EditorsNote: adds Rodgers quote before three-dot notes
EditorsNote: adds Rodgers quote before three-dot notes
Saints win shootout opposite Packers
NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints have struggled this deteriorate putting together a 60-minute game, yet quarterback Drew Brees, using behind Mark Ingram and a unexpected opportunistic invulnerability found a approach Sunday night to put all together and, in a process, chuck cold H2O on red prohibited Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Brees finished 27 of 32 passes for 311 yards and 3 second-half touchdowns and Ingram rushed for a career-high 172 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown brush in a final quarter, to energy a Saints to a 44-23 feat over a Packers during a Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
“Without question, it’s been a prolonged time in coming,” pronounced Brees, whose late interception final week contributed to a 24-23 detriment during Detroit and forsaken a Saints to 2-4. “We’ve apparently had a share of heartbreakers. All we talked about all week prolonged was entrance out here and not worrying about a scoreboard yet about execution. This was a ideal illustration of that.”
Considering any team’s offense, this was approaching to be a shootout, and it was. The Saints (3-4) rolled adult 495 yards in sum offense and 28 initial downs, while a Packers (5-3) gained 491 yards and 23 initial downs. With both Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson injured, Ingram got a career-high 24 carries.
In winning their 11th uninterrupted diversion during a Superdome, a Saints scored on 8 of their initial 9 possessions, with a usually misfire entrance when Ingram was stopped for no benefit on a fourth-down play on a initial array of a second half with a measure tied, 16-16. Neither group punted.
“The punters didn’t get a lot of work tonight,” pronounced Saints manager Sean Payton. “The plea entrance into this week was entrance off a tough loss. The leaders on this group responded. We played a genuine good team, and a turnovers were in a favor.”
The feat snapped a Packers’ four-game winning strain and put a hole in a conspicuous early-season run by Rodgers, who was picked off twice in a second half after carrying thrown 213 passes yet an interception.
Rodgers threw for 418 yards on 28 of 39 passing, yet both of his interceptions led to touchdowns as a Saints pennyless open a halftime tie with 21 uninterrupted points.
“Obviously, it’s a really unsatisfactory detriment for a football team,” Packers manager Mike McCarthy said. “We had a dual penalties in a red section that were negatives. Defensively, we stopped them on a fourth down, and other than that, we didn’t make them punt. They ran it and they threw it. Not a whole lot of defensive play tonight — a lot of offense.”
When a Packers pressed Ingram on fourth-and-2 from a Green Bay 43 on a initial array of a second half — and afterwards followed adult with another outing into a Saints’ red section — it looked as yet they competence be holding control.
But only as suddenly, Rodgers threw his initial interception given a deteriorate opener. His point pass for parsimonious finish Andrew Quarless was damaged adult by cornerback Corey White, and linebacker David Hawthorne plucked a round out of a atmosphere and returned it to a Saints’ 12.
It took Brees only 4 plays to expostulate a Saints 88 yards for a 23-16 lead. Brees got a boon on a low post to Brandin Cooks, who separate cornerback Tramon Williams and giveaway reserve Micah Hyde to give a Saints their initial lead, 23-16.
On their subsequent possession, a Packers gambled on fourth-and-1 from their possess 40, yet Hawthorne strike Eddie Lacy during a line of struggle and wrestled him down for no gain.
Four plays later, Brees found parsimonious finish Jimmy Graham one-on-one opposite Williams, and Graham used his physique and 8-inch tallness advantage to jump high for a 22-yard scoring locate for a 30-16 lead.
When Rodgers was picked off by White on a Packers’ subsequent possession, Brees changed a Saints 71 yards in 7 plays, removing a boon on a 2-yard toss to parsimonious finish Josh Hill, putting a Saints adult 37-16.
The Saints (3-4) tied a Carolina Panthers (3-3-1) in a win mainstay and will face a Panthers on a highway for a NFC South lead on Thursday night.
The 16-16 initial half could not have been played some-more evenly. Each group scored on all 4 of a possessions, and they did it in mirror-like fashion. The Packers scored initial on a 70-yard hook-up from Rodgers to Cobb, and afterwards combined margin goals of 31, 49 and 27 yards by Mason Crosby.
The Saints matched any measure to tie a game. Rookie far-reaching receiver Brandin Cooks done it 7-7 by scoring inexperienced on a 4-yard reverse, and kicker Shayne Graham combined margin goals of 31, 29 and 37 yards.
“We have 3 margin goals and afterwards a turnover in a red zone, and that’s really uncharacteristic of a group and of myself,” Rodgers said. “Taking points off a house is tough.”
NOTES: The Packers might have outsmarted themselves on their second possession, bursting out DE Julius Peppers as a far-reaching receiver on second-and-goal from a Saints’ 3. Peppers ran a point and forsaken a ideally thrown pass from Rodgers in a finish zone. The Packers had to settle for a 31-yard margin idea by K Mason Crosby. … The Packers were 0-of-3 in a red zone, settling for dual margin goals and throwing an interception. … Rodgers tweaked his left hamstring on a 7-yard hasten in a third quarter.