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San Diego 7 17 0 10 34
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Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California  Weather: 74°, Clear  Attendance: 60,641

Saints' Brees returns to San Diego for first time

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New Orleans Saints at San Diego Chargers

  1. The Saints fell to 0-3 with a 45-32 home loss to the Falcons Monday night, the second straight season they have started 0-3. No team has gone on to reach the playoffs after a 0-3 start since the Bills did it in 1998 (finished 10-6).
  2. San Diego has lost its two road games this season -- including a 26-22 setback in Indianapolis Sunday -- and won its only home contest (Week 2 vs. Jaguars, 38-14). The Chargers were held to just 37 rushing yards in last week's loss, their fewest since Week 5 of 2013 at Oakland (36).
  3. San Diego is 7-4 all-time against the Saints but has lost the last two meetings, both played in New Orleans: 37-32 in 2008, and 31-24 in 2012. The Chargers haven't hosted New Orleans since Week 9 of 2004 -- a 43-17 win with Drew Brees as San Diego's starting quarterback.
  4. Philip Rivers has thrown five touchdown passes and no interceptions through three games, the first time he's gone without an interception in his first three games of a season. His 109.5 passer rating ranks third in the NFL among qualifiers, behind only the Patriots' Jimmy Garoppolo (119.0) and Atlanta's Matt Ryan (119.0).
  5. Drew Brees was drafted in the second round by the Chargers in 2001 (32nd overall), and spent his first five NFL seasons in San Diego. In two career starts against them since moving to New Orleans (both wins), Brees has thrown for 709 yards (354.5 per game), seven touchdowns, and one interception.
  6. The Chargers' +39 point differential in the first half of games this season is the best in the NFL, while their -19 differential in the second half is tied with the Bears for second worst (Browns, -29).
Team Comparison

New Orleans
 
San Diego
26.3 Points 29.0
354.0 Pass Yds 263.0
81.3 Rush Yds 114.0
3 Takeaways 6

NEW ORLEANS -- It's hard to believe, but the last time New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees stepped inside Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego to participate in an NFL football game, he had a lightning bolt on his helmet and was buried under a pile, his throwing shoulder in tatters and his career hanging in the balance.

It was the end of an otherwise forgettable 2005 season. Brees, the Chargers' starting quarterback and one-time Pro Bowler, was sacked by Denver Broncos safety John Lynch and sustained a torn right labrum, which made it much easier and even logical for the Chargers to officially usher in the Philip Rivers era.

On Sunday, Brees, now 37, will return to San Diego with the 0-3 Saints to face the 1-2 Chargers in San Diego for the first time since his career-altering injury. That's eight Pro Bowls, six NFL-leading passing seasons and one Lombardi Trophy ago.

"I have great memories there," said Brees, one of the few bright spots during the Saints' second consecutive 0-3 start. "I had a chance to play with a lot of great players and with a lot of great coaches who impacted my career. They've been mentors for me and just great people.

"It's kind of weird that this is the first time we're going back there in 11 seasons. That's pretty wild. It's the only place we have not been to yet as a Saints team since I've ben here. The bottom line is I'm trying to get all that stuff out of the way, the sentimental stuff, so that when game day comes, it's all about what we have to do to win the game."

Rivers, who assumed the quarterback reins from Brees in 2006, said the two remain good friends despite their fiery competition as NFL newbies. Brees was drafted in the second round of the 2001 NFL draft and Rivers, now 34, was selected in the first round in 2004.

"It's crazy to think that he and I are still playing, and we were both on the same team and we've done a lot of great things," Rivers said. "As that season was winding down in '05, I knew one of us was not going to be here. I didn't think I could handle watching a whole other year. (He suffered) a terrible injury, but he fought back in Drew Brees fashion with the toughness he showed."

The Chargers came within a minute of being 2-1 last week, but they allowed a 63-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton to lose 26-22 at Indianapolis. The Saints, who lost their first two games to Oakland and the New York Giants by a combined total of four points, allowed five consecutive touchdown drives in falling at home to the Atlanta Falcons 45-32 on Monday night.

Both teams have been ravaged by injuries. For San Diego, wide receiver Keenan Allen and running back Danny Woodhead each suffered season-ending ACL injuries, and linebacker Manti Te'o was placed on IR this week after tearing his Achilles against the Colts.

"It's not just us," San Diego coach Mike McCoy said. "Look at the entire league with injuries. I wish I had an answer. We do everything -- strength and conditioning, preventative (measures). Every team does. Because you have a certain number of injuries this year, well, if you had the same program last year that all these guys went through, and then all of a sudden something happens this year, are you doing something wrong? Who's to say?"

The Saints were down four defensive starters last week against the Falcons, but linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (quad) and Kenny Vaccaro (ankle) might return for San Diego.

"One of the tricks is managing the roster right now," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "Ultimately, when you start working with moving parts, where you have some backups playing more, there is an attrition that can happen."

Brees has beaten the Chargers three times -- once in London and twice in New Orleans -- and he is looking for his third consecutive passing game of 400 yards and three touchdown passes against an AFC opponent. Brees leads the NFL with 1,062 passing yards and is tied for the NFL lead with eight touchdown passes.

Rivers, meanwhile, has thrown for 695 yards and five touchdowns in two career starts against the Saints.

Updated September 28, 2016

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