Los Angeles Chargers kicker Mike Badgley had a field goal in the team’s 19-17 preseason loss to the New Orleans Saints. Here, he kicks a field goal against the Baltimore Ravens in a Jan. 6, 2019 playoff victory. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire)

The Los Angeles Chargers allowed the final 16 points, including Wil Lutz’s 28-yard field goal with one minute to play, in a 19-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints Sunday.

The Chargers (0-2) scored their points on three consecutive possessions in the second quarter. The preseason game took place at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson.

Neither Philip Rivers, nor the Saints expected starting quarterback, local resident Drew Brees, played Sunday.

First, Cardale Jones threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Andre Patton. Then, Michael Badgley kicked a 32-yard field goal. Finally, Troymaine Pope returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown three seconds before halftime.

New Orleans (1-1) began its comeback with Taysom Hill’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Austin Carr in the third quarter.

Hill concluded an 11-play, 69-yard drive on New Orleans’ next possession with a 1-yard pass to Ozigbo. That cut the deficit to 17-16. Anthony Lanier sacked Hill on the two-point conversion attempt, keeping the Chargers in the lead.

The Saints drove 50 yards on eight plays to set up Lutz’s winning field goal.

The Chargers’ attempt to regain the lead ended after four plays on the ensuing drive when rookie Easton Stick’s pass was intercepted.

The Chargers were outgained, 324 yards to 304, including 248-109 in the second half, before a crowd announced at 23,207.

Tyrod Taylor made his second consecutive start at quarterback for the Chargers, completing seven of 10 passes for 57 yards with one interception. Jones completed 10 of 14 passes for 111 yards in three series.

Stick, a fifth-round draft choice from North Dakota State who is competing with Jones to be the third-string quarterback, completed five of 13 passes for 62 yards.

– City News Service

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