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SAN DIEGO -- Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints go into their bye week with their first win of the season, a crazy comeback against Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers. http://www.saintsrookiestore.com/Saints-Aj-Klein-Jersey/ .Brees and the Saints rallied with two touchdowns in the final 4 minutes, 50 seconds for a stunning 35-34 victory after the Chargers blew a 13-point lead by committing two crucial turnovers.A collective effort, said Brees, who spent his first five NFL seasons with the Chargers before suffering a shoulder injury and being allowed to leave as a free agent. We all felt we were meant to win this game no matter what had happened up to that point. Players made plays on both sides of the ball.With the Chargers trying to protect a 34-21 lead, Melvin Gordon fumbled and Darryl Tapp recovered at the San Diego 13, setting up Brees 5-yard TD pass to Michael Thomas on fourth-and-2 to pull to 34-28 with 4:50 to go.Travis Benjamin then fumbled after a reception and Nate Stupar recovered at the San Diego 31. Seven plays later, fullback John Kuhn scored his third TD of the game, on a 1-yard run. The PAT made it 35-34.Rivers, who was Brees understudy for his first two NFL seasons, was intercepted by B.W. Webb with 1:10 to go.It was the first win for the Saints (1-3).It was the third time this season the Chargers (1-3) blew a late lead.Here are some takeaways from the Saints big win:BYE TIME: Its a good way to go into the bye week feeling good about it, Stupar said. instead of 0-4 its 1-3. Weve just got to build from this, watch the film to get better and continue to use this moment to carry on throughout the bye week.REFLECTION: When the Saints came to Qualcomm Stadium to stretch their legs after a long flight Saturday, Brees walked to the spot in the west end zone where he suffered a career-changing injury on the last day of 2005, and said a prayer.It was a great time of reflecting, of just how far Ive come and our team has come, Brees said.It was the first time Brees played at Qualcomm Stadium since Dec. 31, 2005, when he injured his throwing shoulder in his final appearance as Chargers quarterback. He had surgery and was allowed to leave as a free agent, signing with New Orleans.That gave the starting job to Rivers.That last game in San Diego, I thought my career might have been over, Brees said. As I walked off the field, I thought it might be the last game I would ever play.COOL BREES: After the final gun, Brees ran over to the stands and traded high-fives with jubilant Saints fans. After showering and doing postgame interviews, he came back out on the field with several family members and friends. He said his kids have seen the highlight tape from his excellent 2004 season so many times that he wanted to let them recreate some plays on the field.WHITE HOT: Chargers coach Mike McCoy was furious after watching the meltdown. That performance in the second half is flat-out unacceptable, McCoy said. From the very opening kickoff return all the way to the very end. You cannot turn the ball over at critical times when you are trying to put the game away. Two times in a row. We absolutely gave this one away.So what next? I know one way and that is to come in tomorrow and work my (rear end) off and get this team ready to go to Oakland, McCoy said. I dont worry about any of that. Im coaching this football team the way I know how to do it and we are going to grind.NO LEAD IS SAFE: The Chargers seemed to have it in control after Rivers directed a 14-play, 74-yard scoring drive capped by Gordons second 1-yard scoring run of the game to give the Chargers a 31-21 lead with 12:15 to play. Rivers kept the drive alive with a pinpoint, 16-yard completion to Tyrell Williams to the New Orleans 7-yard line.Josh Lambo kicked a 47-yard field goal with 8:39 left to make it 34-21.Rivers said the Chargers still believe in McCoy.You look up and I dont know anything in the last six minutes that he could have done differently, Rivers said. Yeah, we still believe. ... Out of all games played so far this year, I feel as players we should have won them all. But we sit here and weve only won one of them.---Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL ;http://www.saintsrookiestore.com/T-Shirts/ . -- There were a lot of firsts for the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. http://www.saintsrookiestore.com/ . Olli Jokinen, Mark Scheifele, and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg won 5-2, handing Calgary its record-setting seventh consecutive loss on home ice. http://www.saintsrookiestore.com/Saints-Alvin-Kamara-Jersey/ . Argentina winger Ezequiel Lavezzi and France midfielder Blaise Matuidi scored, with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic setting up both despite having a poor game by his high standards. Forward Eduardo gave Ajaccio the lead in the sixth minute after being set up by right winger Benjamin Andre, and the Corsican side looked comfortable in the first half, with the lively Johan Cavalli causing problems with his probing runs from midfield. STANFORD, Calif. -- As Stanfords offense sputtered in the second half, Christian McCaffrey kept urging his teammates on that the offense could be better. Then he finally took matters into his own hands and iced away another win.McCaffrey scored his second touchdown on a late 41-yard run that helped lead No. 8 Stanford to a 26-13 victory over Kansas State on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.Stanford had just 30 yards in the second half before McCaffreys long touchdown run following a failed onside kick by Kansas State put the game away.By nature, hes not a patient human being. He wants everything to be perfect, coach David Shaw said. Like many players, he drives himself and he drives his teammates. At the end of the game, he kept saying it, `Were so much better than this. Were so much better. Its not about his yards, not about his carries, its about our machine when were humming.After a fast start led by quarterback Ryan Burns in his first career start, the Cardinal were far from a machine in the second half. With a new quarterback and three new offensive linemen, Stanford struggled to get anything going with a fumble and four punts to start the second half.But a defense that had eight sacks, one safety and two turnovers made sure it wasnt an issue.The defense bailed us out a lot in the second half, McCaffrey said. We just have to be better in a lot of different areas. We have a lot of new guys on this team playing their first college football game. Sometimes that comes back and haunts you, especially Week 1.Burns started fast by completing his first 10 passes, including a 40-yard touchdown strike to Michael Rector on the opening play of the second quarter.McCaffrey then got into the act with an electrifying 35-yard touchdown run. He froze safety Kendall Adams with a juke and raced to the end zone for the score.When he touches the ball enough, good things happen, coach David Shaw said.McCaffrey shattered Barry Sanders 27-year-old record by gaining 3,496 all-purpose yards last season when he finished second to Alabamas Derrick Henry in the Heisman. http://www.saintsrookiestore.com/Saints-Hau-Oli-Kikaha-Jersey/. He finished 126 yards on 22 carries and 210 all-purpose yards in the opener this year.He had those two big plays, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. Outside of that I think our guys defended him quite well.THE TAKEAWAYKansas State: The Wildcats inexperienced offensive line featuring two freshmen struggled. Stanford had eight sacks, including one in the end zone by Jordan Watkins for a safety. Jesse Ertz was briefly knocked out of the game in the second half after one hit. He recovered to throw a late TD pass to Isaiah Zuber.There was just absolutely no consistency with us offensively, Snyder said.Stanford: After converting his first five third-down passes into first downs, Burns struggled. The Cardinal had just one first down in the second half before McCaffreys second TD run. The defense was up to the task to make the lead hold but could have more trouble doing that once the Pac-12 schedule starts.WIPED OFF TDThe biggest highlight might have been a play that didnt even count. McCaffrey fielded a punt at his own, and made his way through almost the entire Kansas State coverage unit for a 97-yard score. The only problem was an illegal block by Curtis Robinson that wiped it all out and forced Stanford to start a drive on its own 2.There is a reason why there are no 97-yard punt returns because you should not catch the ball on the 3-yard line. He knows that, Shaw said. But what he did after he caught it, wow, thats the best punt return that doesnt count Ive ever seen.UP NEXTKansas State: The Wildcats play Florida Atlanta in their home opener Sept. 17.Stanford: The Cardinal are off before beginning conference play at home against No. 20 USC.QUOTABLEWeve set the bar for where we are. In two weeks, it has to be higher. I dont know how high we can get it, but it has to be higher than it was today, Shaw said. Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Nike Basketball Jerseys Wholesale Hockey Jerseys China Nike Baseball Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys China Cheap Football Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Canada Wholesale NHL Jerseys Canada Wholesale Nike MLB Jerseys Canada Cheap NBA Jerseys Authentic Canada Stitched Soccer Jerseys Canada Cheap Jerseys Canada NFL ' ' '
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