Saints Zap Chargers 36-7

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 (AP) Alvin Kamara ran for a 2-yard touchdown, and New Orleans capped a productive week in Southern California with a preseason win over Los Angeles.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees was 7 of 9 for 59 yards with an interception in three series, while Philip Rivers was 5 of 7 for 29yards in a brief tuneup appearance for the Chargers.

New Orleans did not get its initial first down until late in the first quarter when third-string quarterback and special teams contributor Taysom Hill moved the chains by running a direct snap on a fake punt around the left side.

That helped set up Kamara's short touchdown plunge seven plays later. The Saints took an 8-7lead on a 2-point pass from Brees to Michael Thomas, the last throw Brees would make before giving way to Tom Savage.

Wil Lutz kicked field goals of 25 and 35 yards in the final two minutes of the first half, and Hill scrambled for an 11-yard touchdown run and a 2-point conversion on a keeper late in the third quarter. Cornerback Marcus Williams added a 59-yard interception return for a touchdown, which came seven plays after a pass interference penalty against Williams negated a ricochet TD return by linebacker Craig Robertson.

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