a touchdown pass. If Brees can add a touchdown pass against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night, he'll have had…
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  • Imperfect Atlanta Falcons remain perfect

    Imperfect Atlanta Falcons remain perfect

    LANDOVER, Md. -- Arthur Blank is a cultured man who has experienced plenty of things in his life. That’s why I’m kind of chuckling at what the owner of the Atlanta Falcons said after his team defeated the Washington Redskins 24-17 on Sunday at FedEx F
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  • Mike Smith understands Falcons won’t get respect until they win…

    Mike Smith understands Falcons won’t get respect until they win in “second season”

    profootballtalk.com Oct 7, 2012
    The Falcons have rocketed to 5-0, and only a home game with the Raiders next Sunday stands in their way of entering the bye week at 6-0.  Coupled with the struggles of teams like the Panthers, Buccaneers, and Saints, it’s a matter of when Atlanta clinc
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  • RG3 'shaken up' after hit; return questionable

    RG3 'shaken up' after hit; return questionable

    ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III left Sunday's game in the third quarter after taking a big hit from Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.
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  • Eli extends 200-yard streak to 24 games

    Eli extends 200-yard streak to 24 games

    profootballtalk.com Oct 7, 2012
    On the same day that Saints quarterback Drew Brees could set the record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass at 48, Giants quarterback Eli Manning has extended his streak of consecutive games with 200 yards or more passing to 24. It’s the second
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  • Jon Beason, Aaron Hernandez headline late game NFL inactive lis…

    Jon Beason, Aaron Hernandez headline late game NFL inactive lists in Week 5

    yahoo.com Oct 7, 2012
    The Carolina Panthers will be without starting middle linebacker Jon Beason and cornerback Chris Gamble when they host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Beason (knee) and Gamble (shoulder) had been listed as "doubtful" on the Panthers' final inj…
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  • Halftime thoughts on Falcons-Skins

    Halftime thoughts on Falcons-Skins

    ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    LANDOVER, Md. -- The Atlanta Falcons are struggling as they try to start the season 5-0 for the first time in franchise history. They’re tied, 7-7, with the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. The Falcons put together a nice drive at the end of the firs
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  • Polite, Palmer out for Falcons

    Polite, Palmer out for Falcons

    ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    LANDOVER, Md. -- The Atlanta Falcons will be without starting fullback Lousaka Polite and reserve tight end Michael Palmer in Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins. Polite is sidelined with a hamstring injury and Palmer has been bothered by a sh
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  • Pagano remains very involved with the Colts, from his hospital …

    Pagano remains very involved with the Colts, from his hospital room

    profootballtalk.com Oct 7, 2012
    Like the Saints, the Colts don’t have immediate access to their head coach. Unlike the Saints, the Colts can hear from their head coach on a regular basis.  And they apparently will. Chuck Pagano remains hospitalized while he undergoes treatment for le
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  • ‘Skins hope to snap seven-game home losing streak

    ‘Skins hope to snap seven-game home losing streak

    profootballtalk.com Oct 7, 2012
    When the Redskins face the undefeated Falcons on Sunday at FedEx Field, the home team won’t simply be trying to keep Atlanta from getting to 5-0.  Washington also will be attempting to avoid falling to 0-8 in their most recent octet of home games. The
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  • Video - Wilson's sack-fumble seals victory 00:32

    Wilson's sack-fumble seals victory

    Oct 7
    New Orleans Saints DE Martez Wilson recovers the football after sacking San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers, helping solidify a 31-24 victory.
  • Video - Colston gets his third TD 00:26

    Colston gets his third TD

    Oct 7
    New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees lobs the ball to WR Marques Colston who comes down with the catch for a 5-yard TD to gain a 28-24 lead over the San Diego Chargers in the fourth quarter.
  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Seahawks-Panthers Recap 02:37

    Sunday Blitz: Seahawks-Panthers Recap

    Oct 7
    Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Seahawks' 16-12 win over the Panthers.
  • Video - Colston 19-yard TD 00:42

    Colston 19-yard TD

    Oct 7
    New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees hits WR Marques Colston for a 19-yard TD to gain a 14-10 lead over The San Diego Chargers in the second quarter.

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    Oct 7
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    Oct 7
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