But some wonder if it might cost San Diego coach Mike McCoy his job.
The Saints roared back for a 35-34 victory, their first of their season.
The Chargers were ahead by 13 with less than seven minutes to go. It wasn't the first time this season that San Diego squandered a late edge. In all four games this year, the Chargers have owned the lead in the fourth quarter.
That said, the last-place Chargers are 1-3.
And with that all eyes are turning to McCoy, and just how is he hanging on?
This is a production-driven business; all about wins and losses. It's what every coach, player and anyone associated with the game recites.
That's why Sunday's devastating defeat was so damning for McCoy, in his fourth year in his first job as a head coach.
The Saints needed a triumph? Darn right.
But McCoy's thirst to drink from the victor's cup was equally strong.
With McCoy at the helm, the Chargers have lost 16 of their last 21 games. They've dropped nine of their past 10 road games. They haven't won a game in the AFC West since 2014.
They're coming off a 4-12 season which was their worst since 2003. McCoy fired his offensive staff in wake of that stinker, but the odor remains.
"I'll take the blame for everything that happens," McCoy said. "It starts with me."
But the man steaming was McCoy. He described himself as "furious" but otherwise declined to share his true emotions. Extremely furious?
"I can't say right now in this microphone how I really, truly feel," he said.
If nothing else, others could feel the heat coming off his seat.
"I know one way," McCoy said, when asked about his job security. "To come in tomorrow, work my (rear) off and get this team ready to go to Oakland. I don't worry about any of that. I am coaching this football team the way I know how to do it, and we're going to grind."