A fake punt on fourth and one was the catalyst for a Chargers domination. On their first drive of the game, the Bolts lined up in punt formation from their own 47. Jesse Chatman took the snap and gained 22 yards to setup a 12 yard touchdown pass to Antonio Gates.
Tim Dwight had a 48 yard run on a reverse on the Chargers next drive. A fumble by LaDainian Tomlinson almost ended the drive but Mike Goff came up with a huge pickup and advanced it to the nine yard line. Three plays later, Tomlinson punched it in.
Nate Kaeding booted field goals on successive drives, hitting one from 40 yards out and the other from 27 yards out.
The Saints scored between the Kaeding field goals. A phantom personal foul call on Jerry Wilson gave the Saints life after failing to convert on third and goal from the seven. Deuce McAllister took it in from two yards out to make the score 17-7.
A Wayne Gandy holding penalty on Shaun Phillips in the end zone in the third quarter turned a 20-7 lead into a 22-7 lead after the awarded safety. After the free kick, Drew Brees hit Keenan McCardell twice and Tomlinson added 15 yards to setup a touchdown pass to Gates, his second of the day.
Steve Foley forced a fumble on Aaron Brooks at the New Orleans 40 and Stephen Cooper recovered the fumble. A 33 yard pass interference call setup Gates third touchdown of the day and a 36-7.
Former Charger John Carney added a 37 yard field goal to make it 36-10. He missed one earlier in the game.
Jesse Chatman took over the game after that. Chatman added 29 yards rushing on six straight carries before giving way to Michael Turner. Turner gained five yards and Brees hit Kassim Osgood on consecutive passes, the second of which resulted in a touchdown from 12 yards out.
The Saints added a late touchdown with Brooks hitting tight end Boo Williams, the capper on the final score, 43-17.
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